ASK YOURSELF: “IS THIS USEFUL?”
It’s designed to help you assess if a thought is serving you or others–or if it’s just irrational. “If the worry is reasonable, do something about it, If it’s irrational or out of your control, recognize that. Neuroscience shows that merely making a decision like this can reduce worry and anxiety.”
“Is this useful?” Pausing to ask that question does a few things:
First, it forces you to climb out of your thoughts and see them from a new perspective.
Second, asking “Is this useful?” makes it more intentional. Unlike desperately shouting at my thoughts to “STOP”, I calmly faced them head-on and assessed them. I quickly decided if the thoughts served me, and I let those that didn’t fall to the wayside.
Try it out next time. – with love