Assisting people with displaced lives in living a balanced life.

Strategies for Coping

Strategies for Coping

Nobody likes displacement. It’s not a situation anyone would choose to live through. Unfortunately, life circumstances such as natural disasters, political turmoil, or international conflicts can force people out of their homes and into unfamiliar environments. Even in the most stable of times, life can sometimes be interrupted by a personal crisis such as a job loss or death of a loved one. In either case, it is important to strive for balance amidst the disruption of displacement.

Whether displacement is sudden or gradual, recognizing, accepting, and preparing for the changes help to pave the way toward developing strategies for maintaining a sense of balance amidst the upheaval. Here are several tips for helping people with displaced lives to stay balanced in times of uncertainty:

1. Establish A Sense of Routine: When faced with a major life change or displacement, it can be easy to become overwhelmed with trying to figure out the next steps and where to start. One of the best ways to remain focused is to establish a routine. This can be as simple as dedicating time each day to an existing skill such as painting or making small but consistent changes such as that affect the day-to-day tasks that provide a sense of structure. This can help to maintain a sense of familiarity and normalcy.

2. Connect with Support Systems: Establishing and maintaining ties with family, friends, and others living in similar situations can provide an invaluable source of strength and support. Sharing stories and finding similar goals can create new opportunities and foster a sense of belonging. This can help bring some normalcy back into the life of someone who has been displaced.

3. Nurture Self-Care: Displacement can leave individuals feeling isolated, frustrated, and helpless. Even some of life’s seemingly small pleasures can serve as a way to regain connectedness and balance. These pleasures may range from getting a massage to reading a book or catching up with friends.

4. Identify The Positive: Displacement can mean adjusting to a new way of life without the benefit of familiar surroundings or lifestyles. Identifying and embracing at least one thing, no matter how small, about the new surroundings can provide an anchor point from which to approach the change of life.

5. Seek Professional Help: If displacement continues for an extended period of time, and the situation is complicated by the presence of grief or depression, it is important to seek out professional help such as counseling. This technique can help to develop a sense of coping, as well as the skill of resilience that is so important in living a balanced life despite the trauma of displacement.

As hard as it may be to reconcile, displacement can provide a chance for personal growth and a way to stretch oneself with new challenges. For those looking to live a balanced life, it is key to remember that difficult circumstances need not be the end but instead the beginning of a new chapter filled with opportunity and potential, even during the most trying times.