Tackling life’s uncertainties

When I was growing up there was less pressure on families. Children followed a path that involved school, not so much university, but with a guaranteed job at the end.

Now students go through school, attend university but aren’t guaranteed a job and that can put emotional and financial pressures on families. We need to be more proactive, because being proactive helps us take charge of our circumstances, be responsible for where we want to go and so that we can get our lives back on track.

We have a choice on how we react to where we want to go and what we need to do. Our reactions not only determine how things will affect us, but our reactions will also determine the final outcome. A positive attitude will always help us determine how we see our lives, even if the outcome isn’t what we wanted.

These are my tips in maintaining emotional health in times of stress:

  • If you’re moving away from home, try to keep your personal re-adjustments to a minimum so that you don’t introduce too many personal changes together;
  • Listen and take advice from people who feel they can help. Sometimes just listening to another person’s viewpoint on what you’re dealing with can shift negative thoughts. Always keep an open mind on what others say so that you can continue to stay proactive;
  • Get to know yourself and how you think and feel is important. Take time out for yourself so that you learn to re-adjust to living on your own so that you’re comfortable with everything;
  • Don’t bottle your thoughts up. Talk about your concerns. If your thoughts are important to you, they should be important to family. They need to know what you deal with. If things aren’t happening as quickly as you would like, try not to panic. Take a step back and refocus;
  • Retain old friendships. Organise your time so that you have time to meet up with old friends. Don’t book yourself too far out in advance, but certainly make plans. New friendships will come in time once you’re up and running;
  • Emotionally don’t act on impulse. Think about what you want. Don’t feel pressured to take a job if the job you’ve applied for doesn’t feel right. If you are thinking about taking a job, weigh up the pros and cons so that you’re comfortable with your decision;
  • You may feel pressured because of financial restraints, but that shouldn’t be your reason for taking a job. With patience the right job will come along.

We all have a choice, a choice to be proactive. To look for and work on changes so that we turn our lives around. With the right focus, attitude and support I’m not seeing a reason why that won’t happen. With time and patience something always turns up.

This blog is dedicated to those people who are experiencing these kinds of problems.

22 Nov, 2014

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