9 tips to recover from an emotionally challenging situation
Part of the human condition involves dealing with emotionally challenging moments, but some of them are much more difficult to recover from than others.
Here are nine tips that are universally helpful:
KEEP A JOURNAL OF YOUR FEELINGS
Your feelings aren’t going to go away because you opt not to deal with them. Instead, they will pop up in unexpected ways and may take much longer to deal with if you don’t face them head on. One of the best ways to do this is to write in a journal on a regular basis. Make sure that your journal is completely private so that you can freely write all of your thoughts.
SEEK OUT A LIKE-MINDED COMMUNITY
Talking to people who are like-minded can offer you a safe sounding board for your feelings and fears. If you are afraid to openly express your current feelings to someone you know, you can utilise an anonymous app or online services such as Paralign or Samaritans.
CREATE SPACE FOR YOURSELF
Sometimes, an emotionally challenging situation requires people to give a lot of themselves to others. During this time, they may be unable to deal with their feelings because they are too busy helping others. If this has happened to you, it’s important to make some space for yourself so that you can begin the recovery process.
A staggering 16 million American adults suffer from at least one major depressive episode per year. This is often caused by situational depression, which is something that you may be able to successfully deal with more quickly by enlisting the help of a trainer counsellor. A professional will listen to you without passing judgment or telling you what to do.
Often, the easiest way to gain some perspective on our issues is to take a break from them. The entire goal of meditation is to be mindful and avoid dwelling on your problems or emotions.
PUT DOWN THE SNACK FOOD
It is normal to be attracted to comfort food and snacks when you’re feeling upset or depressed. Studies have found that comfort food offers a strong positive association for most people, so it’s okay to indulge for a day or two. After that, though, you’ll only do yourself more harm if you persist in eating junk food.
When your stress levels are through the roof, it can feel impossible to fit in some exercise. Unfortunately, this is exactly when you need it the most. If you can make time for even a 20 minute walk each day, you’ll lower your cortisol levels.
BE HONEST WITH THOSE WHO HAVE HURT YOU
Is your current situation linked to emotional pain that was caused by someone else? It may be necessary to express this pain to them in order to truly move forward. The important thing to remember is that you always have the right to say how you feel, but you don’t have the right to expect a specific response.
FINDS THINGS TO BE GRATEFUL FOR
Science has proven that expressing gratitude can improve your mental and physical health. Therefore, even if you currently feel like the world is a dark cesspool, it’s vital to look for anything that you can feel grateful about. Make a gratitude board or journal and challenge yourself to express gratitude for at least one thing per day.