Why You Shouldn't Sweat The Small Stuff

Why You Shouldn't Sweat The Small Stuff

How much will this matter one week from now?

This morning, I threw on my backpack, packed my meals, grabbed my gym bag, and drank my pre-workout drink. I trekked down to the garage to start my car so that I could get in a quick workout at the gym and afterward embark on the 90-minute commute to work. I hurriedly pressed my foot to the brake and touched the "Start" button on the dashboard to find my car battery dead as a doornail. My car won't start. My roommate isn't home. My family isn't near to help. My only option was to go back upstairs and call a towing company to jump my car for me. Negative thoughts instantly began to flood my mind: I won't have time to train. I won't make it to work on time. How could this happen? This is going to completely ruin my day.

For a few minutes, I panicked and scrambled around trying to find a solution to keep my day on schedule. When you're someone with a strong Type A personality, these types of occurrences can take a big toll on your mind. But sometimes, things happen that are out of your control. I took a deep breath, a big step back, and made the conscious decision to change my attitude and mindset on the situation. Next time something goes wrong in your life, here's what you should do:

There's simply no need to sweat the small stuff. Whatever's happening, it's not the end of all ends. It's going to be okay. The world is going to keep turning, and time is going to keep ticking. Any stress or anxiety you're feeling will fade as the clock continues to turn and things pass. Your worries are temporary and the small and conspicuous burdens (even though they might feel monumental at the moment) will work themselves out.

Try to keep perspective about your situation. Is whatever that is happening going to matter five days from now? If not, don't stress about it for more than five minutes. Instead of losing your mind over the things that are going wrong, focus on the things going right. Your car doesn't start like mine? Hey, at least we have cars. You're late to work, too? At least we have jobs.

When things go wrong, it can only ruin your day if you let it. Yes, when things that are out of your control throw a major wrench in your schedule, it's a huge inconvenience. Sometimes it just straight up sucks. But if you let those small inconveniences dictate how the rest of your day or week goes, you're the only person making yourself miserable. Dig yourself out of the ditch, make the choice to put a smile on your face, and continue on with your day as best you can. Take things as they come, and find acceptance in your less-than-perfect situation.

Next time something doesn't go as planned, take a step back and clear your mind from the stress and anxiety you initially feel. Think logically and make a game plan on how you'll move forward for the rest of the day. Contact the people you need to contact, reschedule what needs rescheduling, and pick yourself up. Stay moving and stay positive. It's just a bump in the road. It might be stormy now, but it can't rain forever.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Being Sick In College Is A Real Struggle

Being sick in college is definitely not as fun as having a sick day in middle school or high school.


Something that I have had to deal with multiple times these past two semesters is being sick while in school. It can be a real pain especially depending on what type of sickness it is. I have had tonsillitis, mono, and I'm pretty sure I also had the flu.

Being at school and away from home can make being sick worse because there is nobody to take of you such as your parents. Another thing is having to make the decision to get the rest that your body needs in order to feel better or staying on top of your assignments to avoid falling behind. My parents will always tell me to get a good night's sleep so my body can feel better the next day. However, sometimes I will feel more stress if my work isn't getting done and I feel like I'm falling behind and leaving things to get done in the last minute.

Currently, I am sick now and the past few days haven't been easy, but I still attended all my classes so I wouldn't miss any material or assignments that were given. I usually end up feeling the worst at night when trying to fall asleep, and by that time the doctors are not present at the student health center. Even though my health is important I usually don't like taking too much time out of my day to go to the health center to see a doctor. Some days I don't really have much free time before the evening.

I don't believe I have been over-exerting myself, but I don't want to just stay in my bed all day and sleep, even though that may be what is best for me. Most professors will be understanding if I email them and provide them a doctor's note as well, but I also just got back from a conference where I had to miss two days of classes next week.

I have been trying to keep hydrated so that way my body can fight the sickness. Also, I have been told if you stay hydrated you can flush the virus out of your body quicker.

Eating can also be a pain when you have a sore throat, for the past couple of days I have tried to have some soup in order to help. Most meals I would have to force myself to eat something of substance in order to give my body some type of energy in order to get through the day. It's also never fun not being able to breathe out of your nostrils. If it wasn't my nose being stuffed, then it would be constantly runny so there was no winning that battle.

Looking back, I probably should have done a bit more work over spring break in order to get ahead in the case that something like this would happen. I wanted my break to be exactly that, a break. After not being home for a few months I just wanted some time off to relax.

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