How you can stop worrying

Hey everyone!

A short and simple message today - only worry about things within the sphere of your control

With commitments from my life piling up, it has been easy to feel stressed by the volume of tasks that I have to complete. When I find myself getting overwhelmed, I’ve been trying to pause and ask myself a series of questions:

  1. What is the problem? - Sometimes just trying to define the problem makes me realise that it might not exist.
  2. Is it something I can control/influence? - If not, then there’s nothing I can do about it.
  3. What should I do to try and fix the problem?
  4. Are these fixes actionable now? - If not, then there’s nothing I can do about it.

Going through this process I find eliminates a vast majority of my worries by the 1st or 2nd questions. Often I find myself worrying about problems that I haven’t defined, or that are completely out of my control. Some things are influenceable, but not in the moment that I’m worrying about them, so stressing about it achieves very little.

I find that taking this approach helps me focus on the present and the problems that are within my sphere of control. It isn’t the cure to all stress, but it certainly helps!

When you’re feeling stressed, try asking yourself the questions above and see how you go!

- Emil

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