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It’s so hard when you are right in the centre of a major life challenge. The pain is personal to you and while you are hurting it can feel unbearable. Your head feels heavy, your breath is short, you have a general low feeling and you feel like you are swimming against the tide. At worse, panic and fear sets in, dread, lack of energy and becoming withdrawn. Carrying on in this way, over a period of time, can cause long term effects that can be hard to bounce back from.

My Lovely, there is something to be said about looking to the future. Someone said, “To everything, there is a season.” So take heart in knowing that there will be an ending to your challenge.

As we go through life, we begin to realise that difficult experiences help us to grow. Indeed, studies have shown this to be true.

Research has found that up to 70% of people experience positive psychological growth from difficult times, such as a deeper sense of self and purpose, a greater appreciation for life and loved ones, and an increased capacity for altruism, empathy and desire to act for the greater good. UW Health mag.