This topic is very close to my heart, having undergone tough personal times in the recent past.
No matter what tough times you may be undergoing, there is a purpose for it, as hard as it may seem to believe in the moment. Tough times do not last but tough people do. Are you undergoing trying moments? The following are tips to help you through the storm.
Have a positive attitude and surround yourself with positive people. People with a positive outlook and mood, people who are supportive and encouraging will help you weather the storms of life. We tend to adopt the same attitude of those we associate with the most. In the same breathe rid yourself off toxic people. People who do not have your best interests at heart or deplete you off positive vibes are best kept at bay. Your attitude more than anything else is the most important tool in overcoming adversity in life.
Acknowledge your fear. Personally, during this time of the corona virus pandemic, I am scared of losing my life or those of people dear to me. I am worried, were the pandemic to escalate in Kenya, will my beloved country be able to cope? I am also apprehensive about social and economic security. If jobs are lost, or businesses crumble, how will we survive? Are some of the thoughts crossing many a mind at this moment in time.
Talk to someone about the fears or the challenging times that you may be undergoing. When you talk to others about your fears, you open up to your fears. Talking to others also helps you deliberate on the best way to handle a situation.
Practice self care, self love and also self development during trying and perilous times in life. Exercise, eat healthy, have sufficient sleep, read entertaining books and watch relaxing movies. I have been trying out some simple isolation treats with my father’s first harvest avocados for example.
Look beyond the adversity. Life in some aspects must go on. Focus on that. Look back to times in your life when you underwent challenging times and overcame and remember that too. Practice acceptance. As the words of the famous Serenity prayer say;
God, give me grace to accept with serenity
the things that cannot be changed,
Courage to change the things
which should be changed,
and the wisdom to distinguish
the one from the other.
Care to share ways in which have helped you overcome adversity? To be continued next week.
April 2020 – Be still, in the quiet, in the still
Spiritual nuggets in the times of corona Covid- 19 pandemic
© Kwambie Nyambane, April 2020
P.S: As a Kenyan Wellness and Inspirational writer, on behalf of my blog, and the community of my blog www.wachanikwambe.com, it is with deep sorrow that we condole with the family of Prof Ken Walibora, a literary legend and master of the Kiswahili language.We celebrate his life and his works will continue to inspire us..May his soul find eternal rest.