This week there was another deadly school shooting. It’s so sad. This time it was just about 30 minutes from me, right here in Nashville. It seems like the world is going nuts and it can feel depressing when you watch the news or think about all the craziness going on out there. Unfortunately, our system for media gains more profit from fear and negativity than it does from positive and uplifting news. Because of this, it’s up to us to focus more on the positive right now than the negative. There is more good happening in the world than bad and I hope there is more joy in your life right now than stress, fear or anxiety.

But if you are feeling down or going through a hard time, I want to be a source of encouragement. I know going through hard times can often feel as though you’re caught in a storm — struggling and in pain, hoping it passes quickly. But even in the midst of the storm, there are ways to find hope and strength. Here are some practical tips to help you weather any storm that comes your way.

Get Silly
Sometimes, the best way to cope with hard times is to find humor in the situation. Whether it’s watching a funny movie or sharing a joke with a friend, laughter can be a powerful tool for reducing stress and lifting your spirits. Although, I have just sat and watched a super sad movie to get one big cry out — sometimes that’s what we need too.

Embrace Your Inner Child
As we grow older, we often lose touch with the things that brought us joy as children. During hard times, revisiting those activities can be a source of comfort and nostalgia. Whether it’s coloring, playing with LEGOs, or building a fort, giving yourself permission to be playful and creative can help you find moments of joy in difficult circumstances.

Find Inspiration
When things feel tough, it can be helpful to turn to inspirational figures for motivation and encouragement. Maybe it’s reading biographies of people who overcame great challenges, listening to motivational speeches, or following inspiring social media accounts, finding sources of inspiration can help you stay motivated and optimistic. You can always follow me for inspiration.

Try Something New
Hard times can be an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone and try something new. I love journaling or going to a new fun place with my family. Maybe for you, it’s a new hobby, a different exercise routine, or a new recipe. Challenging yourself to do something different can help you feel a sense of accomplishment and boost your confidence.

Movement And Connecting With Nature
Moving your body, working out and spending time in nature can be a powerful way to soothe your soul and calm your mind. Take a walk in the park, go on a hike, spend time at the beach or just sit and dream/plan outside. Connecting with nature can help you feel grounded and centered. Some of my best workouts were when I felt down and didn’t even want to move but I did it anyway.

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help
It’s important to remember that asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. I was at one of my very lowest points and, trust me, reaching out to my friend Monte helped me so much. Whether it’s reaching out to a friend or family member for support, talking to a therapist, joining a support group, or just calling a mentor, there are many resources available to help you navigate difficult times. You know that my DM’s are always open!

Practice Self-compassion
Don’t be so hard on yourself. Treat yourself with the same kindness and understanding that you would offer to a friend going through a tough time. Acknowledge your feelings and give yourself permission to feel whatever emotions come up. Life wasn’t ever meant to be perfect and easy all of the time. Remember that it’s okay to not be okay, and that you are doing the best you can.

Remember, no storm lasts forever. By using these tips to stay resilient and finding moments of joy and inspiration along the way, you can weather any storm that comes your way. Think of all the hard things you have overcome in the past. You are strong and I promise it will get better. You got through some crappy things before and you will get through this too. So take a deep breath, put on your rain boots, and get ready to dance in the rain.

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Your friend,