Sometimes, Anxiety is motionless. You can’t hurry grief, a chronic illness in the environment, or financial angst since their duration is uncontrollable. There’s no way to go around or hop over them either. You have to go through them before you can come out the other side.
Holocaust survivor Viktor Frankl learned to transform his mental state when facing ongoing stress. He used presence of mind to help him manage the unthinkable.
“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” Frankl
Frankl suggested it’s possible to adapt and cope in any environment, even the worst. To do so, though, you must choose how you think. Recognize your mind’s freedom and ability to center on love.
Life is challenge-filled, and some trials are slow to end. The biggest, those with suffering involved, test your suppleness. They plead for you to cultivate strength and become wise.
You might not go through an experience like Frankl’s. But you will meet occasions when you are powerless to alter difficult circumstances. And unless you transform your mindset, you’ll suffer.
Long-term stress can stem from physical or emotional hardship. It could rise when you’re stuck in a difficult relationship or worldwide pandemic. Or when you face setbacks and can’t see the way ahead.
Without certainty that you’ll be okay, you are vulnerable and insecure. Uncertainty gnaws at you as you wade through each moment.
Frankl learned to live with worry about whether he would survive. He used mindfulness to override circumstances and fostered a healthy mindset.
Build mental resilience
Inner strength begins as a seed and requires nurturing. You can build courage and decide how to manage your thoughts and emotions. Outside factors can’t exhaust this skill.
There are many ways to cultivate resilience. A balanced diet, exercise, and writing your feelings in a journal spring to mind. Along with mindfulness, nature, and companionship.
Steadfastness and courage cultivation are effective ways to manage stress. No one, though, not a therapist, loved one, or doctor, can do this for you.
Grow toward nourishment
Consider yourself a seedling in need of the right conditions to develop. Maybe, you took root in the basement, and there’s only a little light. It’s your job to seek glimpses of daylight and store them.
Even the slightest plants and bulbs strive to reach for the light in gloomy environments. And we are no different.
Someday, the potato left to germinate in the dark grows bold enough to burst into life. It might struggle at first though. Accepting the challenge to take such a journey is half the battle.
Trouble comes if you fight against circumstances and waste energy going nowhere. Energy streams in a fruitless direction that drains you as you fixate on unfairness.
“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.” Anais Nin
Focus on what helps you thrive and your energy and endurance will increase.
Ordinary life is beset with challenges. Some large, most small. The fattest, those with the potential to make you suffer, test your resilience. They beg you to find strength and work magic with your approach, so you grow in wisdom.
You can’t always make problems go away. Life’s trials sometimes have other plans. You can, however, build stamina and not squander energy pushing against circumstances.
After all, even the potato left to germinate in the dark grows bold enough to burst into life.