Sometimes in life, when you least expect it, the metaphorical dark clouds roll in and you find yourself in the midst of a storm.
Suddenly, there’s turmoil all around you – and inside of you. No matter if you’re shaken up by an accident, the onset of new symptoms, betrayal by a loved one or financial problems, it can feel like you’re just one blow away from caving in.
When the winds of life are raging, what can you do to weather the storm?
Firstly, it helps to realize that unsettling events are a normal and unescapable part of being human. Getting stuck wondering “Why is this happening to me?’ or feeling that life is unfair will probably only fuel the emotional unrest within you.
Your main job is to keep yourself (and your loved ones) safe until the storm is over. That means you have to take extra good care of yourself. We tend to load up on coffee and comfort food, stay up too late and skip our daily walk when we’re in a crisis situation. And that’s fine to handle a one-time incident. But if you find yourself in a stormy period in life, then you actually need more self-care to make it through, not less.
So rest up and nourish yourself with supportive nutrients whenever you can. Try to get some natural daylight and fresh air every day, and move your body in gentle ways that you enjoy.
Ground yourself with soothing rituals, like lighting a candle at dinner, reading a book before bed each night, having a morning cup of tea in silence before your hectic day starts or catching up with your best friend once a week. You could also turn to your faith or your most important values to anchor yourself when you feel like you’re getting lost in all the commotion. In general, this is not the time to make big life changes or major decisions.
Instead, try to find moments of calm within the chaos. Do a short breathing exercise to soothe your nervous system, a 5-minute meditation to quiet your racing thoughts or a mindful body scan to release tension in your body.
And don’t forget: behind the clouds, the sun never stops to shine, and even the heaviest storm will eventually pass.
Sometimes, your figurative storm leaves a trail of destruction in its wake. Take your time to grieve all that you’ve lost. After a while, you may find that – although obviously you wish things could have stayed the same – this can also be an opportunity to rebuild things in a new, and maybe even better, way.
Finally, remember that inevitably, you will be facing turbulent times again. So have a metaphorical raincoat and umbrella at hand – like a coping kit or resilience strategies – for the next time the storm hits.
Hopefully these 19 quotes will help you weather the storm in your life, and come out safely on the other side.
What helps you to weather the storms of life?
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