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The How-To Lounge: Letting Go of the Little Things

If you’re anything like me then you probably have a tendency to let the little, everyday stresses build up into big overwhelming worries that nag at you all the time. Learning to let go of the little things will not only save you a daily headache, but allow you the time (and energy) you need to tackle those bigger problems that life just loves to throw our way. Luckily I’ve figured out a few methods to make sure those little worries and irritations don’t overcome you. To see them


  • As soon as you’re hit with something stressful, remind yourself that worrying about it won’t make it go away. It may be impossible to put it out of your mind entirely, so focus on what you can or need to do in order to solve the problem.
  • Keep things in perspective. Don’t let your tendency to fret about something blow it out of proportion. In most cases you can say that you've dealt with and made it through worse things.
  • Give it time. The sensation of panic is an initial reaction that you can avoid simply by holding off on reacting at all. The longer you have to process something, the less daunting it will seem.
  • Relinquish your control by reminding yourself that some things are just out of your hands. It truly is impossible to control everything, so don’t waste your energy trying to.

Talking it out with a friend is always a great quick fix to get it off your mind too!


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JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
I'm working on this right now. I kinda snowball out of control and bring up totally unrelated things that have been bothering me in an argument. Working on that one.
KimBurnett KimBurnett 9 years
I am working on this problem right now, so this advice is timely and wise. Thanks! Me too emalove, as I get older I look back and want to give myself a hug for being so stressed...or just slap myself for wasting time.
emalove emalove 9 years
I've gotten better at this as I've gotten older...I used to let every little thing bother me, now I try not to sweat the small stuff.
myladybloom myladybloom 9 years
Thanks, great advice! I'll definitely keep this in mind for later.
MindayH MindayH 9 years
good tips
oliveoyle625 oliveoyle625 9 years
Thanks, very good to keep in mind.
darkangel2305 darkangel2305 9 years
Awesome advice =)
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