8 Common Challenges & How to View Them With Positivity
Life can be wonderful and life can be challenging. Sometimes it can be both on the same day!
The truth is, life is full of challenges and difficulties. If anyone tells you otherwise then that person is probably lying or in denial. But this does not mean we should just give up and live the rest of our lives miserable and sad because no matter what, we still have the choice to be happy and live life positively.
How to Remain Positive When Facing These 10 Common Challenges
The secret to becoming happy is to stay positive even in the face of trouble.
Look at things optimistically. Adopt the popular saying: “every cloud has a silver lining.” Negative events occur in life and there is often nothing that we can do about it, but there is always a choice on how we deal with the situation.
To give you an idea of how this works, we're sharing 10 common challenges and ways to view them with positivity.
Bad Treatment by a Parent
Not everyone in this world has parents that know how to show their love and support. Some of us have been badly treated by our parents in the past. It might even feel fair to blame them for all the failures that have happened in life.
Is being angry with our parents helpful? Will it change the past if we remain angry with them? Probably not.
The best thing to do in this scenario is to try and understand why these things happen, but never let the past interfere with how we live our lives. Keep in mind that we don't choose our parents and they are just human beings like the rest of us. They make mistakes.
Instead of allowing these hurtful memories to hold us back, we can use them as lessons to make us mentally and emotionally stronger. Forgive them for what they have done, no matter how difficult it is. Do it for yourself if no one else. Move on and live a happy life.
Lack of Time with Your Friends
Going out and having fun with friends is something that all of us look forward to. It not only makes us happy but can lessen the stress that we encounter in our everyday lives.
Sometimes, though, we are too busy with work, family or other responsibilities that prohibit us from meeting up with friends. This might make us feel sad and envious of other people who seem to have all the time in the world to go out and have fun.
The best thing to do in this scenario is to understand the reason and importance of why we can’t go.
If it is because of work, then you are sacrificing time so that your business or your career will prosper and if it is because of your family then remember that you are doing it because you love them.
Understanding the real reason why you can’t meet up with friends will make the situation easier to accept and you can move on. Also, when you do have time to spend with friends and loved ones, cherish it. Be truly present (i.e. not on your phone) and connect - it'll make the precious time together well-spent.
A Grievance with a Boss or Co-Worker
When you have a grievance with a boss or co-worker, just remember that work is work. It should not interfere with your emotions and personal life.
You may even be able to see your difficult co-worker as friendly competition, someone to challenge you to work on your own shortcomings. At the very least, they will give you an opportunity to practice patience.
Maintain your professionalism and class without allowing them to steal your happiness.
If ever there were any issue that is completely, 100% out of our control, it is the weather. We can control our reaction, though!
If it is raining and you are scheduled to go out with the family for a picnic then adapt your plans for the day to include an indoor picnic, and remind yourself that the trees and plants need rain to grow and survive. Without it, there wouldn’t be any picnic grounds for you and your family to go out and enjoy.
Consider that you're fortunate to have time and people in your life to picnic with and go enjoy their company (indoors) until the sun is shining again.
Your Siblings or Children Are Working Your Last Nerve
Where would we be without family, am I right?
While we undoubtedly love our family members, it's often these people that know exactly which buttons to push to really grind our gears. In fact, it's pretty much inevitable.
Keep in mind that, “this too shall pass”, and focus on recalling all the wonderful memories you have shared with them. Whenever you think you are about to lose it, just remember that they are your family and you love them no matter what.
And, maybe go find some place to decompress. Alone.
Being incapacitated due to illness is tough, even if it's only for a couple of days. And, of course, it can be much harder if you suffer from a long-term disease or chronic illness.
If this is the case, it always helps to think positively about what you can do. Instead of focusing on how bad you feel or all the things you're unable to do, why don’t you write a book? Paint a picture? Or even share quality moments with people that you love?
Also, keep in mind that getting enough rest is one of the body's best defences against illness, so give yourself permission to relax and recharge.
An Argument with Your Partner
Disagreeing with other people is part of life, otherwise wouldn't it be boring?
No two people are the same. For that reason, there will be times that you will have different opinions and that is ok. Even though you and your partner argue, ensure that you both respect one another and try to find a compromise.
Failing a Test
Failure is part of life, just ask Winston Churchill. He said, "Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts."
Everybody fails at least once and usually many more times than that! Failure and mistakes are not something that we should be afraid of; but instead, we should always think of them as stepping stones to bigger and better things. Try and try again until you succeed.
And remember to learn from your mistakes.
What do you think of our advice and what other situations can you think of in which a positive outlook can make all the difference? We would love to hear your ideas in the comments below or on our Facebook page!