Be grateful even when facing critical issues. Youâ€™ll see this idea on self-development sites, including this one. But just how can you do that when youâ€™re faced with a deadline for a project thatâ€™s gone wrong? How can you stop when you need every minute youâ€™ve got?
Some years back, Iâ€™d easily give in to fear, anxiety, anger, and other negative emotions. I let them drive my thoughts, decisions, actions, and speech in stressful situations. I slowly learned how to take a deep breath and think about more of the aspects of the challenge that can help me, not destroy me. I realized itâ€™s better to exert more effort on the solution and not on things like why itâ€™s happened to me, who should I blame, etc. But of course, I think itâ€™s not so bad to shed some tears or talk to yourself out loud to express your emotions. Itâ€™s not healthy to bottle up your feelings inside, anyway.
You might think that pausing for a couple of minutes or so will hold you back from the challenge. But it wonâ€™t, really. It will help you come up with better solutions to your problems, even faster than if you just go on with a clouded mind with emotions. More importantly, youâ€™ll feel you handled your challenges better and have improved relationships and outlook in life.
If youâ€™d like to steer yourself a little bit more towards gratitude and more positive outcomes in difficult situations, hereâ€™s a concrete idea -Â The 5-Minute Gratitude Exercise That Will Change Your Life. You’ll be surprised that it’s not that difficult to do.