It’s something of a shame that we aren’t gifted a ‘guide to life’ when we’re younger. It could save a lot of trouble if we knew exactly what was in store, and how to cope with the problems that are to come! We could rightly ask: we didn’t sign up for this, so why make it so difficult? Alas, that’s just a part of living. When life does give you lemons, you can become bitter, or you can make lemonade. Below, we take a look at a few useful tips for bouncing back from life’s setbacks in style.

Don’t Wallow

Now, when things go wrong, it’s tempting to adopt a ‘woe is me’ approach. We can think that we’re being singled out, or that life is being especially cruel for no obvious reason. However, you’ll be well served by not overthinking the bad things that happen to you. You could get lost in self-pity, and be no better for it when you emerge the other side. Remember: life isn’t defined by the things that happen to you; it’s defined by your response. When the tough times come, give yourself a day to indulge in the terribleness of your situation, and then take steps to get your life back on track. It’s not always easy, but is always the best course of action!

You Can Always Take Action

You always have options in this world. There are always things you can do that can put a more positive spin on a bad situation. If you lose your job, you could curse the company that terminated you, or you could use it as an opportunity to move on to bigger and better things. If you’re involved in a car crash, you can replay all the small events that lead to the crash over and over again in your head, or you can take a look at and get the compensation you’re entitled to. It’s unlikely that there’s going to be another person who will drag you back to life all on their own; that momentum has to come from you. Take action.

The Bigger Picture

We’re prone to knee-jerk reactions when things aren’t perfect. We can curse our lot in life, and think that it’s the end of the world. In all likelihood, it isn’t. It’s just one small bad thing that’s happened on your journey through life. Before you get too disheartened by something that has happened, ask yourself if you’ll still care about this issue in five years time. If that answer’s yes, then give it due attention. If the answer is no, then don’t place greater importance on the issue than is necessary.

Thanks For Playing

In the end, it’s important to remember that life isn’t overly serious. It’s a game, one that can be terribly fun. But setbacks do happen; they’re just part of playing the game. Enjoy the ride, warts and all, because there is nothing quite like being alive!


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