In Survival Mode… Three Things You Can Lean On When You Are Barely Making It.

We have all been there at one point in our lives ( or if you are like most, MANY times…).

Survival Mode.


You know it when you are there.   You are barely hanging on by a thread, going through the motions but not really feeling much.  The feeling of fear that the flood gates may open and NEVER close…

Something has changed and you are focused on putting one foot in front of the other, again and again.

While you are busy trying to keep your head above water, here are three things to remember.

  1. Every step you take, is one step closer to your “new normal”         Survival mode is not sustainable long term.  At some point, you will establish what will become your “new normal”.  While the changes that have occurred may have been planned or unplanned, this is an opportunity.   An opportunity for new perspective, new growth and an opportunity to test your limits.   A shift in your mindset, could ultimately be the key that moves you from surviving to thriving.
  2. Set your intention, and see the light { at the end of the tunnel}.  When we get really clear, everything seems to come into view.  Every morning before your feet hit the ground, take a moment ( and it can LITERALLY be a moment), to set your intention for the day.   This morning, my intention was to move through my day with peace of mind.  Peace of mind in knowing that I am doing my best and that is enough.    It can simply be to stop and breath every time you get in the car.  YOU set your intention, whatever it is that makes sense for you right now.   Remind yourself of your intention throughout the day and moment to moment it will get a little easier.
  3. You are HUMAN.  Give yourself grace.  Give yourself space.  Allow yourself to feel the rollercoaster of emotion that comes with change and transition.  Feel the disappointment, sadness, uncertainty, overwhelm.  In the beginning, schedule it ( what?? you say).   I literally mean to put it on your calendar.   Decide how much time everyday you need.  If you are worried, schedule your “worry time”.   If you are overwhelmed, schedule time to run through all the things that feel unbearable and too much.  When your time is up, move forward and continue on… surviving.  ( Probably best not to schedule your “worry time” for right before bed…)

Know that you are not alone.   Seek support from friends, family, and a qualified Mental Health professional in your area.


From one survivor to another –


4 thoughts on “In Survival Mode… Three Things You Can Lean On When You Are Barely Making It.”

  1. Wow Deb!
    You don’t know how much I needed this right now. The past few months have been rough but this was seriously inspiring. Thank you.

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