Top 30 Things You Don’t Need to Stress About

You are not alone in feeling the stress of everyday life. Take a deep breath, you can do this! You have what it takes to overcome the obstacles that come your way.

It is time for another round of my favorite topic – 30 things you don’t need to worry about! It’s so important to live with intention and focus on what really matters. I hope these reminders put things into perspective for you as they did for me when writing them out. Read on or scroll down for more details on each point.

1. What others think of you:

             Keep your focus on yourself and who you want to become. More importantly, do not compare yourself with the lives of those around you. You are a unique individual. What’s most important is how happy and fulfilled you feel about your life direction.

2. A clean home:

             Yes, having a clean home is important, but it should not be your first priority. If you need to prioritize, make it food and sleep first. Then find things you enjoy or those that make you feel accomplished (do this for yourself and not the validation of others). The state of your home will fall into place if all the other important things are in order.   

Don’t get me wrong, if your home is really a mess and you can’t enjoy it, make fixing that situation a priority. But for many, cleaning the house should not be their primary aim or source of stress. For example:

  • Many people sleep on soiled sheets and lounge around in dirty clothes. I do not want to get graphic here, but this is not healthy for anyone’s body or spirit.
  • Many people never cook and survive on fast food and microwaveable meals. As a result of this terrible diet, they feel sluggish all the time and have no energy to do anything.

When you focus on getting food and sleep first, the tidiness of your abode will fall into place over time. It’s really that simple 🙂

  • There is no need for this to be a source of anxiety or emotional stress. Remember your priorities!

3. A successful career in one’s desired field:

             Do what you love and the money will follow. If you’re trying to make your career fit into your life, it will never work out. You need to adjust what you do with your time to accommodate for a successful, balanced career. One can still be an artist and hold down a steady job (for example). Be willing to make some sacrifices and prioritize things in your life.

  • Many people spend years of their lives studying for a career they end up hating. They thought money or prestige measured success, but neither is true. You need to chase after what makes you happy. Your job should be about more than money – this is why you need to love what you do.
  • Your career and money may never make you truly happy (in which case, why pursue it?). But your relationships with those around you will. If your closest bonds are healthy and positive, everything else falls into place.

4. Living up to the expectations of others:

             Life is what YOU make of it. Don’t worry about what others think of you or how you are living. You need to focus on being the best YOU possible and forget all the rest.

  • This is easier said than done! But until you begin thinking this way, your life will not fall into place. When you are constantly driven by other people’s opinions, you will find yourself exhausted and frustrated.
  • The only way to live life with intention is to focus on what YOU want. You know best! You are the one living your journey – no one else can do that for you. Be true to yourself and take risks.

5. Avoiding failure:

            This is a common one! Be willing to fail – it’s how you’ll succeed. Failure should not be something to fear, but embrace. It is part of the process and teaches us what to do differently in our next attempts. In this way, we can learn and grow while setting ourselves up for success.

  • Fear of failure paralyzes many people, so they don’t try anything new or different. They have a routine and never stray from it because being comfortable is the only thing they feel safe enough to experience. This kind of mindset keeps them from truly living their best lives!
  • In this way, they are not true to themselves and never pursue what they truly love. They do things that don’t energize them or lead them toward personal fulfillment.
  • If you’re making excuses for why you can’t do something, it’s time to stop the madness! Stop living behind a mask – take off the makeup so people will see the REAL you. You are free to be uncomfortable, embrace change, and experience life in a new way!

6. Illness/injury/disability:

  • When we become sick or injured it can feel like our world is falling apart. During these trying times, it’s important that we don’t lose ourselves in the process. Prioritize your recovery, but don’t forget to think about YOU!
  • Do what you can while you can. You’ll never get those days back. It’s important to take care of yourself instead of focusing on what others want for you.

7. Unexpected change in life plans:

  • Life changes – it’s inevitable! Sometimes these changes are unexpected. The key to life is being adaptable and flexible. You need to have the strength to roll with the punches, even if that means throwing out your master plan for something better down the road.

8. Being alone/loneliness:

  • Loneliness is not only an emotion; it’s something you can physically feel. If you are feeling lonely, chances are your body taking it hard on your heart and mind. Take some time to nurture yourself – the way that feels best to YOU.
  • Life isn’t meant to be lived alone! Most importantly, you are not alone in this world. You have people who love you no matter what. Reach out to them when you need someone to talk to or cheer you up.

9. Being “average”/living a mediocre life:

  • Society often tells us that being average is okay, but it’s really not okay at all. If you have always been an above average person, it can be hard to accept living a mediocre life.
  • However, being unique and different comes with its own set of obstacles that others don’t have to deal with – that’s just life! What sets you apart from other people makes you unique and special. But this also means that you have to deal with the fact that others don’t always understand or appreciate your point of view.

10. Missing out/not experiencing something new:

  • Missed opportunities are hard because they seem so trivial sometimes. But if you find yourself thinking about what could have been, it might be time to stop beating yourself up over it.
  • It’s time to start experiencing new things! Take action – live your life now instead of dwelling on the past.

