I don’t know about you folks but my life is stressful. It shouldn’t be. My kids are grown and doing well so what do I have to stress about? It doesn’t matter to go into detail about the whys of life stresses. Everyone has stresses and they affect us all in different ways. Let’s just focus on how to relieve stress.
Have you ever gone online and looked at your credit report? I have years ago when I was younger and it blew my mind all the stupid little things that were messing up my credit. Yes there were a few big mistakes but mostly it was small under a few hundred dollar bills I had blown off and didn’t pay. Keep in mind this was in my early thirties and I didn’t at the time fully understand credit reports. Anyway…
I freaked out thinking how am I going to fix this stressful mess? I initially thought if I pay off these two huge debts I will be better off because fixing big mistakes first seems like the best thing to do to quickly relieve the “stress” on my credit.
Wrong. Paying off the two big bills took a long time and only changed my credit score a few points and I was still sitting there spinning my wheels and looking at a pile of smaller bills. Two years later the big bills were paid and my credit still sucked and I felt just as stressed about that credit report as I did two years prior.
I finally paid off everything on that report. I then met someone else needing to fix a report as bad if not worse than my own. He asked for help.
This time we ignored the large bills and focused on paying off all the bills under $500. This person paid off ten bills over the course of six months and their credit score soared without paying a dime on the two huge dollar amount items on the report. Not only did the credit score go way up in a short amount of time but the persons mega stress about the credit score issue was virtually gone.
My point is, tackling giant problems isn’t always the best choice at first. Sometimes it is best to focus on the tiny problems around you and take them on one at a time. When you are stressing about all life’s problems just stop and take a look around and find the little stresses and work on those first and then work your way up to the larger ones. It gives you an immediate sense of accomplishment that motivates you on to the next slightly bigger problem.
Have a great Friday and stop and smell the flowers.
As for me I’m taking some time to go to the hippie house in the mountains and finish painting it. We started last week and it’s coming along great!