Dealing with Adversity

We are sometimes faced with things that make our lives difficult.  The question is: do we treat these times as a blessing or a burden?

2020 - the world is in lockdown in a bid to contain the Covid-19 virus.  For many in the developed world this means lying on the couch watching tv, eating, sleeping - repeat.

Some have chosen to take this time to be creative, work on projects that have been put aside, others have continued working from home.

Whether you treat adversity as a blessing or a burden will determine how much you grow.  Acceptance that the challenge has come to you for a reason - a lesson if you will - means that responding, rather than reacting will provide you with much greater insight into your own abilities and your ingenuity to move through the present conditions and come out the other side stronger, wiser and more in-tune with your true path.

It may not be easy, but it will be worthwhile.

Here are some tips to help you regain your equilibrium in turbulent times:

  1. Mindfulness, stay in the moment.  The past and future are abstract.  What matters is now.
  2. Breathing.  Feeling anxious, fearful, vulnerable.  Take deep breaths. Breath in as much air as you can and push it down to through your diaphram and up into your chest until you feel as if you will burst.  Hold that breath for a few moments, then let it out slowly.  Do this until you feel calm.  This acts as a circuit breaker when things are starting to get on top of you.
  3. Patience.  Patience is rewarded with success.
  4. Empathy.  Everyone has problems.  People react in various ways because of their own situation.  Set your boundaries, remain calm, be kind.
  5. Feeling the Emotion, then letting it go.  It is ok to feel frustrated, angry, sad, emotional.  Feel it, then let it go.  By acknowledging and feeling your emotions you will be better able to manage them.

Every now and then go away, have a little relaxation, for when you come back to your work your judgement will be surer;  since to remain constantly at work will cause you to lose power of judgement ...

Go some distance away because the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance, and a lack of harmony or proportion is more readily seen.

Leonardo Da Vinci

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