Tough Times Survival Strategies

Surviving Tough Times

We all long to be happy and fulfilled. But over the past couple months I’ve talked to several friends that have told me they are neither. They are going through some tough times.

Very tough times.

Health issues.

Financial devastation.

Difficult situations with their work.

Some have lost their jobs.

Just when we thought the economy was starting to pick up, people are loosing their jobs.

Businesses are closing.

Have any of you been touched by one of these, or other difficult situations?

Most of us with some age have lived through one or several of these tough times.

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Talk about tough! That is one tough little tree!

Difficulties Teach Us

Having lived most of my adult life as a single mom, and alone since my daughter headed off to college, I’m all to familiar with tough times.

The good thing is because of that I’ve learned some amazing survival strategies for dealing with tough times.

And I’m sure you have learned some of those lessons as well.

So here’s what I want to challenge you with today-   I’m going to share some of my thoughts on how to deal with difficult times, but I want each of you to add you own Survival Strategies in the comments section below.  I have several dear friends that could use an encouraging thought or idea. Would you do that today? Please? Together we can make a difference.

Let’s join together to make this post a life line for others.

Ok, so here are some of my Survival Strategies for tough times

Tough Times Survival Strategy #1:  “Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” Joshua J. Marine

I’m an eternal optimist. I see the class as half full. Challenges are made to build character, grow us, stretch us, mold us into the people we are meant to be. Overcoming life’s issues makes us stronger. Builds our character, and adds the spice to life.

We don’t grow during the easy times. We coast. We enjoy.

It’s the tough times that stretch us.

Make us dig deep.

Make us grow.

Look for the silver lining in every dark cloud and see it as a road map to a stronger, better you!

Tough Times Survival Strategy #2:         Keep your mind focused on the next step to moving forward. No matter how big or how small. Keep moving forward.

What do we say when we’re dealing with something difficult? Something like, “I’m going through some tough times.”

That’s the point! We’re going Through It!

We’re not meant to be stuck in the tough times. We are going and growing through it.

Break your situation down into smaller challenges and deal with them one by one.

How many times have you looked back on something difficult and said I learned _______, during that time. You fill in the blank. If you really think about it, every time you’ve gone through a difficult time or situation in your life you’ve learned something. Haven’t you?

As strange as it sounds I look forward to difficulty because I know it’s going to grow me in some manner.

I know my character will be tested and strengthened by the adversity.

Challenge builds character.

Olympians know this better than any of us:

In 1908, before the Olympic Games in London, Pierre de Coubertin created what is now the Olympic Creed. It is inspired by the words of Bishop Ethelbert Talbot, “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win, but to take part. Just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph, but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.”

Tough Times Survival Strategy #3:        Make the choice to be happy no matter what you are facing

Most of our battles are in our minds.

Don’t let your circumstances dictate your happiness.

Did you know happiness is a choice?

We need to choose to be happy, blessed, and joyful everyday. Even if your circumstances tell a different story.

One of my favorite sayings is “Speak it till you see it.” But often that can be a very difficult thing to do. We get caught up in whatever life is throwing at us and we get dragged down.

Beat up.

Even depressed.

But if you stay joyful you take the power out of the negative situation. The tough times don’t seem so tough when you smile and make yourself look for things to be joyful about.

Tough Times Survival Strategy #4:             Be THANKFUL for whatever it is that is causing you to have the tough times.

I know, you think I’m crazy!

Be Thankful for whatever is causing you to suffer? I can hear you saying “No Way Lady!”

Honestly, this is the MOST IMPORTANT Strategy. But it is also the most difficult. It takes time to learn. And even when you practice it over and over, it still can be tough to do.

This step requires faith.

And creates the most powerful positive energy shift.

It moves us from negative to positive and takes the power away from the tough situation we’re facing.

Those of you that follow this blog and/or my Facebook page know, I believe God is in control. And when tough times come our way the Lord can use them for our good, especially if we have the right attitude.

I have seen this time and time again. If we can trust enough to say, “Thank you for this situation because I know, no  matter how bad it looks, I know you are going to use this for my good, you are going to teach me lessons, and you are going to use this for to bless me because you are faithful Lord.”

And even if you don’t feel thankful, speak it till you see it. Don’t give in to doubt. Don’t let the negative take over. Speak positive until you see positive.

If you can practice these survival strategies you will be able to endure the though times that come and you will be victorious.

My Challenge To You

If you have a survival strategy that you use to weather the tough times in life, please take a few minutes and share it with us in the comments section. Your way of dealing with difficulty may be the perfect answer  someone reading this is looking for.  Even if it’s simply eating chocolate, please share you ideas.

