Clients are often concerned about how to stay positive and persevere when life gets difficult or overwhelming.
Mindset plays a big part in those who can persevere with a smile. It is important to tackle challenges and do everything we can on a day-to-day basis to resolve problems we face. It is important to find appropriate people to help when we cannot solve things on our own. But it is equally important to know when to take a rest, regroup, and let things unfold. I have often seen in the lives of my clients as well as my own personal life, that when we are really stuck on a problem sometimes the best thing to do is to completely let it go and direct our attention somewhere else.
Sometimes problems are not solvable, at least in the moment. Also, it’s very important not to lose hope. Many things work out on their own, just with the passage of time!
My grandmother used to say that people need projects to keep their minds distracted from their problems. She was always doing handicrafts, helping her neighbors, doing things for others, and cooking for her family. She was a very peaceful woman with a gentle heart. She never complained. If her friends would ever get depressed, she would involve them in projects. They felt useful and it took their mind off of their troubles.
Another idea is to help others in need. Have you ever noticed the unexpected goodness that comes when we give to others unselfishly?
Intelligent distraction can be a very helpful tool when we’re overwhelmed and we cannot solve problems. Whether it is reading a book, watching a good movie, doing a creative project, working in the garden, spending time with children, cooking, exercise, yoga, meditation, or doing some good deed for another person, it’s important to give our minds a mental break from stress. When we do this it will be amazing to notice how often seemingly intractable problems resolve themselves in time.