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Difficult Situations
At some point in your life you will find yourself involved in awkward moments or difficult situations. Your difficult situation may be related to your finances, your personal relationships, your children or your job. However, there are steps and actions you can take to handle any difficult situation that life may bring.
  • Realize that your difficult situation is all in how you perceive it. What may seem difficult now will not seem difficult later. What may seem difficult to you may not be difficult to others.
  • Realize you have a choice in how you handle your difficult situations. You can choose to be positive or you can choose to be negative. Try to find the find the positive in every situation that life may bring.
  • Focus your energy on finding a solution to the problem and how to keep it from cropping up again, rather than spending time on finding blame.
  • Be resourceful. Never give up or give in when faced with a challenge. Find out as much information as you can about your situation whether that means talking to someone who has been through it or looking it up in the yellow pages or on the internet to find resources to help you get through the situation.
  • If you are feeling overwhelmed, ask for help.
  • Deal with your emotions. In any and every situation that you encounter you will have emotional responses. Sometimes you may feel hurt, sad, disappointed, angry, frustrated, ashamed or lonely. You need to let yourself feel the emotions.  Let the emotions pass through you like a current and move on.
  • Don't let the situation change you as person unless the change is positive. We all will find that difficult situations help us to grow as individuals. Don't let the situation make you blame other people and harbor resentment or damage your self esteem.
  • Have a sense of humor and learn to laugh at your situation or mistakes no matter how bad they are. Laughter is like medicine and sometimes it can be contagious. Write a journal and record your feelings. Find a peaceful outlet such as a long walk, taking deep breaths, listening to your favorite music or watching a good movie.
  • Always keep a good support system. The support system can consist of friends or family or simply a group of people that are going through the same difficult situation.