Bouncing Back By Linda Contreras

"You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it." There are endless quotes describing perseverance and the ability to bounce back, including this one by Margaret Thatcher, however, a quote is just a few words put together if you don't truly embrace the meaning behind it. With life comes struggle and it's one of the things that just happen to be inevitable, but you can either let those failures and faults define you or let the way you bounce back from them define you. The question still stands though, how do you bounce back? Do you forget the fault happened? Do you ignore the failure? How do you bounce back?

The bounce back doesn't just occur every night - trust - it's a process that happens over time with growth. The bouncing back process kicks off with the first step which is acknowledging and recognizing what happened. Although I love kicking my problems under my bed and pretending like nothing ever happened, you can never grow from them or learn from the problems if you don't acknowledge them for what they are. Once that recognition occurs - the rest of the process can continue. Failures are normal and a part of life but we let social media rush us but it's important to remember that no one is on Instagram posting about their failures. Simply keep a few steps in mind when going through the bouncing back process.

  1. Breathe. Sounds simple but that's because it is. Meditate even- the goal is to remain calm and not enter a state of panic after recognizing the fault but just stay put together. 

  2. Create a set plan for yourself and something that you will be able to follow using a calendar, a to-do list, or anything that you may find that will allow you to remain organized!

  3. Lastly, stay positive! It sounds cliche but it really is the way to go. Listen to your favorite music, paint, do something that makes you feel better so that you can remind yourself that everything is okay and if you've fallen, the only way to go is up!

Triveni Patel