The Next Time You’re Stressed, Ask Yourself: So What?

so what is the question this woman is asking in the snow with both hands in front of two trees

The next time you wake up in the middle of the night, worried and stressed about disappointing others, try this helpful stress-reducing tool:

Ask yourself: So what?”

Example:

So what if so-and-so is disappointed in you because you didn’t do x, y and z. What’s the worst that could happen?

Well, so-and-so may never want anything to do with me again.

Then you ask “so what” again. Repeat it again until you get to the bottom of it.

So what?

So … if that happens, I’ll probably feel like crap and be depressed for a while.

So what?

I guess that after a while, I’ll eventually get over it and move on.

So what?

So you know what? I’m going to be okay. I won’t be stressin’ about this person being disappointed in me 30 years from now.

By the end of this self-interrogation, you realize your problem that you’re worried about really isn’t as worrisome as you initially thought, quelling any tightness in your belly, replacing it instead with ease.

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