There are certain incidents in one’s life which challenge the very basis of all the principles that you have believed and lived by…either such incidents make you or break you! In case of latter, they often leave a mark which takes a long long time to heal. You may come out of it a stronger person or you may choose to dwell in self pity and remorse! But do you have a choice? Yes! You do. You have the choice of looking at the positives that such an incident gets with it, the lesson it offers you and the inner strength that it helps you discover. I have often seen and experienced that life balances itself out. Where it gives you hurt, it gives you reasons which justify that hurt. If it takes away something from you, it gives you a lot to thank God for. If it makes you stumble and fall, it also gives you the strength to get up and run…the yin-yang balance:) Optimism from a pessimist like me is a big deal..trust me! So if I can see it, why can’t you? One usually turns philosophical when one is pained…and so is the case with me. Some pointers which i would like to share:
- Don’t try and be strong. Cry, fuss, crib..do anything and everything that helps you get things out of your system (even if it means stress eating! :P)
- Talk about it…to friends, family or anyone you are comfy confiding in..Speak about it and tell them exactly how you feel, pushing it under the carpet never helps.
- Stop judging yourself for the things you do or the way you react.Give yourself a long rope and tell yourself you are well within your rights to be unreasonable..People who care for you will understand (trust me!)
- I know people advise not to slip into the self pity mode..I beg to differ! Feel bad for yourself and pity yourself..for as long as you feel like. You feel like a victim..fair enough! Behave like one..who cares? Do not mask your emotions, let them flow.
- Take a break if possible..a new surrounding does wonders! Avoid making it a solitary confinement..tell a friend to tag along.
- Get into a routine..have a choc-o-block schedule. Also, get back to your hobbies (you will realize there is so much to do! and so much you are good at 🙂 Make sure you have yourself occupied for most part of the day.
- Start a rigorous exercise schedule..it could be running, hitting the gym with a vengeance or just playing a sport which involves a lot of physical effort. (the feel good hormone theory works!)
- Last but not the least….acceptance! Accept the situation, the hurt, the guilt, the bad, the good or whatever there is to it..Accept things and move on for life can not be lived by constantly looking in the rear view mirror. Life moves on..so must we!
A biker friend of mine made a wonderful observation when he told me “The one thing that cycling has taught me is…when it is getting harder and harder, you are definitely going uphill” The same stands true for life 🙂