I don't look too far ahead and I don't do a lot of "what if" thinking. I stay more in the moment and try to take each day as it comes without dwelling on a theoretical future. Starting a new day free of worry and dread gives me a fresh start and the needed energy to face the things in life that demand strength and positive thinking.
Understanding that the human race is strange and on many levels "not get-able" is helpful. Letting go is something I do every single day....
I also make time for my creative outlet (photography & art) and the non profit work that feeds me, such as writing and researching for this website. It keeps my mind healthily busy and moving forward with a sense of purpose and value. It also helps me restore balance if I'm off kilter.
There's a very mean spirited person in my life who seems to feed on creating drama and pain for some of the people I love in my life. Her husband claims she's not ill intended, but rather that she's dumb and that she's simply a ... bitch. (Those are his words - not mine.) I see her as manipulative and redefining what it means to be controlling in a destructive way. She must be a very tortured, unhappy soul to need to lie and feed on the misery she causes others. She's a puppet master of the worst kind. She has some people fooled, but I'm certain many people see through her. I suspect a lot of people have someone like her in their lives.
Dealing with this person takes immense letting go. She's not worth engaging. She can't be trusted. I believe karma will come her way one day. She has woven quite a deceptive and dishonorable life. One day maybe I'll have the choice to not have her in my life, but that day is not here yet. So I let go of her evil doing and her mean ways. Or I try to. I try to let go of how unjust she has been. I focus on maintaining good thoughts, healing thoughts and pray that the universe will do what is right.
All of these techniques and thought patterns help me restore balance. I find time for nature, for laughing, for being in the company of good hearted people and staying in touch with those I love.