Stress Less & Age Better: 5 Steps to Overcome Obstacles

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Obstacles? It is a given. No man is free of challenges in life.

Stress? It’s a given. But, there are ways to handle problems better so that it doesn’t age you or cause health problems.

Build a health-healing personality so you can overcome obstacles better. A person who has a health-healing personality is usually sanguine, joyful, enthusiastic, and easy-going.  With this type of character, you can take the ebb and flow of life with resilience and fortitude.

Most of all—with a health-healing personality—obstacles become opportunities for growth and stress is a feeling that comes and goes without too much ado.

Life is not without its difficulties.  There are times where it may seem easier to just ignore them or remain silent in the unpleasantness of it all. In reality—the earlier you take action—the sooner you can overcome, learn, and move on.

5 Mindful Steps to Overcome Obstacles

1. Begin by Understanding Your Problem

Are you unhappy at your job? Are you having relationship difficulties? Perhaps you are struggling with a personal wellness goal. Whatever the issue, the more you know about it, the more you will be able to create a plan of action to fix the situation.

When you are trying to understand a problem, try to articulate your feelings and name the exact causes of unhappiness or dissatisfaction you may have with the situation.

For example, one can say, “I am unhappy at my job because I do not feel valued, I am disengaged, and I don’t make enough money.”

As you try to understand your problem by articulating the core issues, it will become clear to you how to resolve the issue.

2. Get Clear Solutions

Per my example, the obvious solution to solve the person’s unhappiness would be to find a job where he or she felt valued, a place where they are motivated to make a contribution, and where one is paid their worth.

To solve life problems better, get clear on what will bring you more happiness and satisfaction in life.

Whatever the situation, the solution is derived from how you want to feel at the end of it. For most, it’s about feeling happy. Therefore, whatever answer you come up with, the end result—-feeling—should be where you are left happier.

Once you have articulated the issue and have come up with a clear answer that brings about more happiness, then the next mindful process is to create a plan of action.

3. Have a Plan

Think of your plan of action like a map that shows you how to get from point A to point B. Just like Google maps provides you with directions via car, public transportation, bike, or by foot, write down all the possible scenarios that could happen to get you from point A to B.

Using the same example, a plan of action to get this person a better job may include:

  • Creating a new resume
  • Contacting friends and acquaintances about possible jobs
  • Going back to school
  • Reading motivational and personal-growth books
  • Practicing meditation or prayer for self-discovery and clarity

The plan of action you create should satisfy your goal—solving the problem and creating more happiness in your life—is one that you can commit to, and where you believe you can be successful.

4. Commit and Follow Through

One key to being able to follow through on a plan is to make the first few steps of the plan easily doable. In this way, you feel like you are making headway and are on your way to happier times.

From our example the first few steps may look like:

  1. Look for old resume and make a quick update.
  2. Update professional profiles on LinkedIn and other social sites
  3. Look on Craigslist or other job sites to see what’s out there
  4. Read some books, blogs, and magazines about what’s going on in the industry we’re looking to get into

Having easy and doable steps—in the beginning—will help create the forward momentum you need to make bigger changes.

5. Persevere

As you follow through with your plan of action, know and acknowledge that there will be setbacks as most plans never go according to plan.

Has this ever happened to you, where Google maps gave you a set of directions, but it didn’t account for construction, detours, or even heavy traffic? Think of setbacks in the same way.

While you were following your action plan, you came upon a road block of some sort. Now, just as you may have asked Google maps to reconfigure your driving route because of the unplanned road construction, you will need to reconfigure your action plan.

To persevere is to persist in or remain constant to a purpose, idea, or task in the face of obstacles or discouragement.

Therefore, despite setbacks and obstacles, recommit yourself to your plan of action and keeping moving forward.

Use these mindful techniques to make life obstacles into opportunities for you to become a better problem solver.  Discover that by using these techniques, your stress levels will decrease because you will feel empowered by your ability to solve problems.

Use these techniques often and develop a health-healing personality to promote and strengthen your ageless lifestyle.

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Do you need help creating a plan of action to solve some of your life obstacles? If so, then check out my life-coaching services.

Your coach,

Jeanne

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