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Let’s Talk: Coping During Challenging Seasons of Life

The following was written by editor Kara Fleck.

This isn’t the post I intended to write for today. The truth is, not much has gone according to plan the past few weeks. We’re going through a busy time of life at my house right now and I’ve been feeling challenged.

My husband’s work is starting to ramp up for their busiest time of the year, which means longer hours for him and less time at home.  We’ve learned to adapt to Christopher’s schedule over the years but this year, as I face the upset stomach and exhaustion of the first half of pregnancy, coupled with the flu that recently worked its way through our household, I’m finding that I’m feeling overwhelmed.

I have to keep reminding myself to step back and get some perspective.

I thought I’d share a few of the ways I’ve been coping and then open up the comments for discussion today on dealing with the busy seasons of life.

And so, to remind myself as much as anyone else, here are a few things I’ve learned during life’s challenging times:

Life Happens

Life just happens.  Illness.  Pregnancy.  New babies.  Family crisis.  A parent going back to work or picking up an extra job or more over time hours.  Perhaps your family has recently moved or is remodeling your home.

Some things we can control and there are also things we cannot.  For good, or for bad, events occur and circumstance present themselves that can be a challenge to navigate.

During those times, I’ve found I have to remind myself of a few things:

  • This too shall pass.
  • My goal is peace, not perfection.
  • My best is enough. Even if it is merely the best that I can do right now.
  • It is okay to ask for help when I need it.
  • Focus on the basics and let the rest go for a while.

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