Live Your Life: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

We all have the days when the world seems to be in a huge alliance against us.

We fail the test, lose the guy/girl to someone else, rip our brand new T-shirt and trip down the stairs. It happens. But life does go on.

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The fact is, a lot of what happens to you today and tomorrow is just not going to matter in a year.

Granted, I’m not saying there aren’t consequences to your actions—there certainly are—but there are certain things that you don’t need to trouble yourself with.

This is your wake-up call. It’s time to stop sweating the small stuff! This is probably one of the hardest concepts to master in life, so it will help to start trying this out now rather than 20 years down the road.

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Here are some common worries in collegiate life, most of which you can cut out:

The big test

Ah, yes. I’ve encountered this numerous times. That big, scary midterm has been looming over you for weeks, and it’s suddenly staring you right in the face.

Plan the appropriate amount of time to study and to seek out help, and you should be fine. Your professor is a lot more likely to help you if you ask about the midterm a week in advance instead of responding to that frantic email at 2 a.m. the day of the exam.

You are only human; there is only so much you can study. As long as you have allocated adequate studying time, you need to remind yourself that you have tried your very best and are ready to conquer this test. There’s no point in worrying about the inevitable.

A b*tchy friend

Drama is bound to happen. You will get in spats with friends, and you will do things to make them upset from time to time.

College is a time of learning; not just academically, but also socially, and you will encounter hard times with friends. It’s part of life.

However, if there is a friend in particular that is causing you a lot of stress, it might be time to back off. If your friendship brings more negative energy into your life than positive energy, it may be time to eliminate this additional stress from your life.

Getting denied

We all face denial in different forms every single day of our lives. Whether it’s getting dumped by that boy or girl you’ve liked all semester or not getting your dream internship, it happens and will happen for the rest of your life.

Nobody is perfect, and you are not always going to get everything you want. That’s what makes the successes sweeter.

The first step is to accept the reality and to acknowledge what you could have done better. Next step? Move on! As hard as this sounds, you’re just wasting your time dwelling on what could have been. You have much better things to do with your time.

FML moments

OK, falling down the stairs in the student union is pretty embarrassing. So is tripping and face planting on the treadmill.

Yes, you will get laughed at. Yes, you will get stared at. However, there is no point to keep beating yourself up about it.

Get back up, shake it off and move on with your day. It happens to the best off us, and the sooner you forget it, the better.

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