4 Things You Need When Life Knocks You Down

Remind yourself regularly to keep your chin up and stay mindful of the present moment.

Everyone faces life challenges at some time or another. However, if you feel like you're in a never-ending cycle in which the universe seems to continuously kick your tail, you might have trouble keeping a positive outlook.

If you want to embrace your inner warrior in mind, body and spirit, here are four things you need.

1. You need to stay mindful of your personal power

If you feel as though you’ve become a magnet for negative incidents, remind yourself of your own awesomeness with positive affirmations or a personal mantra.

Staying positive and affirming your personal power and worth have the ability to attract positive results and experiences. Remind yourself regularly to keep your chin up and stay mindful of the present moment.

2. You need to embrace the practice of breathing exercises and meditation

Several studies have proven that physical and emotional benefits of mindful meditation include boosting immunity, lowering heart rates, and relieving stress symptoms. In fact, the results of a 2012 published study in the Harvard Gazette showed that meditation can ‘rewire’ brain responses to stress.

Mindful meditation practices encourage one to be fully present in the moment and help them realize how to accept themselves and others without judgment. Keep in mind that meditating doesn’t have to be a long drawn out session in order to effectively calm the mind and help you focus on the present moment.

Here is a simple way to get started:

  1. Find a quiet place to sit that is free from distractions.
  2. Set a timer for five minutes.
  3. When you are seated and the timer has begun, take ten deep breaths.
  4. Now breath normally. With each inhalation envision you are breathing in goodness and positivity. With each exhalation imagine the stressors in your life flowing out into the air and away from you.

3. You need to start journaling

Journaling is the process of simply writing down thoughts and emotions, and it’s a great way to express the things we think and feel, particularly when life knocks you down.

Keeping a daily or weekly journal can help release pent-up fears, feelings of loss, rages and disappointments. In the process of journaling don’t forget to write down those things that you are grateful for. Sometimes something as simple as “I survived today and I didn’t give up!” is enough to reframe your perspective.

4. You need honest self-reflection

Perhaps a recent string of events in which life knocks you down are just there to encourage you to stop doing some of the things you do.

Take an hour, a day, a few days, and devote it to self-reflection. Maybe you hold the key to ending some of your life’s present challenges.