5 Stages of Adversity and How to Overcome Them

Are you struggling with adversity?


5 stages of adversity

1. Denial

No-one likes to admit when they are wrong, much less admit when they have been fooled. It is infinitely easier to deny a truth, rather than to embrace it. It is easier to mock, than to debate. It is easier to hide under the sheets and pretend that there is not a monster in the room. This is where most of our society is stuck right now. They believe whatever the “authorities” tell them is the truth. They go along with the crowd in fear of being looked upon as strange or crazy.

Use this obstacle as a learning opportunity, look at why you react the way you do. Write a journal to prevent old thoughts circulating in your brain.

2. Anger

This emotion is a very natural reaction and one that you must go with rather than suppress. Finding out how the world really works is akin to finding out your significant other has been cheating on you.

Take action by practicing mindfulness and calming your mind.

3. Bargaining

This is the most annoying stage of the facing adversity process. If you are interacting with people in the denial phase, it is possible you could use wrong language to get your point across. You know something is wrong and that you cannot go back to ignorance.

Stop making excuses and use your time to research positivity.

4. Depression

The worst kind of depression that permeates your awareness levels is the arrogant attitude of “I know it all” or “screw everyone, I don’t care”. This is the most painful stage and the hardest to get out of. Human happiness comes from progress and yet progress in this journey seems to suck you further into a hole. Unfortunately, there is no way to avoid this and it is necessary to go through it.

Find a positive goal or vision and work towards it.

5. Acceptance

This process of making wise choices for yourself, and not others, will yield massive positive personal results. These postive results will reinforce your actions and bring about more positive change in your life. People will start to notice the light in your eyes as confidence returns. They will now ask what happened to you and those who once did not want to hear the truth will be ready to listen.

What is simply is so practice positive thinking and mindfulness.