The Struggle Can Be Too Real… 5 Ways To Overcome
Written by: Matthew Ryan, LMSW for Bike and Brain
Your struggle is certainly unique and no one may understand exactly how you feel. However, you aren’t the only one to experience struggle. Tough times fall upon everyone. Often times our stress from struggle is exacerbated because we feel like something is horribly wrong. We begin to panic, which usually makes things worse. Rest assured that struggling is part of being a human. You wouldn’t be one without it.
It’s important to gain an understanding of your struggle. Can you pinpoint the root cause? When did you begin to notice this? How has this affected your daily life? What would alleviate this struggle? These are a few questions you can begin asking yourself. Before taking action to overcome the struggle, ensure that you have a good understanding of it.
Remember that there is a solution to nearly every problem. Although we may not necessarily like every solution, there is one to be found. After you process and understand your struggle, start to formulate a plan. What would your ultimate solution look like? How can you begin taking a step in this direction? Overcoming struggle can be a complicated process. This means that the solution may be complicated as well. Resolution typically takes time and effort. Begin to set small goals for yourself, ensuring that each one is a baby step towards your ultimate intention. It’s important to to take small strides to ensure a more balanced journey towards your desired end result. The bigger the stride the more unstable you may become.
4. Take Action
Once you have a plan in place and have prioritized goals, take action. Don’t allow fear or frustration to keep you stagnant. This is why small goals are important. You want to ensure you are not overwhelmed. Your solution should not be more overwhelming than your struggle. Keep in mind that executing your action plan will eventually pay off. Also remember that you aren’t taking a blind leap of faith. If you have followed the suggestions above, much thought has gone into your plan. Go ahead, be brave, and move forward. We believe in you.
5. Seek Respite
We can’t deny that overcoming struggles is difficult. Change does not occur overnight. Does this mean you need to be miserable until a solution has been worked through? Absolutely not! Be sure to engage in activities you enjoy and that allow you to escape for a bit. We don’t mean binge drinking, rather, activities like weight lifting, running, meditating, coloring, writing, etc. Although engaging in these activities may seem unproductive, they will refresh you so that you can begin working towards your goals even harder than before. These activities are like stopping for more fuel. Have some fun!