A Step-by-Step Guide to Stop Worrying
We recently heard a definition of stress on the podcast Radio Headspace that resonated with us: stress develops when where you are in life differs from where you think you are supposed to be. According to science, this “worry-wart” syndrome is especially prevalent in women. In fact 50% of women reported that they experience feelings of self-doubt about their performance and careers, compared to just 31% of men. This sense of self-doubt in women is further illustrated by the self-selection for job promotion. The Atlantic reviewed the HR records of Hewlett-Packard from a couple of years ago and found that “women applied for a promotion only when they met 100 per cent of the qualifications. Men applied when they met 50 per cent.” Read on to find out how to stop all of your worrying.
When thinking about possible outcomes, does mine for the worst-case scenario? If your mind does start to wander in the negative direction, challenge that thought process by asking yourself “Is that true?” or “Is that the only explanation for what might be happening?” Try to find one or more equally possible scenarios and think of how each one will make you feel, not just the worst-case example.
If you love what you do, it’s infinitely easier to be successful. First, understand what you’re good at and how you can use your strongest skills to excel in the workplace. It’s all about identifying the parts of your job that you actually enjoy and that play to your strengths. But don’t stop there. Implement ways in which you can use and build your strengths everyday.
We’re referring to that “mean girl” voice we all have inside our anxiety-ridden minds. Instead of being your harshest critic, try talking to yourself in the way in which you talk to any other friend. That means look at your mistakes and shortcomings with kindness and understanding. Be open to learning, but don’t chastise yourself for being imperfect.
Listening to positive podcasts like Radio Headspace can help you wean off worrying. Shop our favorite headphones below so that you’re listening in style.