3 Ways to Persevere When Facing Adversity

Meditation & Positive Visualization

You don’t have to sign up for some esoteric seeming New Age course or practice Yoga to meditate. Anyone of any age or background can meditate at any time. All you need is courageous determination, focus, and 5 minutes (if possible) or more of your time. You can meditate for as little as one minute, but aiming for 15 to 20 minutes is a nice challenge. Meditation lowers your stress levels, helps you to center and focus, and develop patience and inner calm. In our ever busy rapidly changing world, it is important to stop and take a slow breath or focus on quieting your mind. Constantly focusing on the hustle and bustle of noise and outer distractions can create unease over time. It is important to stop and smell the roses sometimes.

If you are in a mind state of disharmony, chaos, distress, and feel ill meditation and positive visualization might help. We are what we think, and in order to make positive changes, we must take things one day at a time. Stop and think about what you want to accomplish. Take the time to list your goals of what you want in your life. Visualize on achieving your goals and engage in making a vision board. A vision board acts as a focusing tool to help reign you back in when negativity and adversity nips at your heels.

Above all, don’t focus on unnecessary unknown details of exactly how you will achieve. Remember to stay focused on your desired end goals and develop your focus, patience, and meditate when you can.


Volunteering allows us to reconnect to our Community. Too often when we feel inundated by our problems in life, we shutdown, keep our feelings and thoughts inside and don’t let anyone in. Giving to others takes our mind and heart away from feeling stuck in the negativity surrounding us, from within and without. When we are in service to others, we feel more connected and useful. It is not always about giving our money, but putting in the time and work to better others in our Community, enriches all involved.

Pick Up a New Hobby

Picking up a new hobby engages our mind in learning a new skill. When we are learning something new, we take our mind off of current stressful problems and immerse ourselves in a whole new world of information and experiences. You might surprise yourself and find that your hobby connects you to other like-minded individuals. Another positive result is that your hobby potentially can blossom into a source of side income for you, too.

Remember the Only Constant is Change

No matter what is going on in our lives, we must be mindful to stay in the present whenever possible. It is not an easy task, but it is not impossible either. Whatever we are experiencing, whatever mind state we are in, will eventually change. Nothing stays the same forever, as we are always in a state of flux. Keeping your mind in a state of awareness, not being too caught up in our past or unknown future… this will help to keep you a bit more even keel in the face of challenges.

Volunteering and joining groups because of a hobby help us get our flow back. We get new energy in our lives when we interact with others from different cross-sections of life. Especially if we are in need of a new career or want to learn something new, cultivating shared experiences offers a new opportunity for growth and prosperity.



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Grit N Vinegar is the home of emerging writer, Alex Smith. Focusing on short stories, flash fiction, and poetry, Alex has been published in Sick Lit Magazine and often seeks out new places to submit her writing. Find me @gritNvinegar on Twitter!

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