We suffer more often in imagination than in reality.” — Seneca
Life is full of challenges but we often suffer more from the way we view these challenges than the challenges themselves.
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The simple act of taking a step back and changing your mindset about your problems can help you lead a life of more ease and less suffering.
Here are 4 ways to change your perspective about your problems and stop stressing about the little things.
Pretend You’re Going To Die Tomorrow
Perspective is everything. And one perspective that should always be at the back of one’s mind is that of mortality. A strong sense of your own mortality creates a sense of urgency in you.
When you realise that you could die at any time, you start prioritising the things that matter. Think of all the goals you would wish you had achieved and the things you’d regret not doing if you died tomorrow. Start focusing on these things and you’ll stop worrying about the little things.
You must have heard before now that rejection makes you stronger. This is because it gives you new ways of seeing things. When you’re in your comfort zone, you focus on one goal, one individual, or one dream.
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As a result, you tend to worry at the slightest hint of things not going your way. However, when you step outside your comfort zone and start welcoming rejection, you’re forced to become more inventive about your goals and aspirations.
Remember That Caring Less Will Only Make Your Life Better
Just the simple act of realising that you shouldn’t give much thought to minor issues can make all the difference. This may be hard to master at first. But the more you force yourself to ignore trivial issues and prioritise what matters, the better you become at it. This has a significant impact on your life because it allows you to invest all your time and energy into your goals and dreams.
Take Gratitude To A Whole New Level
Practising gratitude is a simple exercise you can do in the comfort of your home. It often involves reminding yourself about all the things in your life that you’re grateful for. I suggest taking things a step further by reminding yourself about all ways it could be worse.
For instance, remind yourself that there are almost 2 billion people on earth who lack access to clean water. Seeing things from a general perspective like this can help you realise how much you’ve been sweating the small stuff in your daily life.
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