5 Ways to Keep Your Sanity in Challenging Times

Challenging times can be completely overwhelming and it can feel like you’re being sucked into a vortex of toxicity and rage. Whether it’s the current political climate, a family crisis or just coping with balancing the facets of work, family and life—keeping your cool can seem impossible.

Many women turn to pharmaceuticals for help. More than one in five women are taking antidepressants, and self-reported well-being is at an all-time low.

While coping with challenges in a sane matter may seem out of reach, here are 5 simple ways you can start down the path to well-being.

It’s not forever

When you’re in crisis, it can be tough to realize that this too, must pass. While hearing those words may cause you to throw a vase across the room, it really is true. Tomorrow is a new day, and a year from now, your current crisis will be a memory. This simple shift in mindset can make all the difference in getting through today.

Take up a prayer or meditation practice

Accessing whatever you deem as your Higher Power can be a huge help in feeling better. While you’re an extraordinarily powerful being, knowing that the Universe has your back can be a huge source of inspiration, faith and courage to move forward.

Meditation can also be extraordinarily useful in grounding your mind and creating a sense of calm centeredness. You don’t have to sit a certain way with fingers crossed or chant Oms either—a simple meditation that works for me, is to imagine sitting by the edge of a creek. Each thought that comes into my mind, I imagine placing it in the creek and watching it float downstream.

Do something productive

During times of crisis, it can help to do what you can, with what you have, where you are. That may be to attend a peaceful protest, or it may be to plant a tree in your back yard. Knowing you’re contributing to the solution abolishes the feeling of helplessness, and actually contributes to your situation in a positive way.

Focus on right now

Mindfulness, or focusing on the Now, is an incredible way to shift a panicked mindset. While you might wonder if shifting your focus is spiritual bypassing, it’s really a way to calm that part of you that wants everything to change right now. The reality (probably) is…that you’re safe and warm, reading this passage at your leisure. You may even have a window to look out of, a comfy place to sit in, music to listen to. Focus on those things. Notice the details—how the cushion feels under you, the sounds you hear, the smells. That is the Now. And all wisdom and creation happen from this place.

Self Love Soldier

Practicing Self Love is a super-important way to care for yourself during challenging times. So often, we focus on changing what’s going on outside, when the reality is that if the woman in the mirror isn’t happy and fulfilled, she’s not going to be much use to anyone. Changing yourself changes the world around you. I often say that the ripple effect of one empowered woman travels far, and it’s true. One woman has a profound effect on her children, her husband, extended family, friends and co-workers. You can be a beacon of light or darkness, and that is directly related to how well you take care of yourself.

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