We have all been there at certain points in our life where a challenging moment arrives, inducing all sorts of anxiety and stress.
I loved reading Paulo Coelho's quote on encountering a storm as his words resonated deeply within me.
"I have seen many storms in my life. Most storms have caught me by surprise, so I had to learn very quickly to look further and understand that
a] I am not capable of controlling the weather
b] I needed to master the art of patience and
c] the fury of nature may be a blessing, not a curse
- Paulo Coelho"
Here are my 5 ways of coping during a storm.
1) Let go
Sometimes there is nothing left to do, and all that is left to do is to let go of the doing and to simply be. I've learned that it is equally powerful saying to myself, "I will not make a decision on this or do anything about this right now. All there is to do, is to...be." Life unfolds in a beautiful way, no matter the challenges.
2) Change your perspective
Instead of looking at the storm or the challenging situation as a problem or mistake, look at it as an opportunity to grow and change. The glass is always half full (or even full), never half empty.
3) Have faith
Know that everything is going to be okay and will be okay. Never doubt that the universe is doing everything to support you in your journey on this Earth.
4) Go outside
This works for me immensely. Sometimes I can get so wound up, that I start to want to do more (work) or communicate more (relationship) to solve the problem or the challenging situation. Connecting with nature centres and grounds me and allows me to come back to a more balanced state of being. In extremely dire times, lie on the grass in the park on your back, close your eyes and imagine the Earth giving you energy and filling you up, and the sun shining down on you, replenishing your soul and being.
Know that every challenging situation which comes your way is only a matter of growth, understanding and learning. Allow yourself to feel the pain of the moment, and never feel pressured to get into some sort of "positive" place.
It is okay to feel pain, anxiety and stress. Feel it. Then, allow yourself to gain some distance on it, for another layer of understanding of yourself. I also liked what Paulo Coelho said, "Instead of trying to prove that you're better than you think, just laugh. View your anxieties with humour."
By Malvina Kang