Stress and Perspective
If you feel overwhelmed by stress, it's time to change your perspective. Perspective is your point of view, your angle of vision, your frame of reference.
Albert Einstein said that you can't solve problems at the same level of thinking you were when you created them. No one can see the whole of anything from one vantage point. As long as you look at stress and stressors in your life from the same perspective, you'll find it difficult to change them. A different perspective will always open up some new level of thinking.
You can change your perspective when you choose to be observant. Observant is an adjective to describe one who is watching. The observer is not the doer. You are observant when you look dispassionately at your circumstances without getting involved. People who describe their near-death experiences frequently talk about detachment from their bodies as they look down on themselves lying in a hospital bed. Whatever the validity of such claims, you can gain a different perspective on a stressful experience by emotionally detaching yourself and observing your reactions to a stressor.
Consider the perspective of a hawk. It flies high overhead, looking for prey. A small animal on the ground has little chance of escaping the keen eyesight of the hawk. With the benefit of its high perspective, the hawk can swoop down upon the helpless prey. What would you see about stress in your life if you could look at your life with a hawk-like perspective?
Benefits of Perspective
Looking at a stressor from a different perspective allows you see beyond the moment. Without perspective, a current problem can become the defining problem of your existence. Molehills become mountains. Trivial details become huge obstacles. Small errors become enormous blunders.