Making Mountains Out of Molehills is a common phrase that signifies how much we give importance to little things that hold us little to no value. For instance, if you have a bad day at the office, you spoil the rest of the day and even another 2-3 days too while thinking about those office things only.

Things like being late for the office being scared of committing small mistakes, or showing up late for dinner have such a substantial influence on you that they make you lose your focus and be downhearted the majority of the time.

Sweating over such small things undoubtedly ends our lives in hell! And by hell, I mean to say about the emotions and experiences that overwhelm us further. Emotions like stress, frustration, disappointment, failures, anger, and many others lower your vibes and infect your energy.

Do you sweat over the little problems in your lives?

We all possess the ability to make mountains of molehills and vice versa. Our challenge is that we can’t always tell when and why we’re actually doing this. Why are we overreacting or holding on too tightly or focusing only on the negatives?

When we are irritated, annoyed, and easily bothered – our over-reactions not only make us frustrated but actually get in the way of getting what we want. As a result, it is quite easy to lose sight of the bigger picture that should actually be our focus. After all, there are much bigger things to bother about. Isn’t it?

In short, we live our lives too seriously rather than living them to it’s fullest. We often rush around bragging about our busyness, trying to solve problems, but in reality, we do often compound them because of our overthinking and over-analysis. Because everything seems like such a big deal, we spend our lives dealing with one drama after another. We focus on little problems and concerns and blow them way out of proportion. Rather than let it go, and go on with our day, we convince ourselves that we are justified in our anger. Not only this, we play out many of the imaginary confrontations in our minds.

Just imagine what it would be like to make mountains out of every little molehill in your life. Like how many times do we get upset when the computer doesn’t do what it is supposed to?

Such small incidents make your life seem overwhelmingly burdensome. Because those thoughts keep entering your head uncontrollably. While, if you do the reality check, you will observe that life can be much more complicated than your computer work or long traffic hours.

The answer is don’t sweat the small stuff. Instead, take a deep breath and learn to relax. It isn’t worth it to become so bent out of shape over small incidents. Is it so important that we lose sleep over minute incidents in our lives?

How not to make mountains out of molehills?

Don’t sweat over small things, as this can develop into several medical conditions that can affect your quality of life. As soon as you notice that you cannot let something off your mind, either a mistake or the action of someone else, then you should employ these techniques to free up your mind so you keep enjoying your life.

  • Stop and take a deep breath
  • Leave work at work: There is a time for everything, time to work, time to sleep, and time to relax
  • Have a daily quiet time. During this time, ask God for guidance in your life. Pray, pray, and pray (Here are 6 major reasons to pray more often)
  • Have a daily stress release talk with a friend (Here are 12 Proven Strategies for a Stress-Free Living.)
  • Read for fun and also to clear your mind.
  • Get enough sleep: Well, this is my all-time favorite solution to all my problems.
  • Improve the quality of friends: After all, healthy people (in terms of mind) give healthy vibes.
  • Love yourself more: (Here are 10 compelling reasons to do so).

The moment you give up the need to react to everything that happens to you, the moment you give up the need to call yourself a victim of stressful situations and stressful people will be the moment you will achieve inner peace.

One of the happiest people I know is someone who also gets quite low from time to time. The difference, it seems, is that he has become comfortable with his low moods. It’s almost as though he doesn’t really care because he knows that, in due time, he will be happy again. To him, it’s no big deal. Rather than fight their feelings and panic simply because they are feeling bad, they accept their feelings, knowing that this too shall pass.

Richard Carlson, (Author of the book “Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff)

What type of molehills should actually be converted to mountains?

On the flip side, we often tend to overlook the right “little things” or “small stuff” that will actually help us to alleviate tension and stress and will bring us to a place of peace and gratitude.

If you have to think only then, think about those little things and those little pleasures that make you happy. Think about your small but daily efforts that are a sign of your progress. Learn to celebrate each small win. Each of these things counts and adds value to your life.

Some of the “little things” we can make a big deal about every day are the sunrise, the sunset, the smell of fresh laundry, the sound of rain, the hot water for your shower, the softness of your favorite sweater, the taste of your tea (or coffee), the fact that you got out of bed today, that you can hear, see, smell, taste, laugh, cry. You can make a big deal about just about anything, anything positive, by being more grateful. For a bonus, here is the list of 100+ such reasons to celebrate and feel happy.


We must not let our little daily annoyances and irritations cause us to “lose our cool” or bring us to a place of stress. So many people spend so much of their life energy sweating over the small stuff that they completely lose touch with the magic of life.

Those who let things roll off their backs tend to live longer than others who make a big deal out of small things. So, the next time you’re feeling bad, rather than fight it, try to relax first. See if, instead of panicking, you can be graceful and calm. Know that if you don’t deny your negative feelings, if you are graceful and more accepting, they will pass away just as surely as the sun sets in the evening.

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