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This week I want to talk about one tip I have, a mindset shift that’s helped me be happier and stop stressing about things that are really, really not worth it.
1 simple tip to reduce stress or remove it from your life for good
But before revealing that, here’s something else to think about: stress is a choice.
It’s your decision if you get upset or angry about something, no one else is forcing you to do it. How others behave is their problem, how you react to it is your choice.
And here’s my tip:
Coping with stress if you can’t change the situation
First of all, let’s take an example of something we can’t change. Weather can be a good example here, you can’t do anything about it, but there’s one thing that I know is a problem for many: the rush hour traffic!
And to repeat what I said before: you being in the car at 8 am in the morning is your choice. You being angry you’re not moving fast enough is again your choice. You know it happens every morning, what’s the point of complaining about it every day?
You have two options here:
1. Change your way of transportation – traffic will stay exactly the same, but your situation will be different. An active commute might be a great solution because you’re only relying on your legs to get you places.
2. Option number 2, in case you need to drive – leave early and use the time you spend in the car for something productive or pleasant – listen to a podcast or an audiobook, or have a conversation with your child on the way to daycare. If you’re moving as slowly as I think you will be, you can probably focus on something else except for the 10 seconds at a time when you’re driving. Safety first, but you get the idea.
If we can’t change something, we need to prepare and deal with it in the best possible way. Is a child upset when it’s raining, and there are puddles everywhere? No, they make the most of it and jump and dance, splashing water on the stressed-out adults!
How to reduce stress by fixing the problem
There are only a few things in life that are irreversible. For most problems though, there is something you can do, even if it seems impossible at first. Let’s take an extreme example. I love extreme examples because they put things into perspective.There are only a few things in life that are irreversible. But most problems have a solution, even if it seems impossible at first. Click To Tweet
Let’s say you bought a big, expensive house. And a few months or even years, you can’t keep up with mortgage payments, debt is piling up and you budget and budget but you still can’t make the numbers work for you. When buying a house, we sometimes think that what’s done is done and we have to live there forever. But it’s really not true. You can always sell the house, downsize, regain your balance and then move on from there. So again, you have the choice – you stress about it or do something about it.
So you see, stress really is a choice. You always have the option to remove yourself from a nasty situation if you can’t change it or solve the problem if you can.
That’s it for today. Let me know if you’ll reconsider how you react to what happens in your life from now on. And before sharing some of my favourite relaxation techniques in the upcoming posts, tell me in the comments some of yours! I’d love to know and maybe get some new ideas.
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