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Posted on   17-09-2012 13:21 by admin

 Life is filled with setbacks and unexpected twists and turns. However, in the words of Aldous Huxley, “Experience is not what happens to you. It is what you do with what happens to you.” By mastering some simple coping techniques, you can turn your luck around and get back on your feet, whatever life throws your way. Here are seven ways to bounce back from anything.


  Life is filled with setbacks and unexpected twists and turns. However,
in the words of Aldous Huxley, “Experience is not what happens to you.
It is what you do with what happens to you.” By mastering some simple
coping techniques, you can turn your luck around and get back on your
feet, whatever life throws your way. Here are seven ways to bounce back
from anything.








Bounce back tip 1: Focus on the positives


No matter how bad a situation may seem, it is always possible to find
at least one positive thing about the situation if you really try. Maybe
you have gained inner strength and resilience from dealing with a
difficult situation, grown closer to a friend through sharing your
heartbreak or learned something important about yourself. Try your best
to focus on what you have learned and gained from your experience rather
than on what you have lost.



Bounce back tip 2: Take away the emotion

It is obviously difficult to view disappointments and setbacks in life
without feeling some sort of emotion. However, being emotionally
involved in a situation can mean that we often build things up into
something far worse than they actually are. Rather than getting carried
away with your own interpretation of how disastrous things are, try to
look at the situation a little more objectively. Ask a friend for their
point of view or write down exactly what has happened, simply stating
the facts. You may find that the situation is not as bleak as it seems
when emotions are taken out of the equation, and remember those emotions
will fade with time.



Bounce back tip 3: Be your own best friend

We often see ourselves in the worst light, particularly when life isn’t
going how we want it to. However, it is important not to be hard on
yourself and blame yourself just because something in your life hasn’t
worked out. Instead, think about what you would you say to a friend in
your situation and show yourself the same love and respect. Remember
that a plan or relationship failing doesn’t make you a failure, and even
the world’s most beautiful and successful people have faced failure and
rejection at some point in their lives.



Bounce back tip 4: Get a support system

You may think that dealing with your problems all by yourself is the
“grown up” thing to do. However, all of us need support at times, and
asking those you love for help is not a sign of weakness. It can help to
talk things through and to have someone on your side to make you feel
good when life feels too hard, so don’t try to cope with your problems
alone. If you don’t have any friends you can, or want to, confide in, it
may be worth considering counselling to help you get things off your
chest and get you through this difficult time.



Bounce back tip 5: Look to the future

It is easy to get caught up in the “what ifs” and “why mes” when things
go wrong in life. However, dwelling on your disappointment will not
help the situation. As Alexander Graham Bell stated, “When one door
closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so
regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open
for us.” The situation may not feel great and it may not seem fair, but
what has happened has happened, whether you like it or not. Rather than
dwelling on what could have been, start planning now where you can go
from here.



Bounce back tip 6: Form a plan B

Unfortunately in life our plan A doesn’t always work out. Sometimes we
have to wait a little longer than we would like for what we want, and
sometimes those things just aren’t meant to be at all. However, remember
there are many routes to happiness and just because one thing hasn’t
worked out that doesn’t mean there’s nothing to take its place. Rather
than focusing fixatedly on one life plan, safeguard yourself against
disappointment by formulating several backup plans in case plan A fails.
By being flexible, prepared to adapt your plans and continually
striving towards more than one goal, you will be better equipped to deal
with setbacks and to get back on your feet in record time.



Bounce back tip 7: Seek happiness


We often think that happiness should be something that comes to us
naturally, without any effort on our part. However, very often happiness
is a choice, not something that just falls upon us of its own accord.
Make a choice to be happy by becoming a positive thinker, surrounding
yourself with supportive friends, doing the things that you enjoy and
looking after yourself. Even if you don’t feel like smiling or being
happy right now, by acting how you want to feel, the feelings will often
naturally follow.

    Source: www.gulfnews.com
    Link: http://gulfnews.com/life-style/general/how-to-bounce-back-from-anything-1.1076652
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