12 Tips for Surviving When You Feel Like You're Drowning

12 Tips for Surviving When You Feel Like You're Drowning

I’ve spent more time in the last eighteen months fighting to stay above water in a storm-tossed ocean than I have standing on solid ground. 

Some days show up rockier than others. There are mornings I see the waves coming the second I open my eyes and then there are times I’m taken completely by surprise. Oddly, my rough-water days aren’t always the ones that come with crisis or high drama. 

Here’s my theory. When I get a break and take a second to breathe, the adrenaline rush keeping me in the fight dips and I go under. 

I hate those days because they take me off guard. They steal my momentum. I’ve found it’s often easier to maintain than fight my way back to the surface after I’ve already started sinking.

You don’t have to be drowning in an ocean to resonate with what I’m saying. We all live those days. 

Maybe you’ve lost your footing in a lake. Or found yourself paddling in a pond. On the surface, your life might not look as bad as everyone else’s. But deep inside, your circumstances feel pretty weighty. 

When you think about it, a growing pile of stones settling on your chest one at a time can do just as much damage as being crushed by a boulder. 

So wherever you’re at, when you wake to one of those days, here are some practical things that help me make it through until tomorrow. Maybe some will work for you.

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1. Give your day to God.

Ground yourself before you even get out of bed. Spend a moment praying, asking God to give you the grace and strength you need for the day ahead. Don't dwell on the particulars of your day -- focus on God, his awesome attributes and his all sustaining grace.