Tricking Yourself Into Believing You’re Stress-Free
Got Stress? Who doesn’t?
Now is the perfect opportunity for me to uncover a theory that keeps me as relaxed as an insanely stressed out person can be: Stop thinking about the next second, minute, hour, day, week month, or year, because 99% of the time, in the moment, you’re perfectly fine, and you will continue to be that way, 99% of the time.
Have you got a long to-do-list for the day? Stop worrying about the second, third, and last thing on the list. Focus on the first task at hand, and think of each one as a separate agenda. Washing the dishes is not such difficult chore, but it can seem like the world is ending if you’re also thinking about the many other tasks to complete before you’ve got to catch a flight at the end of the day.
Have a huge paper due tomorrow? Then you need to start writing. But don’t stress yet, because you’ve got plenty of time before it’s due. You are just fine as you’re outlining, you’re just fine as you’re writing it (it’s just an admirably-structured series of words after all), and you will continue to be fine when you turn it in. So incredibly worked up about the paper that you can’t bring yourself to write it at all? Don’t even think about stressing yet; You’ve got nothing to worry about until the grade comes out, (and that’s where the 1% comes in)…
Ultimately, the 99% motto works in nearly every situation . It may take some time for your brain to adjust to this mentality, but if you constantly remind yourself of this, you will not only think about it, but you will soon believe it. I can think of more 99% instances than 1% instances, and for that reason, I’m able to evade stress and most of its symptoms. You may be tired, you may be unmotivated, but at least you don’t have to deal with anxiety and headaches. That’s a step in the right direction.
In other news, I have to make one big push through the next four days. Then, it will be spring break. Life will be great. I can’t wait. The excitement is building, and the motivation to do work is crumbling. Can I make it? I can only hope. ❤