How to Deal with Hardships

I have had so many ups and downs in my professional track career which have been tough mentally at times.  In 2017, I fell and had a concussion.  In 2018, I ended my season early because I had an Achilles tear and in 2019, I am dealing with sciatica nerve pain in my leg which is preventing me from running. 

Life isn't perfect and many times bad things happen that we can't control. But one thing we can control is our emotions and how we react to these traumas in our life. 

I often get asked how I stay motivated to keep doing what I am doing. Trust me it is hard, but I think it is just as hard as you make it.  Here are a few things I learned when dealing with hard times.

1. Accept what has happened. You have to be honest with yourself and really accept what you are going through, especially if it is out of your control. If it is something you can control,  you can always find a solution for your problem. Trust that you will grow from this situation and that it is preparing you for something greater.

2. Speak with someone you trust. The worse thing you can do is bottle up your emotions. This will drive you crazy. Find someone you can trust to express your feelings. I promise you will feel better after you let it out. If you don't know anybody, visit a therapist. They probably won't know you personally, so this may make it easier for you to talk. 

3. Journal. For those who do not like to speak with people, journaling is a great way to release your emotions. Write down exactly how you feel and figure out why you feel a certain way about the situation

4. Breathe. Breathing is so underrated. Yes we breathe everyday, but have you ever just sat down and took 3 deep breathes. Breathing helps us to relax and remove any toxic energy from our bodies. The next time you are feeling stressed, just take a deep breathe.

5. Be grateful. Being stressed or angry is hard to do when you are grateful for what you have. When you feel stuck or stressed, take a moment to write down 3-5 things you are grateful for. 

Getting over the hardships is not easy, but by doing those things, you will see a difference in how you feel.