5 things to remember in difficult times
5 things to remember when you’re going through difficult times.
I don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but sometimes-bad things happen. Especially in sport, you may get injured, not be selected for a team, or just find yourself in a rut.
So, whether you’re an athlete or not, here are my 5 things to remember when you’re going through difficult times.
Tough times don’t last! Yep, you heard me; you may be thinking, “is this ever going to end?!” Good news; yes, it will end. The days when you are having a hard time are just as long as any other day; 24 hours. Then another day will come. It may feel like what you are going through will never end, but it will, maybe not now, but eventually. You can find peace in the fact that tough times don’t last forever.
Keep your goals in mind. There is nothing more motivating than your own personal goals. Even in the tough times, remembering your goals can give you the motivation you need to keep going. Keep your goals in mind and remind yourself of them every day, to inspire yourself to keep moving forward in whatever way you can.
There is always something you CAN do. In the tough times, we tend to focus on what we can’t do. For example, if you are injured, you can’t run, jump, land etc. However, the fact that you are unable to do those things will not change (immediately). Instead focus your energy on what you CAN do. Tough times can give you the perspective to reflect and the opportunity to improve on the aspects of your life that you may not have been so focused on when everything was going right.
Celebrate the small victories. When you are going through a tough time it’s difficult to see that anything good is happening. Let me tell you, even if you are injured there are plenty of aspects of training that you can focus on and celebrate. For example, if you have a lower body injury, you can work on your upper body strength, general flexibility and other aspects of your training that may not have been focused on so much when you were in full training.
Try to stay positive. Cliché I know, however, in the tough times, one of the best things you can do for your mental health, is to try and stay positive. Whether you’re intrinsically motivated or find motivation from external sources, encourage yourself or surround yourself with people around you to help encourage you. Enlisting social support in difficult times can be very helpful to remain positive; surround yourself with people who love you and want the best for you.
Feel free to share this with your family, friends and social networks, to help encourage others on their own journeys.
Written by Mary-Anne Monckton © 2017
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