Who wouldn’t love to live a life that was absolutely free of crisis, catastrophe, and misfortune? Unfortunately, that’s not how life works. In reality, we will all inevitably face our fair share of crisis – or for some more than our fair share – and will have to figure out how to mitigate the risks of these crises developing, and also bounce back when they do occur. While it isn’t always possible to avoid these situations, there are things you can do to reduce the risks that one will befall you and to help you bounce back from negative situations.
Here are a few tips for keeping crisis at bay in your life.
Get issues around your home resolved before they become major
Many things that eventually become severe problems around the home, begin as minor disruptions that could be dealt with quite easily at an early stage. Nipping these issues in the bud could, then, prevent a major home catastrophe down the line. Often, things that begin as small cracks, or early signs of wear and tear, will – if left unattended – develop into the kinds of severe home issues that require a lot of money to be spent on repair work, not to mention plenty of time and manpower.
A leak from your ceiling may result in damage or even your ceiling collapsing. Things like missing shingles on a roof, or nails sticking up where they shouldn’t be, can be signs that it’s time for a roof repair job. A good way of reducing the risk of crises around your home is to get any issues resolved at an early stage, rather than waiting until they rear their ugly heads as full-blown dilemmas.
Communicate more clearly and openly with the people you care about
A lot of things can go wrong in life as a result of poor communication. This is especially true in relationships and families, where failing to say the things that need to be said can result in mounting frustration, resentment, and dissatisfaction, that can all erupt at once with disastrous results. If your partner were to ask you for a divorce one day, it’s highly unlikely that this happened out of the blue. Far more likely is that it was something had been brewing for a long time, but you’d failed to notice or they failed to communicate the issue(s) By opening up deeper and more effective channels of communication, you can possible avert many would-be crises in your interpersonal relationships. Communicate tactfully, but say what needs to be said, and don’t bottle things up.
Focus on always telling the truth
A lot of people are, to put it bluntly, compulsive liars. Of course, very few people actually consider themselves liars. At most, they’ll consider themselves people who “bend the truth”, or tell “white lies.” The thing is, even “white lies” set the ground for serious trouble down the line, and must be avoided. By always telling the truth, you are committing to facing reality head-on. Of course, when telling the truth, you should be tactful, not cruel. Telling the truth is 100% uncomfortable, but it can help you dodge even more uncomfortable situations.
Live within your means and put some money aside for a rainy day
These days, everyone wants to live a celebrity lifestyle, which generally means that everyone wants expensive flashy cars, a massive house, designer clothing and accessories, and so on. One issue with this is that it motivates many people to live beyond their means, and live on credit. But when you’re living outside your means, you are only ever one recession or unexpected bill away from disaster. One of the best things you can do to avoid a personal financial crisis is to live within your means, avoid living on credit. You don’t have to give up on having nice things, just pay off your credit card debt and then set aside a bit of money each month that will go toward a tropical vacay or a new Louis Vuitton bag. Sidenote: check out sites like eBay, Fashionphile, Tradesy, or Poshmark for preloved designer goods, that way you can enjoy those high-end brands for a fraction of the high-end price!