So I found myself taking a Stoic approach today. Every six months, my job hinges on a skills test. I was getting a little stressed because I had some rust to shake off and the test was a new one. But I had this thought, “I’m having anxious thoughts. I’m entertaining feelings of stress. If I fail then I fail. Nothing else.”
And sort unbiddenly, I took a mental step back. The thoughts and impressions were still there but on the outside and something I was “looking” at, and not something happening to me per se.
Anyway, it certainly felt like progress!