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Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff

We have all heard the advice time and time again. Don’t sweat the small stuff. It is sometimes second nature to tune it out, but try learning and living with this motto and you might be surprised by your newfound perspective. There are many components in life that are beyond our control, but thoughts can be channeled and focused into positive energy.

I think we can all agree that the life obstacles we tend to “sweat” are from a few categories: stress, relationships, and the “uncontrollables.” Let’s face it. Life is full of stress. Everything from tests and jobs to never-ending lists of demanding tasks takes a toll on the mind and body. So, how do you deal with work that creates stress? Equally as important, how do you learn to not let these pesky tasks affect your day-to-day mindset?

First, identify what it is that produces stress. Sounds simple enough, right? There is a catch! Sometimes the stress and the “uncontrollables” overlap. It is impossible to control what happens so you need to learn how to react to these situations. For example, if you get fired from your job, take the time to look into new career opportunities instead of getting down on yourself. It could possibly open up the door for exploring different opportunities or finding your life passion. Tips that can be found on the website,, state that this change of perspective is very important. The article Stress: How to Cope Better With Life’s Challenges,  says to “Look at change as a positive challenge, not as a threat.” Think about how much easier life would be if of all the challenges it gave you were viewed as conquerable obstacles rather than dead ends!

When it comes to relationships, whether it’s with your friend, boyfriend, or family, the best thing to do is to be realistic. Whether you are dealing with the expectations you have set for yourself, or the ones you have set for other people, you need to take a step back and ask yourself  a few simple questions. Are my expectations realistic? Is it realistic to try and please every single person? Is it realistic for me to think that every person in my life will be able to fulfill my expectations? The answers to these questions should be no. It is best to realize that it’s impossible to please everyone at the same time. Be the best version of yourself you can be. Treat yourself and others with kindness and respect.

The uncontrollables monopolize time and energy. These could be the life obstacles that stress you out like getting a flat tire on the way to work, or the random downpour on the way to class. Whatever you deem an uncontrollable factor in your life, there is a trick to dealing with it. Are you ready? It’s really profound. LET IT GO! Out of all of the advice you seek to help deal with stress, this is the most consistent and important tip. You need to realize that they’re called uncontrollables for a reason and you can’t change them. What you can do is remember this advice the next time they’re starting to get to you. Remember that you have the ability to focus on the positive aspects of life. It’s safe to say that stress is going to come in and out of your life a lot. Use the advice to not sweat the small stuff and stress will never be a permanent visitor!


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This entry was posted on September 13, 2011 by in Bliss, Happy Belle and tagged , , , , .
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