When Life Throws You Lemons

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I love the variation of the saying:

[blockQuote position=”center”]When Life Gives You Lemons, Get Some Salt and Tequila[/blockQuote]

… even though I don’t really like Tequila {insert horrible college story here}.

In recent days, my home country of Venezuela has lived through days of grief, pain, desperation and chaos. Complete chaos. If you are unfamiliar with the situation just Google: Venezuela and you’ll come up with plenty of news articles.

Although I have lived here in the USA for a large portion of my life, the truth is that I was born and raised in Venezuela and my whole family still resides there (mom, dad, siblings, friends, etc). So, this all hit very close to home (no pun intended).

So, when bad news kept coming through my phone and my computer I was overwhelmed with a bundle of different feelings:

  • Frustration
  • Sadness
  • Fear
  • Guilt
  • and even Anger

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I won’t get into a lot of details, but let’s just say that these haven’t been awesome days.

Now, you’re probably thinking:

[pullQuote position=”left”]Jen, but what the heck does this have to do with this blog?[/pullQuote]

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Do not fret my friend! I’m not turning this into a political blog or my personal journal to express my grief. I do however want to share with you some simple tips that you can implement whenever you’re having a less than desirable day, or week, or month, or year!

You know I always promote maintaining a positive state of mind and looking at possibilities through an optimistic lense, but let’s face it: Life happens! (for lack of a better word).

So, next time life throws you lemons put “Operacion Tequila” into motion; here are some things that have worked for me:

  1. Love: in days when life just seems so painful and unbearable, love… love with all your mighty heart. It is incredible how powerful this is. Even if just for one minute, direct your attention, your mind, your soul and your whole being into loving. Feel the depth of it and really connect with that feeling. Mr. Martin Luther King Jr. said it best: [blockQuote position=”center”]Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.[/blockQuote]
  2. Pray: in whichever way you know how. If for you this means getting down on your knees, then do that. If it means going to a church, temple, or other house of prayer, then do that. Whether you connect with source through meditation, chanting, breathing, reading a sacred book, whatever way you find comfort through prayer and connecting with your source. Through hard times, it is important to find your center. Re-calibrate yourself.
  3. Move: I know in times of sadness it can be hard to ask your body to do anything physically and yes, rest is good just don’t let the isolation consume you. So, go out for a walk. Even if it’s a short one. Let the sun kiss your face. Breathe the fresh air. Listen to nature. It will help your mind expand beyond your current obstacles. You will get confirmation on your feelings. Your thoughts will become clearer.
  4. Laugh: it is scientifically proven that laughter is beneficial to your health. It uses muscles you wouldn’t normally use; it causes the release of endorphins, and overall you just can’t help but to feel good after a laugh-attack.  And I know, it’s not easy to laugh when all you want to do is cry (which is also very healthy) but find something that makes you laugh. For me, something that always works is videos of animals doing cute and funny things.
  5. Thank: there is always something to be grateful for. Take note of the things in your life that are going right. All the blessings you have been gifted with. These last few days, my list goes something like this:

 

  • I’m thankful for having freedom of speech
  • I give thanks for being able to kiss my daughter goodnight
  • I am grateful for having life

 

The truth is, bad days will come from time to time; it’s how you face them that will determine the outcome. Take time to nurture your soul, take care of your body, be gentle with yourself but also take tiny little steps every day to rebuild your energy and find inner peace.

Now, I want to hear from you! What do you do when your having a lousy day? Leave a comment below.

And before you go, I leave you with this video that helped me though some rough days: a cat that gets caught barking like a dog!



Abrazos,

Jennifer

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Jennifer Kent is an award-winning entrepreneur who helps you define your dream career and ditch your boring job.

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Jennifer Kent is an award-winning entrepreneur who helps you define your dream career and ditch your boring job.