Monday Motivation: When the going gets tough, keep going

It's amazing how strong the human spirit actually is. Sometimes when it feels like there is tidal wave after tidal wave, challenge after challenge, and everything else in between, it's important admire our own inner strength as we work hard to meet and overcome the pitfalls . I know so many of us – mother's, sisters, friends, partners, coworkers – all have tricky times in our lives that often pop up out of nowhere. These incidences test our courage and our ability to push on through and become stronger. So, in the interest of inspiring some toughness and perseverance in all of my natural beauties, here are a few soul-stirring tips: 1. Never give up! As long as you are alive (and healthy!) you have the choice to keep trying until you finally succeed and/or get through the hard times. So don't give up - the rainbow after the storm IS coming! 2. Maintain perspective. If everything becomes a bit unbearable and you find your mind working in over drive, try to grasp some perspective. Remove yourself from whatever is bothering you and look at it from a place of witnessing - in other words, try to use logic over emotion. You might find the answer you need by doing this. Another great way to harness perspective is through physical exertion, where your mind can switch off and/or focus on something else. Walking outdoors always grounds me and gets lots of energy and fresh air flowing throughout my body, which in turn increases my awareness and all of the logical parts of my brain needed to ease tension or pressure. Another way is to take the attention away from yourself and give to others in more need then you are. By giving your time and support to friends, your community or school (if you have kids) or higher education (if you are studying) or to a cause you passionately believe in takes the attention away from yourself and you feel good knowing you are helping others. 3. Rise above it. If you find yourself in a pickle or a trying predicament, look at it as an opportunity to learn something, grow, evolve, heal and transcend. Falling just gives us an opportunity to rise above it all. 4. Have faith in your inner strength. Your inner strength will always shine through during times of challenge and controversy, so trust that you ARE strong enough to push on through. Mind over matter. 5. Courage, dear friend. Always know that you are powerful beyond measure and more courageous than you think. Regardless of what is happening around you or what has happened, remember you can always overcome the fear and push through the self-doubt. We are all deserving of soul-radiating happiness, so know that sometimes when the going keeps tough, you simply need to keep going and it will be over before you know it. Chances are you'll come out on the other end stronger than ever, and more full of life. Just know - this too shall pass. I'm going to finish this post on a positive note with a gorgeous quote from Winnie the Pooh!
Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. (Christopher Robin to Pooh – A.A.Milne)
Cindy How do you get through the tough times natural beauties? x
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