No one is immune to the stress of difficult situations, though some people seem to maintain their balance more easily than others. If you've found that you're reaching a dangerous tipping point in hard times, it's important to think about how your emotions are impacting your life and what you can do to restore a sense of balance despite the challenging times.
Appreciate Where You Are
As stress builds, it's much easier to see the negative aspects of a situation than the positive ones. However, there's usually a silver lining for those with the wherewithal to find it. Even something as stressful as being homebound offers the unexpected bonus of more time with your family or more solo time to focus on self-improvement. Make a list of the things that you appreciate about where you are even if you have to start with something as simple as running water or a ready meal.
Adjust Your Expectations
If you have high expectations, you're more likely to face disappointment. Setting more reasonable expectations increases the chance of enjoying success or being surprised by something that's better than what you anticipated. This is especially important when you're setting expectations for things that are out of your control. Don't ask more of others than they're capable of giving, or you'll create a high-stress situation for the both of you.
Acknowledge Your Emotions
It's important to acknowledge emotions, even when they're unpleasant. Take some time to feel the sadness, anger, fear, or frustration that's creeping into your life. Acknowledge and accept it. Feeling these emotions mindfully in the moment is better than stuffing them down. These feelings will emerge, but they will do so more violently if you allow the pressure to build until you explode.
Reach Out for Support
You don't have to deal with stressful times alone. Reach out to a trusted friend or family member for support. Confide in your partner. Talk to a psychic. If you're dealing with a shared challenge like a natural disaster or pandemic, reaching out on social media can help you connect to the hundreds or thousands of others who are struggling alongside you. Connecting with others will help you confront the stressors you're facing and find a healthy, balanced approach to moving forward.
Self-care is especially important when you're feeling stressed. Find the activities that soothe you, whether this is journaling, hiking, meditating, reading, or getting a tarot reading. Make sure you're taking care of your health as well by drinking plenty of water, eating a healthy diet, engaging in physical activity, and getting plenty of sleep.
When you're going through difficult times, it's especially helpful to remember that your "best" will change day to day. Some days you're doing your best just by getting out of bed and handling the necessities. Other days your best may look like a clean house and gourmet meal. Give yourself the grace to adjust as needed when times are hard.