When you find yourself in the middle of hardship, overwhelmed with fear, anger, sorrow, or any other painful emotion, there is always a way out. So, I would like to recommend that you pass through several well-defined steps which will bring you great relief.
Here are ten tips on getting through tough times in life:
1. Say to yourself: There is a feeling of ______in me.
Recognize a predominant feeling in you that is related to the hardship you are experiencing. Focus on this feeling. Name it with as few words as possible.
For example: There is a feeling of fear in me.
2. Accept this feeling completely.
At this stage, try to apply the Total Acceptance technique on this feeling.
So, if you are feeling fear, you will need to fully accept it. Embrace it, without any resistance.
3. Feel in which part of your body this feeling is expressed and in which way (pain, tension, discomfort…).
While sensing the unpleasant feeling, determine its location within your body. In most cases, emotions are expressed in the stomach.
In our example, perhaps you are sensing the fear in your upper stomach; this part of your body is full of tension and discomfort.
4. Accept totally this unpleasant sensation in your body.
Now, this is one of the most important steps. Again, use the Total Acceptance technique. You have to completely accept the unpleasant sensation itself. To do that, you must repeat the Total Acceptance procedure several times, until the uncomfortable physical sensation is gone.
So, in the current example, you are accepting over and over again the tension and discomfort in your upper stomach. The chances are that the sensation will fade away eventually.
5. Everything has its own good purpose. Life is a great show. Everything is transient. Happiness always comes back.
These statements will soothe you even more and may deliver you profound relief. You just have to repeat to yourself these affirmations several times, with the conviction that they are true.
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