Why Living One Day At A Time Lowers Stress

By Judi Light Hopson, Emma H. Hopson and Ted Hagen
Tribune News Service

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) The idea of living one day at a time is all about tuning out static. None of us can focus well or function at our best, if we’re constantly worrying.

Tribune News Service

Do you feel depressed thinking about your major and minor problems?

Maybe you have ten or more stressful situations all demanding attention now.

While you can’t usually resolve a lot of problems in one day, you can focus on living one day at a time to preserve your sanity.

Here’s how it works:

-Stop focusing on what went wrong yesterday. Thinking about a quarrel you had with someone last week will use up your strength. Instead, look for solutions that cool tension right now.

-Don’t worry about how to deal with tomorrow. Instead, make reasonable decisions you can implement today that will prepare you for tomorrow. For instance, if you allow your mind to rest for half an hour and then work on writing a document for a couple of hours, that’s all you can do. Staying up half the night working on your computer only increases stress.

-Keep track of your decisions each day. This will steer your life in the right direction. Remember: your life is largely defined by all the decisions you’ve ever made.

The idea of living one day at a time is all about tuning out static. None of us can focus well or function at our best, if we’re constantly worrying.

“I had a sick spouse and a sick child in two different hospitals,” says a friend of ours we’ll call Joann. “I’m a sixth grade teacher myself, and I had two other children at home during this time.”

Joann says that she didn’t have the luxury to worry. “I had to focus on my husband’s issues and work with my parents to look after my sick child.”

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