Ten Tips for Dealing with Hard Times

Many of us are having a hard time with all that’s been going on in the world – on top of the Covid crisis that we’ve had to deal with for the past two years. Even with all the tools I have, I find myself very sad, and in despair at times, just like everyone else. My parents were Holocaust survivors from Ukraine, and seeing what’s happening is like reliving what they went through.

I thought I’d share 10 tips that I offer clients, as well as myself, that can help anyone get off the roller coaster of sadness:

  1. If you are feeling anxious, sit or lie down and take at least 10 slow deep breaths, in through your nose, and slowly out through your mouth.
  2. Limit your news intake. Take a break from social media, TV and/or radio news and get active.
  3. Take action! This can be done by donating money or by sitting quietly to say a quick prayer or send energy to those in need. (I often asked my loved ones who have passed to the other side to use whatever abilities they have to find and help those who are most in need and to offer them healing, comfort, and relief. This feels so good to me and helps me let go when everything feels beyond my control.)
  4. Listen to your favorite music. Get up and dance.
  5. Practice compassion and self-care.
  6. Keep your body moving and exercise.
  7. Drink plenty of water.
  8. Focus on nature; go for walks and enjoy the beautiful changing spring season with its magnificent colorful flowers and clean brisk air.
  9. Keep a journal/notebook and write down your feelings; write at least three things you are grateful for. Also write what brings you joy.
  10. Focus on things you can control — and let go of things you can’t.

I hope these tips are helpful for you too.

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