Everyone agrees that it makes little sense to continue clutching on to things that only serve to stress us out, yet weirdly enough, a lot of us have a difficult time trying to rid ourselves of these same things. As a result, we continue to subject ourselves to the frustrations and aggravations brought by these things over time, impeding us from reaching our fullest potential and making us fuss over things of little significance.
It is therefore important to understand that in order to live life fully and become the best version of ourselves, we have to learn how to let go of things that only hamper us from growing and reaching our goals. This negates commitment and a firm resolution from your end that this time, without any compromise, you will take on the task of starting anew on a clean and clear slate.
One of the ways to effectively let go of the things that cause us stress is by diverting our attention to things of greater importance. This means keeping busy. By focusing your energy on more productive endeavors, you not only make a more worthwhile use of your time, but you also create a necessary distraction from the stuff that stress you out.
You can choose to focus on any of the things that you are passionate about. This could either be any of the following: your profession, an old hobby, a sporting activity, or a new thing that interests you. By zooming in on your tasks at work, you become better at what you do. Your improved performance at the workplace will definitely be a boost to any of your long-term career goals. Choosing to focus on a hobby you are deeply interested in will lend depth to it, helping turn something you like to do into something that you love doing.
Meanwhile, engaging in sports gives you a chance to rough it out physically and unleash your pent-up frustrations. This is an effective outlet to manage your emotions and at the same time develop your stamina and physical endurance. Keeping busy may also mean picking up a new activity and learning its rudiments. If there is something that you have always wanted to try, now is as good a time as any to do so. Enhance your skills and achieve growth. The best way to get over things that stress you out is by replacing them with things that you are very passionate about.
Traveling overseas presents a wondrous opportunity to temporarily leave behind everything you are used to and get immersed to an entirely new environment. This gives you a chance to pause, reconsider things, and possibly gain new perspectives that you can apply in your own life. By letting loose and freeing your mind from the worries and stresses of the world you left behind, you open yourself up to greater chances of renewal and maybe even of redemption.
Here are a few more reasons that make traveling overseas a great way to let go of the things that cause us stress:
- Traveling to a different country gets you out of your comfort zone. Starting from the moment your plane touches down and you walk into another country’s airport, you kind of have to figure out how things work or where you need to proceed or who you need to talk to. This becomes a little bit more challenging if you are traveling on your own. This becomes particularly apparent when you are already exploring sites within the country itself, getting yourself acquainted with a new language, a new system of codes, and an altogether unique body of norms. But this is exactly what makes traveling such a valuable learning opportunity. So try to soak in as much new knowledge and new experiences as you can, and revel in each opportunity that allows you to view life beyond what is familiar and comfortable.
- Traveling overseas may disorient you, but in a good way. The new sights, the new language, the different things you hear and feel as you go along should be enough reason for you to acquire some semblance of sensory overload. This could be disorienting and confusing in varying degrees, but one thing it is not is predictable. Such unpredictability should be a good reason to be cautious, but it is also a great excuse to get lost in the joys of what is new.
- But while you may get overwhelmed by the things that are new to you, traveling overseas also makes you affirm and appreciate the things you hold dear in life. Away from your family and friends, you begin to understand how much they mean to you. Away from the familiar comforts of your home, nothing excites you more than being able to lie down on your own bed again. In this regard, traveling is something that does not only connect you to a culture that is entirely different from yours, but it is also something that makes you more appreciative of what you have.
- Most importantly, traveling overseas lends you more than ample opportunities to recharge and get your mojo back. Nothing could be more invigorating than having time by yourself, soaking up in new experiences and getting revitalized in the process. When you travel, you get to have chances to rethink things and put everything in the right perspective. Additionally, you get to be left alone in your thoughts and in your disposition, unimpeded by people or things that only serve to demotivate you.
Our inability to let go is due in large part to our failure to recognize the need of doing away with unnecessary baggage in our lives. But this failure can be remedied by simply keeping our sights on things that provide us opportunities to recharge and direct our focus on more productive pursuits. By keeping ourselves busy and taking the time to travel overseas, we can help ourselves break free from the clutches of the past and ultimately live a better life.