Life is full of surprises, big and small. We’re met with the unexpected every day of our lives and we all have different ways of how we deal with it. From minor changes to major life-shaking events, we all need ways to deal with and cope with the unexpected.
The best way to handle situations is to be prepared for them, but this isn’t always possible. We all deal with the unexpected in different ways – some people become stressed, some panic, some get angry and some freeze and don’t know what to do. None of these are good ways to deal with the unexpected.
You should always start by acknowledging that surprises and unexpected events are a part of everyone’s lives and are completely unavoidable. Accepting this simple fact will show you that the world isn’t ending and other people have dealt with similar issues before – there is a way forward!
Every issue has a solution, so it’s simply a case of setting a plan and following it. This could be a plan you keep in your head, written down or through a planning app. Once you have a plan you can break it down into individual steps that you have to follow. Checking off each step when it’s complete will give you a sense of accomplishment and show that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
Your attitude is key to solving the issue – having a negative attitude can only hinder you in the long run, so always try to maintain a positive attitude. You should always try to see the positives in a situation. For example, if you’ve lost your job this could be a great opportunity to find a better one.
If you don’t know the best course of action for your problem, you can always speak to people. Whether it’s a friend, family member, work colleague or complete stranger, communicating is often be the best way to find a solution as you could find they’ve been in the same situation you’re in and offer useful advice.
Remember that life is short, so there’s no point getting angry or stressed. If you start to notice signs of stress in your behaviour or feelings, it’s best to deal with it immediately and keep it under control. A stress-free life leaves you not only more happy and healthy, but can help you better deal with unexpected!