We all occasionally feel stress at work. Sometimes stress can be helpful – it can motivate you to get things done. But sometimes stress really serves no purpose. If you’re in a situation that you have no control over and don’t have the power to change, worrying about it is only going to make you feel exhausted and unhappy.

So what should you do if you find yourself stressing about a situation that you can’t control? Author Haley Goldberg suggests that you ask yourself this simple question – “Is this useful?” This question serves as a reminder that your anxiety is not benefiting you or the situation. And according to Goldberg, it can stop you from stressing and help you to redirect your energies elsewhere.

I’m pretty good at worrying about things. It’s a special skill of mine. But this technique seems simple and wouldn’t require a lot of effort on my part. So I might as well give it a try and see how it goes!

If you feel like trying it out too, please share your results in the Comments section below!


Goldberg, H. (n.d.). Here’s how I shut down my negative thoughts with just 3 words. The Muse. Retrieved from https://www.themuse.com/advice/heres-how-i-shut-down-my-negative-thoughts-with-just-3-words