Mental Health

Listened to Becoming Better 43: A Subset of Worry

Listened Becoming Better Podcast from

Make a list of everything you’re worrying about, and divide it into what you do and don’t have control over. Then, deal with the items on your list accordingly.

I’ve seen the advice to set aside time to worry before and it always sounded just implausible. But I like this active approach to worry: listing out all the things you’re worried about and then sorting them by how much control you have over them.

They also called out that chronic stress is caused by burnout, which can be influenced by activities that we choose (like news), even if sometimes it’s caused by external factors like societal issues. So it’s worth thinking about how much stress we’re bringing on ourselves.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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