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  • Writer's pictureMichael A Cassar

Avoid making mountains out of molehills.

When we're stressed or overwhelmed, our brains can interpret small issues as significant problems, causing us to lose perspective and blow things out of proportion. This can lead to unnecessary worry, anxiety, and even panic.

To avoid making mountains out of molehills, it's important to practice self-awareness and recognize when we're feeling stressed or anxious. We can then take steps to calm ourselves down and regain perspective.

Some techniques that can help include:

  1. Take a break: Sometimes, the best thing we can do is step away from the situation for a while. Take a walk, do some deep breathing exercises, or engage in a relaxing activity to help clear your mind and reduce stress.

  2. Challenge your thoughts: When you find yourself catastrophizing or blowing things out of proportion, challenge those thoughts. Ask yourself if the situation is really as bad as you're making it out to be, and try to focus on the facts rather than your emotions.

  3. Practice gratitude: Focusing on what you're grateful for can help shift your mindset from one of stress and anxiety to one of positivity and appreciation.

  4. Seek support: Talk to a trusted friend or family member about your concerns, or consider speaking with a mental health professional if you're struggling to manage your stress and anxiety.

By practicing these techniques, you can avoid making mountains out of molehills and maintain a more balanced and healthy perspective, even when things feel overwhelming.

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