10 Ways to Stay Strong When Everything Seems to Be Going Wrong

If you find yourself wondering if everything will go wrong in 2020, you are far from alone. This year has seen more than its share of heartache, and it isn’t over yet. Help may never arrive — how can you keep going? It’s challenging to stay strong when everything seems to be going wrong. While the tips below are no substitute for professional care, financial and other circumstances don’t always make seeking treatment an option. These 10 self-care practices may keep you from capsizing when the seas grow rocky.  1. Take a Deep Breath Many times, you grow anxious from future fears, not from what’s happening at present. When negative possibilities loom large, it can seem impossible to divorce yourself from thoughts like, “I’m going to lose my home.”  One way to center yourself in the present and regain perspective is to focus on your breath. Try 2-to-1 breathing, where you exhale for twice as long as you inhale. This process activates your parasympathetic nervous system, which tells your body to calm down.  2. Learn to HALT Anytime you feel negative, you can use the HALT technique to identify whether physical sensations contribute to your mood. HALT stands for hungry, angry, lonely and tired. While the method won’t chase your problems away, it can help you practice necessary self-care.  Think of the Snickers commercial — you’re not you when you’re hungry or stressed to...
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