When you are facing a difficult situation, in particular one that involves major change, it can be a struggle to keep in mind that what you’re experiencing now won’t last forever; it is just a small moment in time.
Perspective is the window through which you view life, situations and other people. Even in the midst of challenging times, keeping an optimistic viewpoint is possible and can help you moving forward. Here are three steps you can use to help you take a step back, see the whole picture and keep your eye on the light at the end of the tunnel.
- Destress: Remove yourself from the situation, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Changing your focus can help you relax and reset your outlook. Try listening to music, going for a walk, talking with a friend or reading Reducing the Intensity of Stress for other tips to recharge.
- Breathe: Try one of the Resilience Boosters to help you relax, release tension and build your emotional fitness. Just a 5 – 7 minute investment of time can help you deal with negative feelings in the moment and be better equipped to adapt to change.
- Consider: Take a few moments to look at the entirety of your situation. Ask yourself, “How will this matter to me in a week, or a year, or a decade?” or “What can I do to move forward?” Focus on things that are within your control will help you keep moving forward. Click here to read more about the importance of resilience and how to bounce back from hard times.
For additional resources on how to cope with disruption in your life, check out the Staying Flexible During Change article on the WellBeing Place blog.
Need assistance with finding or maintaining perspective about a challenging situation? Call SupportLinc for in-the-moment support and guidance. SupportLinc’s licensed clinicians are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, at no cost to you.