We know that it鈥檚 possible to make lemonade when life hands you lemons, but taking action before you鈥檙e thrown a curveball can make dealing with tough stuff much easier when it actually happens. We talked with a number of women about how they intentionally prepare for the unforeseen and unexpected, like dealing with disappointment, struggling in business, or grieving a breakup. They gave us some solid tips anyone can try to ensure a happier and healthier outcome, no matter what you鈥檙e going through.

Put In the Prep Work

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Rachel Parcell 鈥 the designer behind Rachel Parcell, Inc. and founder of Pink Peonies 鈥 believes in putting in the prep work. 鈥淚n my personal experience, life rarely goes as planned. We鈥檒l all experience disappointment to some degree, but if we mentally, emotionally, and physically prepare ourselves, we will be far better off.鈥

For Ali Grant, the founder of Be Social, it鈥檚 all about research when preparing for the unexpected on the job. 鈥淲orking in the social and digital space, things can change in a moment,鈥 she affirms. 鈥TechCrunch and Mashable are two of my favorite sources for keeping up to date with new and upcoming digital trends. I also spend a good amount of time tuning into and analyzing the content that other brands, leaders, and visionaries are releasing on social media and online. Not only does this help me gauge what is current and popular, but it allows me to better predict what鈥檚 to come, ultimately keeping ahead of rising social trends, curves, and the unexpected.鈥

Pop artist and entrepreneur Ashley Longshore agrees. 鈥淭he only way to be prepared for the unexpected is to do your homework by engaging all of your senses on a daily basis. Like a scared deer in a field trying to eat some grass, you have to be ready for a bear to run up! Do your homework, and be grateful, enthusiastic, and ready to fight for it.鈥

Use Self-Care as a Preventive Superpower

Part of that prep work is making sure you鈥檙e in your best form; that way, you鈥檒l have the energy to tackle whatever gets thrown your way. 鈥淲hether your self-care is going for a run on the beach, meditating, or indulging in a glass of wine and pasta after a long day if you really need it, then so be it; we all need that balance to stay healthy,鈥 encourages Allison Taylor from Le Prunier. Keeping up with self-care basics 鈥 sleep, diet, exercise 鈥 to revitalize your energy is a solid place to start.

Lane Petrauskas, the founder of Skorch, says that 鈥渟ecuring her oxygen mask鈥 is vital to feeling equipped for the unexpected. 鈥淚 travel a lot, so I can鈥檛 help but use a flying metaphor,鈥 she quips. 鈥淭hat鈥檚 how I approach life. I take the time every morning to center myself. I do this in various ways 鈥 meditating, working out, listening to inspirational speakers on YouTube, sitting down to enjoy breakfast. I give myself the gift of time, even if it鈥檚 just 15 minutes. Then, throughout the day, I鈥檓 coming from a more calm, collected, clear place. My oxygen mask is on.鈥

Manage Your Expectations

鈥淚 try to go in neutral 鈥 that way I can鈥檛 ever be too disappointed,鈥 admits Bianca Cheah, a wellness and beauty expert and the founder of Sporteluxe. Iva Pawling, the co-founder of Richer Poorer, backs up Cheah鈥檚 sentiment: 鈥淚 learned early on that managing my expectations is the key to not losing my mind. When I stopped being surprised by the unexpected 鈥 learned to simply accept it as par for the course and to jump into problem-solving mode as soon as possible 鈥 things got much easier.鈥

Expecting the unexpected, however, might work too. Joi Ruud from Amala Beauty tells us that remembering life is full of surprises is key. 鈥淩eminding myself of this is a must to stay on the top of my game.鈥

Welcome Challenges (and Embrace Flexibility)

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Emily Jackson 鈥 marathoner, mom, and the force behind Ivory Lane 鈥 leads with a popular quote. 鈥淟ife is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to what happens to you,鈥 she reminds us. 鈥淭hings will happen, and sometimes there鈥檚 nothing we can do to prevent them. Still, I try to mentally prepare and constantly connect in the event that uncertainty strikes.鈥 Even more, Jackson tries to welcome the challenges that come her way instead of feeling afraid: 鈥淭ry a mindset that says, 鈥楴o matter what, I鈥檒l figure out a way to overcome it.鈥欌

Sarah Baucom encourages her team at Girl Tribe Pop Up to become problem solvers and embrace flexibility. 鈥淲e stay prepared but know that plans inevitably change,鈥 she tells us. 鈥淜nowing how to deal is an essential part of life and business.鈥 Having a sense of humor can help too. Interior designer Cortney Novogratz says that keeping her cool and being able to joke have been key to overcoming unforeseen tough moments and obstacles. 鈥淚 love the quote by H.G. Wells, 鈥楾he crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow.鈥欌 We do too!

Build and Cultivate Your Support Village

It might feel like you have to save the world solo or that things are crumbling down all around you, but it鈥檚 helpful to remember that you don鈥檛 actually have to go it alone. In fact, having a trusted support system can help you handle everything from scheduling mishaps to major turbulence. Ruud says that cultivating her village daily is a key way she stays ready to handle the unexpected. 鈥淚 have a circle of people who can help me out, such as my nanny, parents, coworkers, and neighbors,鈥 she explains. 鈥淭his gives me peace of mind when life throws a curveball. I鈥檝e also had to learn that there鈥檚 a lot of strength in asking for help; it鈥檚 not a weakness like I once thought.鈥

STATE Bags co-founder Jacqueline Tatelman agrees that knowing you have a go-to support network can be a game changer. 鈥淎sking for help and aligning myself with the right team or advisors makes dealing with the unexpected easier,鈥 she says. 鈥淚 also have the support of an incredible executive coach who has helped me through some of the worst situations. He opens my mind in a way that I could never do on my own and allows me to problem-solve, compartmentalize, and execute on the solution.鈥 Whether it鈥檚 a mentor, coach, teacher, or circle of friends, learn to feel confident and comfortable when relying on your support system.

How do you prepare for life鈥檚 unexpected challenges? Share your secrets with us on Twitter @BritandCo!

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