If the last two years has taught us anything about the fundamental needs of the human mind, its that we yearn for the feeling of control.
Whatever their background, people who perceive that they have the power to determine their own fate – everything from tiny short-term decisions to important life events, tend to be happier, healthier and more productive.
Even the most challenging circumstances can be more bearable if we feel that we have some say in the outcome, whereas small stresses may become exaggerated if we feel we are completely helpless to change the situation.
And the biggest trigger of hopelessness and feeling like the situation is wildly out of control – depressing news or social media ‘doom scrolling’. This is in our control, it can be difficult, but seriously, pick a time frame during the day to tune in to social media and then tune back out so it doesn’t drag you down.