There’s no denying that life can throw us some serious curve balls.
When I was going through my divorce, I felt like I had been hit by a truck. All the air just sucked right out of my body. It left me feeling suffocated and alone. It was as if my life had come crashing down around me.
When we’re faced with a crisis, it’s easy to feel like we’re going to be stuck in our current situation forever, and we have no control over what happens next.
But … what if I told you that crises don’t have to be negative? In fact, they can be the catalyst for creating the life you’ve always wanted to live.
If you’re willing to turn your crisis into freedom, here are ten tips on how to start:
- Acknowledge the crisis. Don’t try to ignore it or pretend it isn’t happening. Face up to the reality of the situation and accept that you’re in the middle of a crisis.
- Take action. Don’t just sit around feeling bad about your current situation. Taking steps to resolve the crisis is essential for moving forward.
- Focus on what you do have, not what you don’t. When you’re going through a crisis, it can be easy to feel like you have nothing left to give. But focusing on what you do have-like your family and friends who love and support you, the fact that you still have a roof over your head, or even things as simple as having food to eat or a warm bed to sleep in-can help you feel gratitude for what you do have. Be grateful for all of your blessings. Acknowledging what you have going on right now, even if it is difficult, will help you see that there are many things in your life that you still have to be thankful for.
- Believe in yourself. When things are looking bleak, it can be hard to have faith that you can turn your situation around. Remind yourself of all your hard work, dedication, and talent that made you the person you are today. When this crisis is over, it will all have been worth it as you move forward into a better future for yourself.
- Dream about a better tomorrow. If you allow yourself to think big, you can envision a future free of the stress and pressure that your crisis is causing you. By embracing your dreams, you can use them as motivation to turn things around for yourself in real life.
- Keep a positive attitude. When you’re going through a crisis, it can be easy to get bogged down by negative emotions and pessimistic thoughts. Try your best to avoid this trap! Work on cultivating positivity instead.
- Look for the silver lining in every cloud. Even an extremely difficult situation comes with its share of good things, so try to focus on these.
- Don’t give up hope. You can turn your crisis into freedom by staying hopeful that your current situation will get better and you will find the strength to overcome it in due time.
- Don’t try to do it all on your own. Ask for help from family, friends, or professionals.
- Think about your future. Remember that a crisis is a short period of time, and it will pass soon enough. Overcoming a crisis today gives you the chance to build a better future for yourself by learning from this experience and becoming stronger as a result.
When you’re going through a crisis, it can be hard to see any way out. You may feel like you’re stuck in a cycle of pain and suffering that you can’t escape. But there is always a way you can turn your crisis into freedom.
Articles cited: https://positivepsychologyprogram.com/crisis-turn-embrace
Articles cited: https://www.motivateyourselfnow.com/5-keys-to-turning-a-crisis-into-freedom/
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Fiona Craig is a life coach, psychotherapist, business mentor, and published author of the award winning self-help book, “Stuck in a Rut – How to rescue yourself & live your truth” helping women remove the fear, worry and guilt to confidently take the steps towards creating the life they want to live.
Fiona has been interviewed by The Australian Women’s Weekly, Women’s Fitness Magazine and The New Daily and written articles for Collective Magazine, Herald Sun Melbourne, Sunday Life Magazine, Career One, I Am Woman Magazine, plus Mouths Of Mums and other online publications. You can learn more about working with Fiona at www.lifebalancecoach.com.au or call 0405 433 217.