There are always times in our lives when we succumb to pressure. Though we won’t likely end up hysterically complaining about work and school like in the movies, chances are we will suffer as much.
The worst can happen to the best of us. No one is immune to struggles and failure: you haven’t experienced what life has to offer if you were never rejected (whether if it’s a job application or in a romantic context) or went through hell on earth.
The challenges do not break us: the way we respond is responsible for doing so. Once we lose all rationality, logic and determination, we lose the chance of getting through the bumpy road we’re treading on.
Personally, I’ve faced problems before and I deeply regret the way I reacted. I ended up posing more problems for myself and my family.
So, if you’re currently in a deep pit of doom, do not despair and face climb out of it in your own terms.
Sleep It Off
Is this a joke?
Regardless if it’s a report you need to compile at work or a project you need to work on at school, don’t lose sleep over it.
You might say that “sleeping is unproductive” and doing so “will make you lose valuable hours”, but it’s the contrary.
Once a challenge has been given and you don’t have any clue where to start, panic creeps in which in turn will make you irrational and emotionally unstable.
Though sleeping your problems away doesn’t solve them, it freshens you up and gives you the energy to face the daunting task with optimism.
Scientifically, psychologists say the solutions to your problems may already be on your brain – sleeping and dreaming help unlock it.
If you’re having a hard time dealing with the challenges thrown at you, curl up into the arms of Hypnos and get enough sleep.
Take a step back
If you’re currently facing a brick wall separating you from the solutions to your problem, take a step back and walk away.
No, you’re not running away from your problems: you’re just going to find a better vantage point.
Temporarily turning your back on the task on hand will allow you to see the clearer picture, allowing you to find better solutions with ease.
For example, a common practice done by journalists and writers is to leave their write-ups for an hour or a day before correcting them. This gives them the chance to see mistakes clearly, thus allowing them to further improve their work.
Work on your bucket list
If you’re thinking of quitting your job thanks to extreme stress and about to lose your grip on life, instead of filing a resignation letter, write a request for a leave instead.
Start crossing out the items on your bucket list. If you don’t have one, then make one: take a trip to a tropical paradise, go parasailing and kite boarding. A temporary reprieve from your stressful life will allow you to have a more positive outlook the next time you face your demons.
Give yourself a break and time to enjoy life before you start losing it. Overburdening your body and mind with work and problems won’t help you accomplish your tasks.
Vacations are never a waste of time, unless if you don’t make the most of them! Spend it with your family, friends and loved ones!
Overall, the key here is being in a mindset which will allow you to face your problems at your best!
Mikhail Blacer is a sports junkie currently the sports editor for Scoopfed, an online magazine and works part time as a peer counselor in his locality. Strike up a conversation through his e-mail (email@example.com) and Twitter.