Stress can be terribly damaging. Although it's normal to get stressed every so often, much of what we worry about doesn't come to pass. This illustration could help keep things in perspective.
"Don't worry, be happy" and "Keep calm and carry on" might seem trite, but actually following this advice isn't easy. Lift Run Bang reminds us that we can make a conscious choice not to create more stressful situations or let things irritate us:
In the end, we all end up in the same place. How we choose to live our life is for the most part, entirely up to us. No, we can't choose our parents, and we don't often get to control certain environments. And life often presents us with situations that we didn't ask for, or were entirely out of our hands. However, we do get to decide how we are going to react to those situations, and how much we decide we are going to let it effect us, and stress us.
Life is indeed a bitch sometimes. There's no getting around that. We do get to decide however, the extent we are going to bitch about it, and act like a bitch about it. That's entirely up to us. Or we can say getting flipped off by a dude in a minivan really isn't a big deal in the grand scheme in life, and simple be on our way.
Of course, we will face real problems and serious issues that we should be concerned about and that will worry us. But for 90 per cent of the other non-issues we worry about, consult the flowchart above.
Stress Control [Lift Run Bang]