How to Remain Cool as a Cucumber When Life is Hard
All Calm In the Mountains!
We live in a world of stress. We exist in a reality in which tranquility is a pipe dream for most people. People are stressed out all the time; countries are perennially on the verge of some form of economic, linguistic, or cultural conflict. The planet, for the most part, is in a crazy rat race that leaves almost everyone drained out.
How's it going with you?
Life is difficult. It is filled with worries aplenty. Maintaining one's sanity is often easier said than done. At the same time, you need not be tossed about helplessly by the travails of reality. You have it in you to face up to the challenges that are thrown at you and do a pretty good job of it.
You Can Go Higher!
It helps to see the larger picture. Do this from time-to-time. When your situation is raining blows on you, step back and recount events from the recent past. Go on a journey of reminiscence and relive fond memories. Do this even if hardly anything of substance surfaces. This exercise will make you a more grateful and positive person capable of radiating strength to others.
Never forget that taking a few deep breaths combats panic in a big way. It helps one perform actions and say things in a measured and unhurried way.
Nice and Slow!
Have reasonable expectations of yourself. Don't be a perfectionist. Perfectionism is a misnomer. It is an imperfect and impractical ideology. Be your own best friend. Cherish your memories, even those of mess-ups. You are a very important person. You are one-of-a-kind.
Don't be a perfectionist. Perfectionism is a misnomer. It is an imperfect and impractical ideology.
Invest your valuable time in growing relationships that are more valuable than your time. Spend money on someone less fortunate than you. People are more important than money. Fulfill someone's craving for love. Be a soothing balm to someone who has been beaten black-and-blue by the unflattering reality of his or her situation. You will be rewarded for your goodness. Your largesse and compassion will be reciprocated at the most opportune time.
Every Person is Precious
As people, we are spiritual beings. Acknowledge this fact, and connect with your inner self. Become aware of the self-dialogue that goes on within you. This will require disciplined effort at the start but will become easier with time. Block out pessimistic and energy-draining beliefs. Allow hope to seep into your being; nurture it at all times. Look at past events through rose-tinted glasses. Nothing wrong with that...
The Inner Reality Determines the Outer Experience
Stop trying to please others. You are in the best position to make decisions for yourself. Ask those who matter for their opinions, but make your decisions yourself. If something you do is not agreeable to someone, let it be so. Don't bend over backwards to reach a consensus with him or her.
When you fall, realize that you are going through an educative experience. Look for the opportunity to learn and make yourself a tougher competitor and a harder nut to crack. Even in your darkest hour, you are a champion made for victory.
Champs Deserve the Best!
Age is not always just a number. Every now-and-then, seek help from someone older and wiser than you. Let him or her help you with handling your emotional burdens. When seeking out such a person, never forget that grayer the hair, greater the care!
Never forget that sanity is overrated. Don't take your life too seriously. For all you know, it could be a joke. Humor works where hard work fails.