Have you ever gotten upset about something, only to calm down later on and realize you were a bit too upset about it at the time? You have to learn how to put things into perspective before reacting to them so that you don’t overwhelm yourself and cause unnecessary stress.
Hindsight is 20/20, they say. And it’s true. Looking back after the original surge of emotions have passed gives you ample time to look at things in a new light – with clarity.
You can probably think back to times when you raged about a situation, only to look at it now and see how trivial and unimportant it is in the grand scheme of things. What do you get overly upset about on a day to day basis?
It could be something like having to rush out of the house because others in your family are running late, getting stuck in a traffic jam, having a coworker delegate a project or portion of it to you, and so on.
While it’s true that the situation wasn’t the best it could be, it’s often something you could deal with without stress and an overreaction if you tried. A blog will give you tools to learn this skill.
Think about how you react to those everyday trivial events. You might yell, get very irritable with your loved one, roll your eyes, sigh loudly, and grumble non stop about it. But you can learn, through the process of blogging about perspective, how to let things like this roll off your back.
You want to have a calm, rational reaction to small things and save your energy for the big situations in life that call for a bigger reaction. Not only does your overreaction impact you, but it causes distress to your loved ones and those who are around you during the day.
When you blog about perspective, try doing an exercise where you first write an entry that has all of the explosive reaction you want to have. This allows you to see what your internal thoughts are.
Then, write an entry below it that removes all of the emotion from the situation. Instead of a rant about how you couldn’t find a place to sit on the subway because some jerk wouldn’t get up for you, you would simply write that you “stood on the subway.”
When you read it without your inflammatory commentary, it makes your reaction seem a bit much in some circumstances. Continue your entry with how you feel a rational response would be and upon doing this, you’ll absorb this information and be able to practice it in real time.