Ever had your child coming home from school with that, online “Worst day of my life!” thing happening? You know those days when they really do feel that the world is coming down on them?
I once received this fantastic advice/strategy from our school counsellor, discount which has helped me teach my students and my own children about putting their problems into perspective. I have even used it on myself a number of times too.
Step 1: Rate your mood on a scale of 1-10 (with one being the most awful)
Step 2: Decide- is your problem personal or general. i.e. Are you the only person to have this problem or do you think it is a general problem that other kids of your age face too?
Step 3: Decide – is your problem catastrophic (disasters, death etc) or normal.
Step 4: What advice would you give if this same thing was happening to a friend of yours?
Step 5: Rate your mood again.
Sometimes, putting our problems into perspective helps us deal with them rationally or simply get over them and move on.