5 ways to cope in difficult times

Life is full of ups and downs and its natural to encounter difficult times, particularly where there are many changes and circumstances are thrust upon us.

Many people have been finding the current time very difficult to cope with due to all the changes and limitations that have come with the lockdowns.

I wanted to reach out and offer some ways that I reccomend for coping better in difficult times.

1.) Help others. Reaching out to others may feel like the last thing you want to do when you feeling low. However it can often be the best thing, by reaching out to others to help and support, it enables you to get out of your own difficulties for a while and you make someone else feel better too. Its win-win, do your best to stay supportive.

2.) Connecting to Nature. Spending time in nature and connecting deeply to nature, is very therapeutic. It has a calming effect on the body and is proven to reduce stress, anxiety, blood pressure as well as many more health benefits. Aim to spend at least 20-30 minutes to really feel the connection and allow nature to reciprocate with you. If done regularly you will begin to really feel the benefits over time.

3.) Find a way of expressing yourself. Art can be one of the best mediums for self-expression and this can also be very therapeutic, as it allows you to transform your feelings in to something new and uniquely you. This can be in many ways, it may be painting, writing, dance or any other form that works for you. This helps best when you become completely immersed in the activity and allow it to take over for you, so you are no longer thinking; simply being.

4.) Exercise. Do whatever exercise you can and again make it work for you. Let it be something you enjoy and feel good from after. There is always something for everyone. Find what you love and then try your best to do at least 30mins to 1 hour, 3 times a week to begin with. This will help to boost your endorphins (feel-good hormones) and so physiologically really help you to start feeling better.

5.) Daily Gratitude. Gratitude really helps us to become more present and focused on the good things in life. This can be for the little things or the big things and even just writing down 5 things we are grateful for everyday can really help make a difference to our outlook. The following video is a beautiful example of the benefits of gratitude and well worth a watch. Enjoy đŸ™‚

https://youtu.be/gXDMoiEkyuQ

I hope you find the above ways of use and can apply them. Please contact us for any more advice and support you may need.

Wishing you all the best in health and happiness ♡

Miranda

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