Dealing with Difficulties In Rough Times

Despite being fortunate to be working from home during these rough times, I find myself facing difficulties of focus, energy, and productivity. There’s so much going on, so much I want to do, so much I need to do. Yet I’m pulled this way and that and end up getting nowhere.

Do you find yourself in a similar situation?

If you’re like me and need a little guidance on how to handle things right now, here’s a few thoughts to keep in mind. These aren’t in any sort of order. Hopefully they help.

1. You’re Not Alone

Everyone is in the same storm a some degree. We all have fears, anxiety, uncertainty, frustrations. Sometimes it’s helpful to know that our situation is not unique.

2. Expectations vs. Reality

All of us have a story we tell ourselves about how the world is, how people are, how we are. But that story isn’t always that way things really are and when that is the case we often feel unease. Recognizing the difference between our story and reality may help alleviate some of that unease.

3. Call Out Your Distractions

Sometimes when we feel unease or discomfort, we avoid confronting it and lean into distractions. Often this takes the form of bad habits and dopamine enhancers (like watching too much YouTube. You caught me!). Name the things you are using as distractions right now and see how they are keeping you from confronting the source of your discomfort.

4. The Only Constant Is Change

Nothing is permanent other than change itself. This situation, or whatever you are facing right now that is causing you distress, is not permanent. It will change.

5. Give Thanks

Practicing gratitude has been shown to have great results, physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Take a few seconds each day to say thanks for something. Use whatever works for you. Tell someone, write it down, whisper it to your dog. Give it a try and see how you feel.

Let me know if these thoughts have helped in any way, or if you have other thoughts that have help you deal with difficulties in your life. I’d love to hear them.

Until next time…

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