Five Coping Strategies You Can Use Right Now

Three life coaches offer their tips for carrying the heavy load that’s on your mind, whatever it may be.

We asked three local life coaches to give us their keys to coping during difficult times. Give yourself some grace, take a deep breath, and remind yourself that you matter. Then take a look at these strategies and make a plan to move forward.

Illustration by Mari Fouz

DON’T TRY TO CONTROL EVERYTHING

“You can’t control everything in life, but you can decide how the uncontrollable impacts your life,” says Rachel Schwartzman Murphy of MindSettings. “Most things are out of your control. Surrendering to this reality brings serenity,” says Ron Esposito of the Conscious Living Center.


ACKNOWLEDGE THE WAY YOU THINK

“You can change your entire life just by changing the way you think,” says Murphy. “What is right and wrong is subjective, and you don’t have to believe everything you think. You will always get more of the things you focus on, regardless of whether you actually want it or not.”


IT’S OK TO NOT KNOW WHAT YOU WANT

“From working with individuals to Fortune 500 clients, I’ve learned that a lack of clarity doesn’t mean the answers aren’t there—it simply means they’re waiting to be uncovered. Clarity lies in the determination of the person who values the answers more than their fear,” says Christine Bunnell.


SELF-ACCEPTANCE IS CRUCIAL

“It’s OK to be human,” says Esposito. “Whatever is rejected in consciousness goes into the shadow and is projected onto others and the world. Practicing self-acceptance, non-judgment, and self-love are paramount to personal growth.”


IT’S OK TO BE A BIT SELFISH

“What would you absolutely love for every aspect of your life?” says Bunnell. “Does it seem like a selfish question or maybe even an indulgent question in the midst of the chaos we’re facing today? When we take the time to know who we are, what we would love, and why, we equip ourselves with a lifeline that allows others to do the same.”

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