Great question, very interested to see what other people post. Here's what I do:
That's what stands out the most at the moment for me.
When I start to go negative with challenges and frustrations, I clear my head by separating negative fear (what if) from reality (what's arrived). Here's the conversation I have with myself:
I find that I can handle the actual challenges before me when I reject the fear that comes from 'what ifs'. Keeping these separate keeps me positive and focused on the things that matter.
Great answer gmagana! Here's my contribution:
If you work in a startup, you probably share a vision and a dream. There is a faith element to that. You work there because you "know" that your company can make a difference, and it can change the world.
In times of chaos and frustration, that faith is what will keep you going. Keeping your "eye on the ball" at all times, learning from what went wrong, and using that experience to make the next move better. But always keep your faith in your mission and what you want to accomplish.
The first 2 years of my startup were like an endless climb to mount Everest. Hard, full of road-blocks, frustrating at times... but we always kept our eye on the summit and tried to ignore the "pain" we felt during the climb. At the end, we got to the summit, and when we got there it really felt GOOD!
Really good thread.
It's very hard to do, but taking a short break to put things in perspective works most of the time. Sometimes you just fail to see the big picture and need to take your mind off your problems. A night of sleep is often enough !
Adversities are a part and parcel of life. Hardships, anxieties et al do exist ever since mankind came into existence. (I'm sure it applies to non-human living beings too).
Pranayam (the breathing techniques) - a part of yoga - would be of immense help. Various types of pranayam and yogas help you keep your cool during even terminally adverse conditions. I have seen people who practice yoga to be always composed and taking wise decisions even during adverse situations.
Pranayam and surya namaskara have been practiced in India since ages with proven benefits. If you supplement your lifestyle with these along with adequate sleep, as advocated by gmangana and Oli, many of the percieved hardships/adversities are no longer so.