No. You don’t think of positive things. You can’t, ’cause you’re too blinded by realities to escape to your happy place right away. Problems won’t go away just because you ignored them. Worries sneak into the tiniest recesses of your mind and emotion the moment you let your guard down.
So what do I do? I’m no expert, gosh no, but I realized that solitude helps. When you find yourself overwhelmed by your day’s unfortunate events, find a quiet place to sit down, relax and try to organize your thoughts.
The most annoying thing about stress is that your mind keeps on focusing on so many things at the same time; switching worries after worries in an unbelievably fast rate. Work. Bills. Where’s Dad. I’m tired. Someone is sick. Pay day. Mom’s hug. Not enough sleep. Work. Bills. Office politics. That annoying face. Deadlines. Gah! Then you realize you have to do it all over again tomorrow. iDie.
I say, let the flow of those thoughts run its course. Take one worry at the forefront of your mind one by one. Ask yourself if you can do something about it TODAY. Ditch it if there’s none. I bet your day’s worries will be halved by the time you get to the last. Most times, we worry about things just because it didn’t go the way we want it to. And since life is full of unexpected things, we are always blown away by circumstances that are out of our control. We forget that instead of brooding, we can start changing it or at the very least, change the way we think about it.
Some problems need planning, so go ahead and make plans. Taking action isn’t always kinetic. 😛 Let the solution take shape inside your head first. You may be unable to get things rolling today, but I’m sure by now you have formed a timeline. Isn’t that great?
Now, I know you’re exhausted. So, this is the time to run yourself a bath, put on some music or get lost in a good book. I’m sure you’ll sleep better tonight. 🙂