I meet people every day of the week who claim to be, or are, suffering from stress and anxiety. Much, but not all, of the stress arises from their workplace.
I have a philosophy which helps me deal with stress and worry and anxiety and it involves the acceptance of what I believe are 3 fundamental truths; if you accept these truths life will go easier on you.
If you don’t accept them you will, almost certainly, suffer from a great deal of avoidable stress.
The 3 truths, as I see them, are:
- Life isn’t fair
- The goalposts move
- There are no guarantees
If you accept these observations as inalterable principles of life you will not be disappointed. In fact, you may be pleasantly surprised.
But you will reduce your stress and anxiety levels.
I have always try to maintain this general stoic view of life but recently read a book which articulates this philosophy more articulately than I am capable of and explains the scientific and psychological underpinning for this view.
It is a book that I recommend very highly as it is written by a psychiatrist and gives you a framework for reducing stress and managing your mind on a daily basis.
The book is called “The Chimp Paradox” by Prof. Steve Peters.