First aid for when you’re stressed

Feeling stressed? Losing control? Situation getting out of hand?

Here’s how you can get instant relief. Ask yourself:

Will this matter one year from today?

99 percent of the time, it won’t. You can safely let what’s stressing you out go. It doesn’t really matter. Let go again and again and again if need be.

If this thing will matter a year from now, the first aid technique is slightly different: focus on accepting the stress. You can even thank your body for putting you on high alert. Think of it as a reminder that you should do your best.

Either way, accept what’s happening. The more you accept what’s happening before you act, the less stress you’ll feel.


— Peter

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