One thing I’ve realized is that each and every one of us has problems.
Personally, I’ve had millions of problems, which I don’t regret having because they made me realize who I really am. Besides this, they enabled me to realize these 5 approaches that will help you effectively deal with your problems.
Here are they:
- Don’t Think About Your Problems All The Time
The more you think about your problems, the bigger they will appear in your mind, and you will eventually believe that you can’t solve them. Furthermore, continuously thinking about your problems will lead to chronic stress and anxiety which might result in you succumbing to depression.
- Realize The Problem is Small Compared to What’s Inside You
Realize that the power which created the universe exists in you, and know that no problem is bigger than this power. Remind yourself that you are a powerful being, and you have the power to overcome any type of problem you face.
- Remember How You Overcame Your Previous Problems
It recently dawned on me that whenever I have a problem, and I start thinking about how I overcame a past problem that really stressed me out, I immediately attain a peaceful state of mind because I realize that I will also overcome my present problem.
Therefore, when faced with a problem, just think about how you solved a certain big problem that you once faced, and you will feel relaxed. The more relaxed you feel, the easier it will be to solve your problem because you will deal with it with a clear mind.
- Don’t Overlook Your Problems
Some people ignore their problems because avoidance is less stressful. Little do they know that the more you ignore your problem, the bigger it grows.
An ignored problem often evolves into a bigger problem. There is an African proverb which says, ‘If You Don’t Fix the Crack on Your Wall, You will End Up Building an Entire Wall.’
That being said, you must try to deal with all your problems regardless of how big or small they appear, because if you ignore a problem you will have to live with a bigger problem and the guilt of never attempting to solve your problem.
- Ask for Help
Our egos often prevent us from asking for help when facing a problem because we think that we will appear weak. However, sometimes we might face problems which we can’t solve alone.
In these situations, we must ask for help because some people can provide simple solutions to our problems. Furthermore, asking for help will reduce the mental stress caused by problems.
Therefore, avoid thinking about your problems all the time, and realize that you are bigger than them.
Moreover, never ignore your problems, but try dealing with them because you will surely overcome them. Besides this, when faced with a problem, remember how you solved your past problems, and you will realize how possible it is to overcome your current problems.
Lastly, always ask for help, when you face problems that you can’t solve alone.
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Modern Society: Its Obsession with the Future & the Problems with This Obsession
Recently, while thinking about life, I discovered the greatest error of modern society: our obsession with the future.
We are trained to focus on the future from a young age. When we start school, it trains us to focus on passing our exams so that we have a great future. And when we grow up, our friends and relatives urge us to focus on getting a good job that will ensure a successful future. After getting the job, our colleagues tell us that life will only get better when we get promoted.
For this reason, almost everyone is future-obsessed. We wake up thinking about the future, spend the day thinking about the future, and sleep thinking about it. Everything we do is concerned with the future, and we are seldom in the present moment. We are so obsessed with the future that we sometimes succumb to depression because we can’t predict whether our future will be bright.
It’s time we stop obsessing about the future because this obsession has several disadvantages. For instance, it has blinded us from seeing what’s happening to our world. Most of us are unaware that greed is causing the extinction of our forests, water sources, and animals because we are busy planning for the future. We are unaware that there’s no future without the natural environment.
Furthermore, over-focusing on the future has prevented us from seeing the beauty of the present moment. We can’t take a break and take a walk in nature, or watch the beautiful sky at night and other amazing views that surround us because we are busy thinking about the future.
Moreover, we can’t find time to think about our relationship with Infinite Intelligence/God, and we seldom allocate time for prayer and meditation because such activities will waste our time. The time we need to obsess about the future.
As well, most of us can’t connect with the radiant light of Infinite Intelligence because our minds are always in the future. Infinite intelligence exists in the present moment, and therefore, obsessing about the future cuts our connection to it.
Instead of over-focusing on the future, we must strive to focus on the present moment because of its immense benefits. The present moment connects us to a powerful and unlimited intelligence and increases our chances of having peak experiences. Besides this, focusing on the present moment enables us to notice what’s happening around us.
Lastly, this focus ensures that we align our actions, decisions, and thoughts with the type of future we want, and it also opens our eyes to the infinite opportunities around us that we seldom notice because we are busy thinking about the future.
PEACE BE WITH YOU.
N/B – Some readers might think this article wants them to avoid thinking about the future completely. However, this article supports thinking and planning for the future. It only discourages overthinking or obsessing about it. Its main message is, ‘you are free to plan and think about the future but don’t obsess about it.’
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The Most Effective Gratitude Formula
I embraced gratitude after reading that gratitude is beneficial for one’s mental and spiritual health. However, I never experienced the benefits of gratitude even after practicing it for a while.
It then dawned on me that I used the wrong gratitude formula after reading Joe Vitale’s book, The Secret Prayer. In the book, Joe Vitale provides an amazing gratitude formula that enabled me to experience all the benefits of gratitude.
According to Joe Vitale, we must practice gratitude by being thankful for all the small things in our lives. He thus provided the following example of a gratitude prayer for a small pottery bowl:
‘Thank you, bowl, for being in my life and for being present in this corner of my desk to brighten and beautify this corner of my life. I am so deeply appreciative of your rich red, which reminds me of manifestation and the root chakra. I appreciate your red color, beautiful little pottery bowl. Thank you for reminding me how connected to the earth we are as I think about the clay, which the potter utilized to mold and shape you, beautiful pottery bowl (Joe Vitale, The Secret Prayer).’
This gratitude prayer reminded me about the many small things that I took for granted even though they helped me in my daily life. For this reason, I created gratitude prayers for my laptop, spoon, chair, table, cup, shoes, bed, mattress, and every small thing I had.
For instance, I thanked my laptop for enabling me to conduct internet research and post articles. Primarily, I thanked it for enabling me to make money from home. Besides this, I thanked my mattress for enabling me to sleep comfortably, and for reminding me that some people sleep on a cold floor.
The gratitude prayers for my laptop, mattress and all other small things made me realize that I always take my blessings for granted. I realized how foolish I was not to notice that I am blessed with the little things I need to live a comfortable life.
You must also try this gratitude formula and you’ll be amazed by how it will make you a positive and happy person. Create a gratitude prayer for everything that makes you happy or comfortable. By doing this, you’ll realize that you are always blessed even in hard times because you never lack the small but important things. You seldom lack food to eat, clothes to wear, a bed to sleep, a phone to communicate with your loved ones, and many other things.
Peace be with you.
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