Now is not the time to sweat the Small Stuff

Now that our pace has slowed down during this virus period, our minds can begin to wander and our thoughts can quickly turn to hyper focus on the trivialities that make up our routines and affect our normal pace. I believe this period of isolation should help to put these thoughts into perspective and allow us to devote the resources of our minds to the big stuff.

Issues that were seemingly big suddenly become much more trivial when our concentrations turn to the status of the world economy or the health of a loved one during this pandemic or the lack of such a basic need as toilet paper. What was a “big” issue just isn’t so important anymore.

We can all learn from this time period – to be more receptive and put things into perspective. Putting our concerns and issues under bigger lenses and choosing to look at things from a different perspective increases our mental capacities and provides us some control. Ask yourself, “Will this matter to me next month or next year or in five years?” “Is this something within my control or should I move on instead?”

We all have the ability to control our basic mind set. Looking for a silver lining now can have a profound impact on attitudes, moods, and behaviors. In any given circumstance, asking simple questions can ease the burdens we put on ourselves.  Examples during this pandemic: “Do I really need to go out to dinner or can I just be happy that my family is together during this time around our own dinner table?” “Is it really so bad to have canceled our vacation? Look at all the money we’re saving!” A simple change in perspective changes everything.

Written by guest blogger, Tina Garner

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