4 Ways to Come Back from a Setback

Are you experiencing a setback? Whether it’s in your personal or professional life, it’s always important to brush off the incident and get back on your feet. With the right Mindful tips, you can do just that.

Whether it’s a financial crisis, a breakup, or unemployment, everyone experiences a predicament that can drastically impact his or her life. What matters most about these challenges is how you respond. Distress and panic are common initial reactions, but it’s important to pause, reflect, and find peace. Legends and fables from around the world are rich with lessons of rebirth and resurrection. When you are faced with a setback you have a chance to rise again.

Here are four Mindful tips to help you come back from a setback:

  1. Worry the right way: Jerilyn Ross, psychotherapist and coauthor of One Less Thing to Worry About, says that it is essential that you distinguish between productive worries (ones what get you moving) and destructive worries (ones that leave you in a loop of negative thinking). Face your fear. Write your problems down, sort them and tackle them one by one.
  2. Use your resources: Studies show that people with a strong social support structure live longer happier lives. Use these resources to help you through tough times. Your friends and family members want to help. Tell them exactly what you need and let them in.
  3. Enjoy your newfound freedom: Whatever the setback, you’ll probably find that you’ve got more time on your hands. Use this time to do things you’ve been putting off. Read a book on your fun list, practice painting, whatever you never had enough time for.
  4. Learn from it: After mourning the loss, an essential step according to specialist Lisa Nichols, she says find something meaningful or useful to take away from the situation. In the proverbial, take lemons and make lemonade, be sure to take away a positive life lesson from every setback. This will help you learn about you and your abilities going forward.

Bonus: If you’re looking for more tips there are plenty of Mindful ways to give yourself a fresh start. If you’re facing a midlife crisis consider these tips.