Overcoming adversity and surviving social stigmas

Overcoming adversity and surviving social stigmas


Posted by: The personal injury help and advice team

It goes without saying that one of the biggest hurdles we’ll ever face is how to overcome adversity and social stigma. We’ll encounter challenges along our journey in life but these are the obstacles we need to tackle in order to build ourselves a stronger character. Life is full of victories and struggles, but unfortunately some things are out of our control and no matter how much we plan ahead, some events are unavoidable. On the other hand, adversity draws out our strength and good qualities when responded to constructively and whether we’re faced with a small or large problem, the difficult times will help us to appreciate the better things in life.

But how do you overcome adversity? This is something we have to learn on our own as we’re all individuals who deal with problems in our own way. We are the only ones who know what will help us to cope better with a situation. Adversity will always be a part of life but only we can choose how we allow our experiences to affect us…

Will we sit, suffer and let the hurdles break us or will we build resilience and courage and let the experience make us?

Here are some techniques you might like to try to help you conquer a struggle…

  • Prepare for the worst

Making yourself aware that certain difficulties are inevitable will help you to prepare for those situations should they occur. Not all bad has to come from the challenges we face, we can look for learning opportunities in every situation and remind ourselves that adversity is part of life. Once we learn to accept this, it’ll be easier to overcome it.

  • Be your own best friend

Use your inner resources, strength, courage, resilience and faith to push your way through the rough patches. Believe in yourself and be positive. When a plot twist comes your way, take a step back, a deep breath and approach the situation with calmness. Look at everything rationally and put things into perspective. Acknowledge that you are in control of what you do next, you may not have chosen the path but you can decide how it affects you.

  • Don’t suffer in silence

You’d be surprised that once you begin talking to someone, how many other people have been in a similar situation or experienced the same feelings. Build a support network of compassionate friends and family, and you’ll always have someone to turn to through a difficult time. Knowing that somebody is there to listen can take a weight off your shoulders. We all need encouragement, and support can be comforting so don’t be afraid to reach out to a loved one.

  • Embrace adversity and look at what you’re being taught

Try not to see adversity as the enemy; find the silver lining and what you can take out of the experience. Consider expressing your opinions on the internet to help others in similar situations or look to join a support group where you can teach others about your experiences.

  • Find inspiration in others

It’s easy to feel all alone when we come across a challenge, but if we look around there are many inspirational people who have shared their stories of overcoming adversity and who have led a successful life afterwards.

For example, Bethany Hamilton, a professional American surfer, had her arm bitten off by a shark at age 13 only to jump back on her surfboard one month later! Within two years, Bethany won her first national title – talk about determination!

Christopher Reeve suffered a spinal injury which paralysed him from the neck down after falling from his horse but turned the injury on its head by founding the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation – a charitable organisation dedicated to finding treatments and cures for paralysis and spinal cord injuries.

And let’s not forget Stephen Hawking, a world-renowned British theoretical physicist who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease that gradually paralysed him over the decades. Hawking did not let this stand in the way of his contributions to the fields of cosmology, general relativity and quantum gravity, especially in the context of black holes.

Their determination and persistence enabled them to prevail their adversities. We can summon strength and courage from these inspirations to help us battle our own demons.

Success comes to those who persevere and handle problems quickly and positively. Always remember to keep your thoughts on ‘where you’re going’ and not ‘where you’ve been’.

If you have any suggestions on what you believe helps to overcome adversity or want to share your experience with our readers, please contact us here, or send us a direct message on our Facebook @PersonalTruths or Twitter page @Personal_Truths.

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