You have things to get done, but you’re finding it impossible to concentrate. There are too many things coming at you, and you have other responsibilities calling for your attention. You’re floundering and don’t seem to have the ability anymore to get things done, no matter how hard you try. Life looks bleak, and you honestly don’t know where to turn next.

If this sounds familiar, it’s because this is a common enough story. Even people who have great self-discipline under normal circumstances can find it challenging to keep themselves moving during hard times.

It doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, by following these guidelines, you can discover how to stay self-disciplined even during hardship when stress is at its highest.

Own Up to What’s Going On
By making excuses or constantly complaining about the situation, you’re only giving in to your emotions. Fear and anger thrive in this environment, so why are you giving them a foothold? Here’s where you’re going to need to work a little harder to keep your emotions under control. Only then will you be able to think clearly to figure out your next move.

Stop Putting Things Off
Burying your head in the sand isn’t going to solve anything. By procrastinating and trying to wait out the bad, you’re only delaying the action you need to take to fix the situation. What’s worse, is you’re likely to lose any forward momentum you had at all and make it that much harder to start up again. Forcing yourself forward even when it’s hard is what’s going to do you the most good right now.