How You Can Face Things Head On

Sometimes life can get overwhelming. Whether we have too much to do, or we are feeling completely drained, it can be hard to face the tough things that life throws at us. 

You might avoid making a dental appointment for your niggling tooth, avoid doing your coursework because you don't think you can, or avoid having a difficult conversation with a loved one because it seems easier to try and ignore your responsibilities.  

A change in circumstances, like a break-up or failing an exam, can seem to turn your world upside down and change your set plans for life. The important thing to know is it’s just a hiccup, and this change could be a whole new adventure for you.  

It’s also key to know that the best thing to do is face things head on. It might be tempting to abuse alcohol or drugs in order to ‘numb’ the pain or forget about it. But all you are doing is damaging your body, putting yourself in danger, and causing more problems for yourself… on top of the one you will have to eventually deal with.  

The best solution is to face your problems head on and we give you tips on how to do this...

1. Identify the problem

Don't ignore the problem any longer.

It could be something as simple as "I have serious pain in my back".

2. List what you are scared of

This can make your fear seem smaller.

"I'm afraid they will tell me something is wrong"

3. List what will happen if you don't deal with it

This can help you to put things into perspective.

"If something is wrong it could get worse and turn into a serious condition"

4. Decide your first step

Get started on facing your problem.

"I'm going to book a doctor's appointment"

5. Reward yourself!

If you've taken that first step, treat yourself for doing so.

"After my doctors appointment I'm going to buy myself a new game"