04/20/2012 11:42 EDT | Updated 06/20/2012 05:12 EDT

Kick Your Problems in the Butt

Feeling overwhelmed by work? Do you have problems, debts, worries and a household that is in disarray? Don't feel bad, you are not alone. Everyone finds themselves in the same place from time to time but there is a big difference in how this stress-causing scenario is dealt with.

Believe it or not, there is a simple solution. To find your way through the stressful situations in life, you must first take responsibility for your actions. Are you feeling stressed because of the challenges or by the way you are dealing with them? Your mismanagement of the issues is most likely the problem.

Take a deep relaxing breath and decide today to look at life with a positive outlook. Everything is possible. There is always a solution, especially when you are in a good place mentally, physically and spiritually. First, think about everything good in your life and be grateful for that. Then, roll up your sleeves and make the decision to do something about those energy-zapping stressors. Decide to tackle your chores with a positive attitude. When you focus with a positive approach, you will see that what is needed is a better management plan to ensure your life's journey is a little more enjoyable, with a lot less stress.

My advice to you is to always look at the big picture. Realize that life is short and you have to make the best of it. When you come face-to-face with a problem, don't stick your head in the sand like an ostrich waiting for the sandstorm to blow by. Face it and deal with it, as quickly as you can.

Challenges turn into problems, if they are left to fester. Procrastination fuels stress. By dealing with issues in a timely manner, you are effectively turning them into opportunities. With every opportunity, you are learning, growing and achieving. You will no longer be stuck in the mud. You will be moving onward and upward. Those items on the "To Do" list will disappear and you will be viewing your "Jobs Completed" list will pride and a great sense of satisfaction.

Negative sensations can enter into your life and become the unwanted guest that won't leave. Surround yourself with everything positive. Do things that make you happy. Remember to have fun and laugh a little. It's indeed good medicine and keeping things positive is a good health benefit. Follow the lead of the positive souls out there. You will find that is a great way to handle life's stressful moments.

There are a few simple things you can do to be ready to handle the stresses of life. A good place to start would be to seek out motivational messages, quotes and stories to lift your spirits. Make the commitment to develop and maintain an outlook that is positive.

Stay close to positive people and spend time with them. Their positivity will rub off on you and you will deal with issues in a more proactive way. They have managed life's challenges and are still smiling. There's a positive message in their happy demeanor and be receptive to that. Turn your life into a happy journey and enjoy each moment. With a positive attitude, those stresses of life will just be passing through and not taking up residence in your space.