By Ettie Rutherford
As we all strive to survive one of the most challenging periods in modern-day history, one of the most important tasks that confronts us is, having the ability to accept personal feelings and actions, as we ask ourselves: “What are the right decisions to be made in such a time as this?”
“What does my family and friends expect of me, and what can I do to alleviate the hardships that have engrossed our lives?”
We go through this phase, because we are all imperfect humans, who do not have all the answers.
However, in order to keep smiling and feeling optimistic about the future, do try to:
· Identify your emotions. Being able to describe what you are feeling will help you to cope more effectively.
- Distinguish between actual difficulties and mere moodiness.
- Build a vocabulary that will deepen an understanding of how to communicate with others.
- Pay attention to your state of mind. Look for underlying causes and stop yourself, before your feelings become too intense.
- Talk about your feelings with family and friends, whom you trust. Pick an appropriate time and place and practice what you want to say about solutions, instead of all about problems.
- Give yourself permission to be vulnerable. It is okay to cry or be sad.
- Validate your experiences, while making rational decisions that will enable you to overcome challenges and strengthen relationships.
- Boost your mood with exercise. Physical activity reduces stress.
- Pause, before reacting, when emotions are strong. Avoid saying things that you might regret.
- Focus on, and be thankful for, your blessings, because so many people around the world would gladly change places with you.
- Keep remembering that God is still in charge.
Award-winning Ettie Rutherford, B.Ed, Dip.Ed, M.Ed, is an educator, life coach, consultant and author of “Why Perch Like A Chick When You Can Soar Like An Eagle?”. An accomplished public speaker, Ettie is the Founder and CEO of Women Are Worthy, which provides step-by-step strategies for women to achieve their goals, with a minimum amount of stress. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org