You don’t need an officially diagnosed anxiety disorder to suffer the impact of worry on your work. (Although you might well have one. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, over 18 percent of American adults do.)
When worrying gets in the way of your job, it can be hard to pull yourself out of the spiral. This week’s roundup looks at advice for doing just that, plus how to make better decisions, and 25 ways to be a happier you.
“When we worry, we cannot be productive,” Daskal writes. “I know what you are thinking—how can one stop worrying, how can one break the cycle of the worry habit? There is a very simple but profound strategy to conquer the worry habit, the strategy is to ‘arrange worry breaks.’ It means you actually schedule specific times to worry. “
Want to know how to do that? See the step-by-step plan.
“Many of us avoid decisions,” Amir writes. “We are afraid of the potential outcome of our decision. Or deciding feels hard. We don’t like the options or the result we might create. …Maybe you have avoided confronting someone, changing jobs, going to the doctor for that persistent cough, or changing insurance companies. Do you think that by not deciding about something…anything…that you have managed not to decide? Think again. You’ve decided. You just decided not to decide.”
Want to change that? This strategy can help.
What’s the purpose of life? According to the Dalai Lama and other great thinkers, it’s to be happy. But if being happy were easy, we wouldn’t spend so much time trying to figure out the best ways to live our lives and manager our careers.
Sometimes, it helps to see someone else’s list of priorities and strategies. Sonnenberg’s post includes good reminders such as “happiness is a result of balance rather than intensity” and “never win at the expense of the relationship.” See more, here.