Trashing the List of Impending Doom

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Difficult times happen. And they can last for half an hour or months, anywhere in between or even longer. I’ve made peace with this fact, and now I’m training myself to be able to handle them better.

Now is one of those times, and it will pass. One coping mechanism I find really helps is taking a quiet moment to make a list of all the things in your head that you’re dwelling on or are stressing you out. Get them all down.

Beside each one, delve into why it’s a problem - how is it affecting you, what are you losing out on from this happening or not happening, what can you do about it, who can help you? ⚪️ Breaking down the list into bite-sized pieces can reduce the overwhelm quite significantly by creating a plan.

I’ve just finished my list which has 18 things on it that are worrying me at the moment. Some are big, some are small. But having a plan to be able to cross each one off the list is a very comforting feeling.


Anna Birchall