8 Practical Common Sense Tips To Stop Living Life As If It Were A Constant Emergency

Do you always feel a little on edge?

Like you could snap at any moment?

Do you live life as if it were a constant emergency?

Are you constantly running from one thing to another at a frantic pace?


I know I’m certainly guilty of this most days. I seem to have this false sense that if I were to let up on the accelerator that somehow I would become lazy and apathetic and stop reaching my goals. Can you relate?

But you know what…

Actually the opposite is true. All this fearful, frantic thinking takes an enormous amount of energy and drains the creativity and motivation from our lives.


So what can you do about it?


Dr Randy Carlson in his book Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff…and It’s All Small Stuff offers some of the most practical advice I have ever heard. Carlson studied the psychology of happiness for his PHD and found that it is normal to have bad feelings and suggests instead of trying to get rid of them – that we simply put them into perspective


Here are 8 Practical Common Sense Tips That Most People Miss.


1. Becoming an early riser: Getting a head start on the day to read, pray or think about the day in peace and solitude can make a big difference for many.

2. Stop interrupting other’s or finishing their sentences: This is one of those surprising easy was to become a more relaxed, loving person – give it try.

3. Learn to live in the moment: John Lennon once said, “Life is what happens when we are busy making other plans.” According to Carlson, fear being associated mostly with an imaginary future – tends to disappear when you live in the present moment. It’s amazing how tomorrow’s troubles tend to sort themselves out.

4. Image Yourself at Your Own Funeral: This is the ultimate priorities life check. Would you pleased looking back on your life by how much of it you spend worried, stressed out and uptight with all the “small stuff?” Try asking yourself questions such as:

  • What sort of person was I?
  • Did I do the things I loved
  • Did I really love and cherish those close to me every day?

5. Imagine The People In Your Life As Tiny Infants or as 100 years old: This almost always provides perspective and compassion – and is downright funny.

6. Allow Yourself To Be Bored: Don’t be afraid of the vacant moment. You are a human being, not a human doing, so just relax. You’ll be surprised at how it clears your mind.

7. Be open to “What is”: Ok so get over the fact that the world is not how you would like it to be. Instead of getting over emotional every time someone disapproves of you or when you feel like you have failed in some way – just accept the fact that this is life. Soon you will be able to free yourself of things that once held you down for so long.

8. Ask yourself will this matter a year from now. My personal favorite. You might find yourself actually laughing at things you used to worry about. Seriously, just zoom out and try to see the big picture.


To Wrap It Up


Put your little struggles into perspective; by doing this you can gain more enjoyment of other people and in life overall.

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