“Live for now,” is another thing you’ll hear from psychologists giving advice on how to stay strong during difficult times. Yes, it is important to stay in the moment. However, we cannot simply pretend that the past and the future do not exist. Learn from the past, don’t dwell on it. Take the lessons you should give them, and leave them behind. Don’t live tomorrow, too. Be prepared, but do not rely on it. Remember, tomorrow is not promised.
Once you have provided the past and future with due consideration, pull yourself back to the present. The strongest people know that the only way out of the most difficult times in life is to take it one step at a time. With the words of everyone’s favorite forgettable fish, just keep swimming. Trite? Maybe, but that doesn’t mean it’s not good advice.
The hardest thing about finding your strength is that you only get it in difficult times. Sure, you can build yourself up early and prepare to stay strong, but we can only find out if our strategies work when our strength is really tested. Kind of like how you know your favorite medicine will survive a storm until you survive. So, you can build them up in advance, but stay flexible enough to adjust your strategies in the event of a storm. Lastly, remember, you can stay strong because you are strong.
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