How Challenges and Difficult Times Make us Grow

How Challenges and Difficult Times Make us Grow

At a certain point in our lives, it is inevitable that we will go through difficult times. The life changing challenges could be a medical diagnosis, loss of a loved one, or an missed opportunity for a dream job. These events often shove us into psychological turmoil. But we can always emerge better than before, even as we endure the pain.

According to some studies 7 out of 10 people experience emotional and psychological growth after going through difficult times. People may become more empathetic, focused, stronger and more resilient to challenges.

Define Our Path and purpose

Challenging events that confront us often have the effect of shaking things up in our lives. As we make adjustments we are forced to re-evaluate our outlook on life. We seek out the transformation we want in a way that feels more authentic than before. We are, therefore, forced to make decisions that will transform us and improve our quality of life.


The pain we experience during difficult times, forces us to seek out what feels good to us. People are compelled to start paying more attention to self-care. Are you eating right? How have you been handling these difficult times psychologically and emotionally? Even though we can at times seek self-gratification through alcoholism or substance abuse, we can also choose a positive path that emphasizes self-care and understand the importance of self-worth.

Coping and Gaining Strength

A serious loss or disappointment can test an individual’s emotional, physical, and psychological strength. It is these tests that force us to make the important adjustments. Your inner strength and coping mechanisms are reinforced in the process.

The important thing is to work on getting better so that you can get back on your feet and be in a position to face new challenges. In the words of Martin Luther King; “If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run, then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl. But whatever you do, you’ve got to keep on moving”.