Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
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We have all heard that we shouldnít sweat the small stuff. Letting oneself get stressed out over the little things in life is one of the biggest ways to bring unnecessary grief into a life path. We can avoid a lot of negative feelings, and even health problems, simply by learning not to let the little things get to us.
Focus on the Big Picture
When something small happens that makes you want to rage, compare the moment’s significance to everything else going on in your own life, and in the world around you. You may have spilled your cake batter on the floor an hour before your guests are due to arrive. Are your friends still going to love you and enjoy the evening even if you donít have a freshly baked cake for them? If so, maybe you should put your energy somewhere other than berating yourself for this small mistake.
Remember That We All Make Mistakes
When something small threatens to destroy your attitude and positive outlook, think about the fact that everyone makes mistakes. Whether it is yourself or someone else who caused the situation that feels like a train wreck, keep in mind that mistakes are a normal part of life that happens to everyone. Don’t let one bad moment take you by surprise.
It can be hard to forgive someone else when it feels like they have brought you extra work and stress. When someone rear-ends your vehicle, you may be tempted to lash out at them verbally. However, stop and think about how it may feel to be in their situation. Donít acts and feels as though you have never made a mistake, but choose empathy.
Forgiving others can be a simple matter in comparison to forgiving ourselves. There are many moments when we treat ourselves worse than we would ever allow a friend to treat us.
When you are having a difficult time forgiving yourself, think of how you would handle a similar mistake made by a good friend. Stop and think before bullying yourself, and consider seeking professional help if you canít stop a cascade of negative thoughts every time you fall short of perfection.
Ask Yourself If It Will Matter in Ten Years
We all have problems, and generally, at the time, any problem seems big. Perception is not always the truth, though, and it is up to us to put our situation into perspective so that we can properly deal with whatever comes our way. When something negative happens in your life, ask yourself if it will matter in ten years. If it wonít, let it go. If someone gives you the middle finger in traffic, you may be tempted to lose your cool, but it is simply not worth it. Save your emotions for things that are life-changing and deserve your full attention.
When something goes wrong, you have two choices. You can slip into a rage, or let it go. Making the choice not to sweat the small stuff will bring you life-changing happiness, and you will be thankful for your own shift in perspective.
This is so important and one that I’m working on daily. Your tips are great and even helped me forgive my husband for his little snap at me this morning. Thanks for your thoughts!
I’m glad i could help and that you found it helpful! Than you for stopping by, happy Sunday.
Most of us tend to focus on the small stuff while we should always keep the big picture in mind.Thanks for sharing.
Thank you for stopping by, this is so true. It’s so much easier to focus on the small stuff because it seems like it’s always there.
This is a great reminder! I like the tip about if it will matter in 10 years.
The 10 year tip is my favorite, it helps me a lot, Haha
Love this! Needed this today!
I’m glad it could help! I hope you have a good day today too!
These are lovely reminders and practical tips about how to work through the things that weigh on us or annoy/frustrate us. I think learning to let certain things go is difficult and has to be worked at throughout our lives. This was just what I needed to read!