You’ve probably heard these wise words from none other than Dr. Phil before: “Life is a marathon, not a sprint.”
While you may think it sounds cheesy, it couldn’t be more true. We are always telling each other to live in the moment and be spontaneous. Applying that to life can certainly lead to a lot of wonderful, unexpected moments But at the same time, living that way all the time can lead to an unnecessary sense of urgency. And ultimately, that mean lots of stress.
We might not realize or want to admit it but a lot of the stress we feel is created by ourselves. We live so much in the now that when problems or issues arise, we feel the constant need to attend to them immediately. Meanwhile, things or people that actually need attention get pushed aside. That doesn’t bode well for efficiency, productivity, and overall happiness.
Learning to stop stressing so much certainly isn’t easy and just trying to do it can make us more stressed out. Here are a few easy and actionable steps to take to get you started:
Don’t Act Immediately.
When something is thrown your way, it’s best not to act immediately because you can easily overact. Your emotions might be high and maybe even your feelings a little hurt. It’s tempting to fire off some angry, urgent emails or call everyone in your phone book. But first, even if it’s only a few minutes, take some time to digest the situation. It will help you gain a little bit of perspective.
Think About The Bigger Picture.
When you’re feeling stressed, think about the bigger picture. Will it affect your end goal that significantly? Probably not. We have the tendency to blow things out of proportion. In reality, it’s only a very tiny part of the bigger picture. But if so, you can take your time to think it through. Don’t sweat the small stuff because in the end, it won’t matter.
Take Your Time.
Always, always, always remember to take your time. Think things out rationally and realistically. Once you do, everything you were worrying about will feel much more settled. Instead of wasting time stressing, spend that time creating an actionable gameplan.
After all, life is a marathon so stop sprinting.