I am a believer that in every person’s life, they reach a point of discouragement and doubt. We all need encouragement from time to time. However, I understand that there are times when there is no one there to encourage us. In these times, it is vital to have coping skills. I want to dedicate this article to giving you tips and hints on how to cope with the pressures of life. I also want to invite you to reiterate these hints to others who you know that may need them. Because of these hints, you could potentially change the worst day of your life to a beneficial experience.

Firstly, you must understand that sometimes, situations are out of your control. There will be times when the unexpected will bring grief. You must be willing to venture out of your comfort zone to get done what needs to be done. I believe when you are on your deathbed, you will regret what you failed to do more than what you did.

Secondly, don’t be too prideful to ask for help or ask questions. Because it’s like David A. Edwards said, “Asking questions is essential for learning. But your intentions in asking them can make a huge difference in where they lead you.” Never be ashamed to seek information. Because when you deny yourself a piece of information, you may not get the chance to ask it a second time. This may cause you to miss an opportunity to learn something that could otherwise benefit you in the future. This is because I believe that information and knowledge have infinite value.

Thirdly, you need to choose your acquaintances wisely. Surrounding yourself with negative people, no matter how emotionally strong you are, will leave you discouraged. You need to rid yourself of every bad relationship to which you are currently connected. I believe the saying, “You will become who you are around”, is true. No matter how strong you are, peer pressure and negativity will bring you down before you can bring them up.

Next, I want you to realize, at the end of the day, you can determine how you react in a difficult situation. I have learned that I cannot control what others do or say about me. I can only control how I react. Find in yourself the composure to withstand the negativity and unexpected situations that are out of your control.

In conclusion, remember the things I have said and if you see the opportunity, share these tips with others. Thank you for allowing me to encourage you.

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