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Dealing with Adversity and Difficulty

Dealing with Adversity and Difficulty

Looking at the Problem

When we look directly at a problem we can accept it more readily. People often spend so much effort and time denying their problems that they lose a lot of energy spinning their wheels. This effort instead could be used to overcome their problems.

Identify what you are feeling and thinking about the adversity/problem. When we identify what we are feeling, our left brain, the rational side, helps us calm our feelings down and we can start to act on and do something about those feelings. Journaling is a way to identify your thoughts and feelings and manage difficult situations well. I remember when I was completing my Ph.D. when I was writing my literature review one semester I was also required to keep a journal. The process of journaling revealed topic areas of interest and my thoughts and feelings over this period. It was a very effective way of managing myself throughout the semester.

Leaning into the Problem

Stepping into the issue and finding out more about it can inform you about how to deal with it more effectively. Learning more about an issue will assist you in coping with it quicker and more thoroughly. When you have a problem determine how and what you could do to learn more about the problem.

The best way out is always through….Robert Frost.

If you know people who are skilled in dealing with your situation or problem you could ask them for help or if you have the means pay them to support you through it.

Reframing the Problem

Reframing is a way of changing the way you look at adversity and, thus, changing your response to the experience. For instance, if you reframed an adverse situation you could ask yourself, “What is the gift in this experience?” This question could open up the situation and allow you to see new possibilities. When we reframe an experience we can keep the momentum going, giving us opportunities to lower stress, enhance our development, and shift the meaning in situations where we were previously stuck.

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Written by : Mary-ann

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