In life, we go through lot of ups and downs and some weeks can be harder than others. It doesn’t necessarily mean that there has been some major life changing event or grievance. Sometimes our emotions become heightened without a seemingly reasonable explanation. For whatever you are going through, when you are finding things tough it can feel like you are losing control and life is just slipping away from you. If you start out the week with high hopes, you can feel disappointed in yourself when things aren’t going to plan. There are times when life just gets in the way and all there is to do is accept what is. I’ve been feeling a little under the weather lately and all the things I usually feel so motivated for have been lacking. I’m taking some time to recharge and in the process wanted to share some tips I am practising for getting through a tough week.
Sit with your feelings
So often it can feel like our lives are too busy to permit us the time to sit and think about how we feel. I have found that overtime, trying to deflect your feelings only causes a build up of unwanted emotions and further pain. Just taking 5 minutes out of your day to ask yourself how you are feeling helps to ensure you are keeping in touch with yourself. A lot of the time simply acknowledging how we feel removes the pressure of needing to act or feel a certain way when we don’t feel like it.
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Schedule some time out of office
Work can take up so much of our lives and consume us if we are not careful. It’s easy to fall into the trap of checking emails at weekends, or if you have multiple jobs it’s hard to find an off switch. It can be beneficial to plan out some time away from your usual routine. If you are trying to get through a tough week making plans is a way of giving yourself something to look forward to and inject some excitement back into your life. Working at home through the pandemic, I have put off taking holiday for not wanting to just sit at home, but as rules are becoming more relaxed it’s so important to take some well-deserved time out. Use this time to arrange a trip, spend time with loved ones, and indulge in some self-care.
It’s so common that when we are going through tough times that we have a tendency to retreat into ourselves. Sometimes we think we can handle everything alone, without needing to lean on anyone else for support. We falsely perceive that going it alone is a reflection our strength and ability to tackle anything. Coupled with the fact that we don’t want to burden others with our problems. It can be a recipe for disaster. In the end, all this does is isolate us further from the outside world and keeps us wrapped up in our own thoughts. By reaching out to someone close to you, you are releasing the attachment you have to any feelings that have been building up. It helps you to feel validated for what you are going through. It’s also possible the person you confide in may have gone through something similar and can offer you a sense of comfort and reassurance that things will be okay.
Limit social media usage
When we are going through a tough period, it can be incredibly easy to slip into bad habits. Increased phone usage and social media activity can make you feel worse for what you don’t have or think that you are lacking. When times are hard, our emotions are typically a lot more sensitive and reactive to what’s going on around us. We can find ourselves in a vicious cycle as often when we are going through hard times we tend to gravitate towards the things that don’t make us feel good. We want to sit on our phones, eat junk food, and binge-watch the latest Netflix series.
That being said, I think it’s healthy to have days where you do very little as long as they don’t become a regularity. My advice is to busy yourself with plans even when you don’t want to. It means you are being more present and more likely to be doing something positive that your future self will thank you for. What you do during a tough time is a true reflection of your strength and resilience.
When you are trying to get through a tough time it’s important to give yourself permission to take a step back. Be sure to let go of any expectations and be gentle with yourself. It might not seem like it at the time, but going through tough times only makes us stronger and better able to handle situations in the future.
Hopefully these tips can provide a boost and some inspiration for how you can go about getting through a tough week. Please share any tips you have found useful as I would love to hear them!