SONIA RICOTTI: OVERCOMING CRISES
when life hits
Sonia Ricotti is the
author of The Law of
Attraction, Plain and
Don’t go through it alone. Surround
yourself with supportive, caring, loving
friends and family. Their support will lift your
spirits and help you get mentally clear.
WHEN LIFE HITS YOU HARD, how do you get
out of it unscathed? Nowadays, it seems like
every which way you turn, you see people
who are going through a divorce, undergoing
financial devastation, losing their home to
foreclosure or losing their job. Some are
even experiencing many hard hits at once.
Simple, a renowned
and president of Lead
Out Loud (www.lead
Be grateful. Put everything in perspective. No matter how bad things are right
now, there is always someone out there in
a worse situation. Focus on what you are
grateful for in your life.
Take good care of yourself.
Remember, this too shall pass. No
matter how bad the situation seems right
now, remember that it is only temporary.
Eat healthfully and exercise. It will help
you feel energetic and positive.
Hang on: Better times are around the corner.
During these extra-stressful times, it can feel
like you and those around you are drowning
Here are a few strategies and reminders
that will get you through difficult times and
help you stay afloat.
Focus on the solutions (not the
problems) and take action. Focus on
finding solutions to your problems. Write
them all down. This will make you feel
more in control of the situation. Then, of
course, take action.
Shift your thinking. Sometimes things
seem worse than they really are. Become
aware of your thoughts. If you are not
feeling good, recognize that your thoughts
about the situation are making you feel this
way. Shift your thoughts and you will shift
how you feel.
Journal. Journalling is like having a
conversation with yourself. Simply by
putting your thoughts and feelings on paper,
you will feel an emotional release and you’ll
discover many insights on your situation.
With the right tools, strategies and a
positive state of mind, you can become
unsinkable and overcome any crisis. C
Learn and grow from the experience.
This is all happening for a reason. People
learn and grow the most from their most
challenging situations. Look for the lesson
and grow from the experience.
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