How to deal with tough challenges in life

Posted on June 1, 2016

We here at Samaritan Counseling Center are aware of the life challenges many in our community are facing. Recently, there have been a lot of transitions as individuals are experiencing job loss, financial stresses, and are facing uncertainty in their future. Those who are going through these transitional periods may experience anger, anxiety, stress, and sadness. If you yourself have recently experienced or are experiencing one of these transitions, you may find yourself asking, “What am I going to do next?,” “How am I going to make it now?,” “What if I can’t find another job?” or “How am I going to tell my family?”

Stress looks different for each person. Some individuals may experience loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, feeling anxious or difficulty in concentrating. Often-times individuals try to take care of everyone else in their life or all the new tasks they now face. However, managing stress begins with taking care of yourself. Make sure that you are eating a balanced diet and avoid consumption of alcohol or drugs as these may increase feelings of stress. Allow others in your life to be supportive of you. Individuals often feel like, “no one else needs to know” or “I don’t want to burden someone else,” but keeping your relationships alive is important to your well-being.

In difficult life transitions, such as losing one’s job, many individuals face having to tell loved ones about this loss. Whether you’re married, dating or single, it is important to be able to tell the difficulties you face to those you care about. They can walk with you through it; you don’t have to go through these transitions alone. Have a discussion with your friends or family and let them know what has happened. If you have children, assure them that you are going to be there for them no matter what happens and be open to answering their questions. If you are a spouse, significant other, friend or child of someone who has just lost their job, reach out to that person and be a listening ear. There is no shame in asking for help.

By Alyssa Thompson

Featured In Odessa American Online