Often times, it can be difficult to recognize the stressor in our life. Many times it can be more than one stressor that can take a toll and negatively impact our attitude. Until we find the root of our problem we will not solve the problem.
The 5×5 rules is a great skill to combat stress in difficult situations by putting problems into perspective.
What’s The 5x5 rule?
The 5×5 rule states that if you come across an issue take a moment to think whether or not it will matter in 5 years. If it won’t, don’t spend more than 5 minutes stressing about it.
When your problems need to be put into perspective, the 5×5 rule is a good thing to remember. The fact of the matter is, some problems do not need your full attention. It’s easy and quite honestly just human nature to devote hours to days, and even sometimes weeks to being upset about trivial matters. So, if something won’t matter in 5-years don’t bother being upset about it for more than 5 minutes.
It may seem like a silly way to cope, implementing this into those anxieties that arise throughout our day cab drastically change our day-to-day outlook. Often times we are put into situations with people that can make the day tough to get through. But when you think to yourself, ‘will the cure situation I’m in, matter it 5 years?” More times than not, the answer will be no.
So, the next time you find yourself struggling to take it east – breathe and ask yourself” will it matter in 5-years from now. If it won’t don’t let it consume your day. Then take 5 minutes stressing over it, and keep telling yourself that this will not affect or define me in 5-years.