December 17, 2022
It would be great if life were like a smooth, easy road trip, complete with clear weather, zero traffic, and no unexpected twists or turns. We could all safely arrive at our destinations feeling happy and fulfilled. But as we all know, life is actually more like a rollercoaster ride… in a thunderstorm… with broken equipment. And the operator fell asleep at the controls. So how do you navigate the unexpected bumps in the road? Sometimes, it’s not about what’s going on around you, but what’s going on inside you. We can’t always change what is happening, but we can change our mindset around it.
Focus on gratitude. When we’re grieving an abrupt loss or change, it can feel like nothing is going right in our lives. But we can always find something for which to feel grateful. Even small moments matter: focus on feeling grateful for a joke your friend told you, a warm cup of coffee, or a beautiful sunrise. The act of looking for positive things really does change your point of view.
Get moving. Exercise releases adrenaline and dopamine, chemicals that make us feel strong, confident, and happy. Don’t force yourself to commit to an hour-long exercise class. If you can promise yourself a ten-minute walk, then get out and walk for ten minutes. You might find that you feel good enough to keep going, but if not, that’s okay. A little exercise is better than none.
Do something for someone else. Sometimes we can dwell so much on our own problems that we close ourselves off from the world around us, and that can lead to a downward spiral. Distract your mind and find new fulfillment in reaching out to help someone else with their own journey. Volunteering, group therapy, or just calling a friend in need can all work wonders to expand your perspective.
Look for the lesson. Most hardships also offer important lessons to learn about ourselves or the world around us. Journaling, seeing a counselor, or talking it out with a wise and trusted friend can often help you find the greater meaning in your situation. Most hardships are temporary, but new wisdom will stay with you forever.
Laugh it off. Buy tickets to a comedy show, schedule a night out with your funniest friend, or simply stream your favorite sitcom. When we laugh, we experience a rush of feel-good brain chemicals. Laughter really can be the best medicine, or at least a healthy distraction. And of course, remember that we’re here to help you through major life transitions. At Ranch RV & Self-Storage, we’re committed to friendliness, cleanliness, and peace of mind!