Are you ever tempted to call in the office? And I don’t just mean work. All. Turning it off for a bit. Freezing the full gamut of this messy human experience—the regrets, the fears, the adulting, the drama. Anxiety-inducing news stories and personal issues that are constantly bombarding us.
When everyone needs you and everything worries you and nothing helps you feel better, it’s tempting to disconnect. Shut down and give up if you want to feel numb.
But we can’t, at least not for long. And really, that’s not what we want. Or at least, that’s not what I want when I’m overwhelmed by it all. I don’t really want life to stop.
When my relationships are triggering, my workload is mounting, and my kids needs feel hard to meet, I don’t really want to escape it all. I desire to overcome it all. I want to respond wisely and make best of what’s in front of me instead of reacting impulsively and only making things worse.
I don’t want to disconnect; I want to reconnect—with the still voice inside me that reminds me, if I listen, to breathe, take a step back, and take care of my needs so I can handle whatever life throws at me.
Because I am confident that I can. After all I’ve overcome, I know I’m strong, and I know you are too. As I’m sure you also have horror stories and tragedies. But I also know we all have the capacity to not only handle life’s stressors and challenges but also learn from them and be better for it.
That’s why I created Tiny Buddha’s Inner Strength Journal: Creative Prompts and Challenges to Help You Get Through Anything.
I started working on this journal during the height of the pandemic, when I was exhausted from nights with a poor-sleeping toddler, drained from a high-risk, “geriatric” pregnancy, and overwhelmed by a new work project that ultimately failed in the end. And that’s not to mention all the Covid-related concerns and challenges we all had to face.
From your comments and emails, I learned that you all were dealing with very personal challenges.
Since working things through on paper has always helped me feel less stressed, more confident, and more in control—all well-known benefits of journaling—I focused on prompts and questions that can help us access our personal power. Exercises that can help us protect our energy, manage our emotions, and take good care of ourselves so we feel our best—and feel prepared for the worst.
I also put together a companion eBook—a free gift when you pre-order, for a limited time only—with forty of the site’s most helpful posts on overcoming hard times.
As I completed each step of the journal, it was deeply therapeutic for me. This isn’t a book of answers; it’s a framework to help you create your own personal roadmap to resilience so you can not only get through anything but also get the most out of life.
As a mother to two young children, I’ve often wished I could prevent them from struggling. I’ve spent hours thinking about how I can insulate them from pain and ensure they never hurt as I have.
But I realized a while back that if I protected them from pain, I’d also prevent them from gaining the wisdom and growth that accompany it. They’d live a flat, one-dimensional life, without the pride and confidence that come from doing hard things; and they’d never feel the sense of purpose we often find when we overcome something that once felt insurmountable and feel a burning need to help others do the same.
What I really want for my sons, and for anyone I love—including myself—is the strength to handle life’s greatest challenges and the capacity to recycle their pain into something beautiful. It should be meaningful. A way to make the darkness of your life look like it’s a road leading to light.
Even though it can feel overwhelming, I think we all possess that inner strength. Even when we have to stop for a time. You just have to know how to find it.
Whether you’re hurting, healing, or somewhere in between, I believe Tiny Buddha’s Inner Strength JournalThis guide will help you achieve this. To pre-order your copy and gain instant access, click here Tiny Buddha’s Guide to Overcoming Hard Times: Stories and Tips to Help You Cope with Life’s Biggest Challenges.
About Lori Deschene
Tiny Buddha was founded by Lori Deschene. She’s also the author of Tiny Buddha’s Gratitude Journal, Tiny Buddha’s Worry Journal, and other books and co-founder of Recreate Your Life Story, an online course that helps you let go of the past and live a life you love. For daily wisdom, join the Tiny Buddha list here. You can also follow Tiny Buddha on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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