Breathe — and Try not to Be a Melodramatic Spaz
The sun is going to explode…
In about 4–5 billion years. That’s why we’re not in mass pandemonium. To stress about this inevitable event would be pointless right now — we’re not in any immediate danger.
So why do we stress about so much; Every. Single. Day? We stress like the world will end if we don’t find a solution immediately. We stress like there aren’t any solutions. We stress like there’s a bomb in the room and we only have four minutes in order to defuse it. We stress like we live in a dystopian society where an airborne virus has broken out and three-fourths of the human population has turned into flesh-eating zombies and now we must all fight for our lives against monsters while also rationing the limited resources we have.
You get the point.
In our society, stressing has become our definition of living. I can’t remember the last time I woke up in the morning and didn’t have a ball of anxiety the size of a watermelon in the pit of my stomach. I can’t remember the last time I lived in the moment, instead of worrying about deadlines, money, how to achieve my goals, or how to be more productive. It seems like my body is in the here and now, while my mind is stuck in the future, obsessing over all of the things I need to accomplish in such a short amount of time.
I know y’all know exactly what I’m talking about.
And it fucking sucks.
Nobody likes to be stressed, to feel like we have so much to do in so little time; but the majority of us can’t stop. It’s what we’ve misconstrued as focus. If we’re not constantly worried about all we have to work on, then we’re not working at all. If we’re not thinking about our dreams, aspirations, goals, responsibilities, etc. then we’ll lose sight of them and never reach success.
Stress is the opposite of productivity. It weighs us down. It’s a disease that poisons our minds and bodies into a never-ending cycle of anxiety and feelings of failure.
The more we stress, the more we feel like we’re running out of time; the more we feel like we’re running out of time, the more we feel like we’re stagnant; and the more we feel like we’re stagnant, the more we feel like failures.
We are not failures. We, as human beings, fail. But that does not mean we are failure ourselves. We all have the potential to succeed and by burning ourselves out with stress, worry, and self-loathing, we quell that potential.
There is a solution to every problem.
We just have to find it — and you’re better able to do that by taking a deep breath and analyzing the situation, not stressing about it. Even though it doesn’t seem like it, we have more than five minutes to fix our problems; and taking time for ourselves won’t kill our chances of reaching our goals.
I’m not saying to be lazy and unproductive, I’m saying not to be a melodramatic spaz. Breathe. Take a walk. Write in a journal. It’s okay to not worry every single second of every single day. We all want to reach our goals, but don’t get caught up in devoting all of your energy to mindless stress and worry. We reach our goals by dedication and thoughtful actions. A level-headed person is a successful one.
And most importantly, don’t forget to live. There’s a whole world out there for you to appreciate and enjoy. Keep your mind right here in this moment, because stressing about the future makes you miss out on the beauty of the here and now.