Personal growth is a continuous process of learning to become the best version of yourself through both short-term goals and long-term goals. It’s an ongoing journey that involves getting out of your comfort zone, settling into a practice of self-reflection, and taking consistent daily action. However, personal growth oftentimes than not is abandoned or shelved during challenging times. Many people tend to deviate from their personal goals when they encounter one problem or the other. This is a normal human reaction. If you are in this position, you do not have to give up personal growth. You can still reach them no matter the challenge. Here’s how.
Allow yourself to feel into your emotions
One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to avoid feeling your mental and emotional discomfort. You tend to sprint to the nearest distraction in the hopes you can avoid the reality you’re experiencing and, unfortunately, this only creates baggage that you end up carrying with you into future experiences. Instead, allow yourself to just sit and breathe while allowing yourself to be with whatever you’re feeling for as long as it takes. This helps you to process your thoughts and emotions, allowing them to pass through you.
Rely on your close friends
You should allow someone you trust to be there for you, to offer advice, to simply listen, or just to sit in silence. This helps you let go of your protective mechanisms and just free fall into someone safe. Allow yourself to just be held in the space you’re in without judgment or expectation.
Do one thing daily that reminds you that you are amazing
Chances are, there’s been at least one inspiring event in your life that you can call upon to remind you that you aren’t what is happening to you right now. You’re simply moving through a difficult time—and you will be ok. Make a list of your positive qualities (even though you may not be feeling so good about yourself at the moment) and ask yourself which of those skills or qualities you need to draw upon to help you get through this time.
Take time to meditate
Meditation anchors you into the present moment, which may not be the place you want to be in challenging times. That being said, silence is your greatest teacher. In those moments when you connect to your breath and feel relaxed and nested, repeating your mantra will take you to deeper levels of consciousness where you’re able to transcend your thoughts, connecting you to who you truly are at the core of your being.
Make healthy choices
Never underestimate the power of nourishing yourself through healthy food, exercise, and restful sleep. While these things may be a challenge in themselves when you’re dealing with bigger problems, the best thing you can do for yourself is to choose wisely what you put in your body to be sure you’re moving your body and that you’re sleeping soundly.