6 Strategies for Embracing Your Obstacles

It’s a simple fact of being human—everyone faces adversity at least once in their life. Whether it’s illness, divorce, unemployment, or any other sort of life crisis, you are bound to have to deal with obstacles at some point. What you may not realize is that there are strategies to help you deal with your life challenges and get you through.

1.     Be present

It’s tempting to turn away from your problems or even deny there’s any problem at all. But by staying in the present and acknowledging that you’re in crisis, you will be able to deal with whatever is in front of you and find a solution. And in facing your problems, you will learn from them and become a better person, more capable of dealing with whatever life throws at you.

2.     Embrace what is

Wishing for a different life or a different outcome is understandable, but it is not sustainable and won’t change anything. Your problems will still be waiting for you when you come back to reality. Learn to accept your life as it is in all its messiness. Embrace the bad with the good, and don’t wish your life away.

3.     Don’t rush

It’s perfectly okay to take your time in achieving your goals. When you rush, you’re more likely to make mistakes. Taking things slowly and carefully gives you time and space to course-correct if you need to and build the life you genuinely want.

4.     Be grateful

Sometimes it’s easy to focus on the negatives—what you don’t have or what’s missing. Be grateful for what you have right now. Look around you and count your blessings, big and small. No matter how bad things are, you will always have something for which to be thankful.

5.     Don’t run away from your feelings

There’s so much emphasis on being happy that it’s tempting to squash down the bad feelings. But feeling sad or let down, angry or frustrated is just as much part of being human as being happy. Acknowledge how you feel right now, express your feelings, and let them process. It’s healthy to experience the full range of emotions and not to bottle up or deny the ones you don’t like so much.

6.     Roll with the punches

When it comes down to it, everyone is making mistakes all the time. It’s the way humans learn. Accept that mistakes are part of living a full life, and don’t let failure define you as a person. An error is merely an indication that you need to adapt or change. Learn from your mistakes, learn compassion, and be kind to yourself. You’ll make it!