5 Steps to Cope with Life

by Ayn Lopez

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Have you ever had one of those chapters in your life where nothing seems to be falling into place? It can be caused by a recent setback in your career, family matters, or even just days when you just don’t feel like functioning. Sometimes even the thought of how you can get yourself out of the situation is even more stressful.

These things, how little they may be, can lead to more serious problems such as anxiety and depression. According to the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP), an estimate of 3, 000 people die by suicide everyday or about one million per year. At this rate, they see the numbers rising to an estimate of 1.5 million per year by 2020. With that in mind, here are 5 ways to help you cope with life.

Breathe

Stop for a moment, let and feel the negative energy run wild inside you. Sit down and breath in, breath out, until you feel your mind and muscles relaxing. There are guided meditation videos online and apps that you can download and use anytime to help you with this step.

Analyze yourself

Once you are relaxed and able to think straight, start digging deeper into your thoughts. What’s causing all these ideas running in your head right now? It will help if you can focus on one problem at a time.

Acceptance

Yes, it may be easier to just cut these thoughts dead, but this is just prolonging the suffering. Accept that these problems are something that need to be dealt with in order to save yourself. A trusted companion can help you with this. Talk to them about what’s bothering you, discuss things that you can do to move forward with the situation.

Take time for yourself

When your done and done with your worries, it’s time to get yourself the TLC it deserves. Pick up a new hobby, do that thing that you’ve been putting off for a while now, go to that spa, watch a movie by yourself, go on dates, travel with your friends. Whatever it takes for you to be yourself again.

Let go

While bad vibes are always lurking around, it’s best that you just try to stay away from it as much as you can. Understand that not all things are supposed to stay under your control. This will not only relieve you of the mental stress, this can also help you focus on things that really matter.