Thank you for joining with us to help others.

Thank you and God Bless!

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  1. Dwayne February 16, 2016 #

    When I’m upset, I have a tendency to want to retreat, pushing everyone away. I don’t want to talk to or see anyone. But I find that is exactly what I should not do, because all it does is create more problems. For instance, if you just say “hi” and walk on by without smiling or carrying on a conversation when it is expected, you may hurt someone else and at the same time created another problem that you will have to address. Remember they have no idea what you are going through. By deciding to smile, be friendly and have a cheerful attitude, you brighten the day of others and at the same time minimizes the significance of whatever else is going on in your life.

    I also find it helpful to say petitions (a quick prayer on a specific issue, i.e. giving thanks or praying for someone) throughout the day.

    One thing that we need to always remember is to take one step at a time. If you don’t know what the Maslow theory is, look it up and it will help you understand the protocol of important steps that must be addressed – step at a time – in solving a problem. Above all use the tools that God has provided you and allow Him to shoulder the burden and carry you, if you are struggling to bear the burden. Also share with a friend your burdens. You’ve heard the old adage, “Two shoulders are better than one.”

    • Kristi Ross February 16, 2016 #

      Thank you for sharing this Dwayne! Interestingly enough, you touched on something I have a tendency to do as well. I call it going into my cave. When I’m facing a tough situation I retreat from the world. And you’re right, it only hurts those who care about you and would like to help. And it hurts ourselves by not making us smile and get our minds off ourselves and lift up someone else instead. And yes, the Maslow theory ties right into all this doesn’t it? Thank you for sharing all this Dwayne. I know you have made a difference in someone’s life today. And made me face some of my own issues as well.
      Thank you!

  2. Kathy Hodge Weaver February 16, 2016 #

    The most difficult circumstance I have faced is one in which I could not face alone so I relied upon my church family for help. I was a Christian, believed in the power of prayer and trusted God for help but I was unable to pray. My mind was numb. So my church family sought the Lord in my behalf. I also faced things head on, like going into the local grocery store or post office or bank, places I knew my acqaintanances would be and that they would be offering sympathy. It was very hard but made me stronger, yet the main help came from my God. Those prayers that were prayed for me were answered and although the situation did not work out in my favor, the Lord saw me thru it. He carried me over the mountain! To Him be all the glory, honor, and praise!!

    • Kristi Ross February 16, 2016 #

      Thank you for sharing this touching information Kathy. What great strategies for facing difficult situations. I know someone out there will read this and follow your suggestions as they face their own difficulties. Isn’t interesting how our church is family and they carry us when we can’t carry the burden alone. And God does meet us wherever we are doesn’t He?!? What amazing love! Thank you again. God bless you!

  3. Jan Smitt February 17, 2016 #

    I love it that you are doing this Kristi! I’ve already learned new ways of dealing with my #toughtimes becuase of the strategies presented here! I have been one of those “chocolate eaters” you mentioned in the post. Plus I drank. But the worst is I hid it. Becuase of your “Miracle Series” posts I am trying to break both these habits and live a more God centered life. Thakn you for these helpful, and touching posts! They really are making a difference in my life! Please keep writing!
    God bless you, your family, and your ministry!

    • Kristi Ross March 16, 2016 #

      Oh goodness Jan, I’m blown away! I’m honored and humbled more than words can explain! I’m thrilled God is using these posts to make a difference in your life! Praise GOD!!!! And thank you, after your post, I will keep right on writing!! God Bless you dear one!!

  4. Lori May 20, 2016 #

    Your comment ” Speak positive until you see positive” speaks to me so much.

    • Kristi May 21, 2016 #

      That thrills me Lori! I’m so glad! Thank you for letting me know this! It touches me far deeper than you have any idea!

      God bless you precious friend!

    • Kristi Ross May 2, 2017 #

      Lori, I apologize for just getting back with you, but I just now saw your comment. I’m so sorry! Thank you for your comment! I’m thrilled the post spoke to you! I hope you keep coming back! And Please stay in contact!
      God Bless,

  5. Jana August 7, 2016 #

    I stand on the verse “trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path “. Then I look for humor in every situation. Having a good belly laugh relieves stress and brightens my day!

    • Kristi August 8, 2016 #

      Jana, that is perfect! What great wisdom! And I LOVE a good belly laugh! So I’m keeping this for future reference for myself!

      Thank you so much for taking the time to respond! I appreciate your comment, and YOU!

      God Bless,


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