We often have very little control over the cards that we are dealt with in our lives. Life frequently presents us with several challenges, which can take a major toll on our wellbeing. Embracing these trying times with resilience, determination and being compassionate is key. We can then navigate our way through life and make meaning out of even our most difficult experiences.

Our Natural Human Response to Adversity

When we are faced with adversity, our natural human response is for us to create a shield to protect ourselves from the hurt. We then often end up going through life feeling very vulnerable and guarded. As well as being afraid of anything and anyone that can cause us harm. We may find ourselves trying to avoid any people, situations or circumstances that frustrate us. Or that even bring about any kind of negativity or pain. While this might provide some temporary relief, in the long run, this could lead to isolation. With a limited capacity to problem-solve and cope with difficult situations. 

However, what if there is more to life than the pain and suffering that we experience because of life’s challenges? What if we can try to take these challenges and transform them into opportunities for personal growth and to cultivate inner peace? Rather than closing ourselves off and detaching from the people and world around us, we can choose to open our hearts to whatever life throws at us. This is an invitation to tap into our own strength and resilience, and to realize our own potential to blossom and rise from the ashes.

3 Practical Tips to support us through Lifes’ Challenges:

  1. Try to accept whatever you are experiencing and let go of the need to control the outcome of any given situation. Instead, process your emotions and try to understand what the pain is trying to teach you. 
  2. Trust the process and in the natural order of things. You might be in a dire situation right now, however, try to have faith that whatever is happening serves your highest good. 
  3. Visualize your desired outcome and ask yourself what you require to get there. This can help you reshape your thought patterns, give you some clarity and a sense of direction. This means that you are not merely accepting a situation, but actively doing what is within your power to change it.

Responding to life’s challenges with compassion is not always easy, particularly when you’re going through something extraordinary. However, through navigating such adversity, you come to understand that we cannot deny the existence of difficulties. Instead, we can reframe our attitude, mindset and actions in a way that says: no matter what struggles we face, we always have the capacity to respond with compassion, strength, grace, and the belief in our capacity to persevere.

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Pamela Borg is a counsellor who enjoys working therapeutically with adults experiencing various issues. These include general mental health and wellbeing, gender, sexuality, relationship issues.


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