What challenges are you facing? You forgot your paperwork? You can’t find a parking space? DANG! You’ve run out of milk?
A friend of mine and I have a wonderful agreement. When one of us starts to complain about issues like those we refer to them as First World Problems.
Neither of us, and no one we know, is walking an hour to get clean water. We aren’t worried where our next meal is coming from or where we can find health care…and if you are reading this you aren’t concerned about those issues either.
It isn’t that our challenges aren’t, well, challenging. But, sometimes it is difficult look beyond our immediate stresses, isn’t it?
Try this: Jot down three things you appreciate. They could relate to family, health, home, work, spirit. Focus on those for a few minutes.
A University of Miami study showed that listing a few appreciations at the end of each day helps lower stress—including blood pressure—and gives us a more positive outlook.
Try it right now.