When it comes to stress, it’s all small stuff.

When it comes to stress, it’s all small stuff.

Stress, a normal part of all of our lives….but does it have to be? If we can all learn to take a deep breath, and focus on what matters, perhaps we’d make more time for truly productive activities.

You just yelled at a crazy driver on the road.
You spilled coffee on your shirt.
And now you realize you’re going to arrive late for work AND with a stained blouse.

It’s the little things that make you feel like your whole day is ruined.
But let’s remember… you made it to work safely, right?

Richard Carlson, author of Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff, says that stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of mental illness.

We all experience some form of stress, but how do we handle it? That’s what is key. Here are some tips from Richard:

  • Remember that your life isn’t an emergency.
    Your life is a wonderful experience. Let’s relax and enjoy it, yeah?
    Stop treating your days like you’re driving an ambulance and rushing from place to place.


  • Give others a break, especially when they don’t deserve it.
    Sometimes it seems people make your life harder on purpose, but take a step back and put yourself in their shoes.
    Instead of getting angry, take a deep breath and smile. You never know what the other person may be going through.
    The best way to treat yourself well is to treat others well.


  • Don’t procrastinate on relaxing.
    Instead of only relaxing on the weekends or holidays, take a break when you actually need it.
    Yes, you can relax even when your life gets busy. It’s not something you have to wait for to keep your sanity.

Don’t stress out that your spouse drank the last SkinnyStix (ok, maybe you can a little). But rather, just remember you can always order more!