11. Being rich/wealthy:

  • Wealth is not about how much money you have or what you can buy with that money; it’s about how much value you provide for the world. Yes, you need to be financially stable in order to survive, but you should never let yourself get sucked into the money game.
  • Money is not valuable on its own; it’s about what you can do with your life – both for yourself and for others – that matters most!

12. Being/looking younger:

  • Sometimes chasing youth is the wrong thing to do. There comes a point when you need to grow up and stop living in another time period. Focus on what makes YOU feel good about YOURSELF as you are now!

13. What others think of you/judging others:

  • People will always make judgments about you. You can change their minds by showing them how awesome you are, but if they’re not going to give you a chance no matter what, it’s time to let go of the small stuff.
  • It’s important to remember that other people have opinions and most likely aren’t interested in changing them. Don’t get angry or work up over what others think, because it just puts more stress on you.

14. Fitting in/being popular:

  • Being popular isn’t everything – nor is it easy to attain! You can try all you want, but there will always be people who don’t like you no matter what. Forget about trying to please everyone, and start focusing on being YOU.
  • It’s okay if people don’t like you – in fact, some people who initially dislike you will eventually come around when they get to know the real you! They might even be your best friends one day.

15. Making mistakes/failures:

  • Mistakes and failures happen to everyone. It’s how you pick yourself up and try again that matters most!

16. Health problems/illness:

  • Of course it’s a good idea to look after your health, but stressing about every tiny ache or pain will not make you a healthier person.
  • You can still lead a full and active life even if you have health problems. Remember, it’s not your body that makes you who you are – it’s how you choose to live your life despite the obstacles in front of you!

17. The future/dying young:

  • You might not be able to change the past, but you have a lot of control over what happens in the future. When you’re feeling down about what might happen, think about all the great things that are going to happen!
  • If you live your life worrying about dying young or how long you’ll live, it can really take a toll on your mental health. Sure, you don’t know how much time you have left on this earth, but if you live your life to the fullest, it can make all the difference in the world.

18. Getting a job/finding love:

  • It’s important to work hard and get a good job that makes a positive impact on the world. But at the end of the day, you have to be happy with your work, even if it’s not your dream job – because not many people get to do what they love!
  • When it comes to finding love, there are no rules for who you should date or how long it should take. If you’re not happy, you’re not doing it right.

19. Criticism/compliments:

  • It’s okay to receive criticism or compliments – but don’t let it get to your head! Instead of judging yourself based on other people’s opinions, focus on being the best YOU that YOU can be!

20. Cleaning/dusting:

  • You might not have time to clean/dust, but if you do it’s all the better! If you feel like something needs cleaning, take the time to cut out your other obligations and get busy. You’ll be glad in the long run.

21. Your phone vibrating/texts/messages:

  • It can be hard to ignore your phone when it buzzes with a text or notification. After all, you want to know what’s going on! But you also need to learn how to live in the moment and not stress about the future.

22. Your bank account/debts:

  • When money is tight, it can be difficult to sleep at night. If your bank account doesn’t seem to be adding up, don’t stress – if your debt is low enough it’s totally possible you’ll be able to pay everything off!
  • It’s important to keep track of your money and stick within your means, but don’t let it make you sick!

23. Meeting new people/parties:

  • It’s good to put yourself out there and meet new people, but don’t push yourself if you aren’t feeling up to it. You can always meet new friends another time!

24. Relatives/family members:

  • Family members are a big part of who you are, but that doesn’t mean they’re always right! You don’t need to follow every “rule” your family sets for you because there’s only one person who knows what’s best for YOUR life – and that’s YOU.
  • Remember, it’s much better to be kind than to always be right.

25. Being productive/unproductive:

  • It’s important to get stuff done, but you can’t be on your A-game all the time! Sometimes you need to relax and remember not everything has to happen NOW – it’ll still get done when it needs to be done.

26. Waiting in line/waiting for something:

  • It might be annoying to wait in line, but if you can distract yourself with your phone or a book – do it! You’ll need patience when you get to the front of the line.

27. Getting enough sleep/not getting enough sleep:

  • Sleeping is important for all kinds of reasons, but you need to get the right amount for YOU. If you’re feeling tired when you wake up, go back to sleep – it’s better than being exhausted!

28. Getting things/not getting anything:

  • You might not get everything you want in life, but if you do your best and work hard, you’ll make it far.
  • On the other hand, don’t stress about not getting things in life – it’s okay to be disappointed sometimes! But different things happen for a reason.

29. The future/the past:

  • You can’t change what happened in your past, but that doesn’t mean you aren’t working to fix it. And don’t stress about the future either – just focus on what you can do now!

30. Having everything you want/not having anything at all:

  • Life is full of ups and downs, but that’s okay! It takes two steps forward and one step back to keep moving forward. Just remember that everything will be okay, you can do this! You’ve got what it takes to make it through tough times – just stay positive and take deep breaths. Remember, this is YOUR life, nobody else’s!

Conclusion:

We all have things to worry about, but sometimes the stress of everyday life can be overwhelming. Take this list as a reminder that you are not alone in feeling stressed and anxious at times – we’ve all been there before. With these 30 reminders for what not to stress about today, hopefully, it will help put your mind at ease just enough so that you can focus on the positives in your day. Remember that if any problem feels too big or out of reach, then don’t hesitate to contact our team here.

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