Why Is Neuroticism So Toxic?

Another useful saying to avoid being highly neurotic was coined by my colleague and fellow marathon runner, Melaney Collett[37], who often says “control your controllables.” This saying dovetails perfectly with the gist of the Serenity Prayer and is a great reminder of the importance of letting go of the things you can’t control, and focusing on the things you can.  

The Serenity Prayer is widely used by people in recovery 12-step programs as a mantra to stay sober. But, the Serenity Prayer can also help minimize feelings of neuroticism anytime you’re feeling too neurotic. Personally, I find that saying an agnostic version of The Serenity Prayer helps me maintain my pragmatic optimism whenever I feel neuroticism creeping in.

The Serenity Prayer

Grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change.
Courage to change the things I can.
And the wisdom to know the difference.

Anytime you feel yourself slipping into a state of neuroticism, I would recommend that you: Stop. Take a deep breath. Recite the Serenity Prayer. And take inventory of what you can and cannot control. Then, let go of any negative thoughts and tackle the specific controllables of the situation with vigorous determination. Hopefully, some of this advice will help you minimize your neuroticism, take the bull by the horns, and seize the day.

© 2016 Christopher Bergland. All rights reserved.

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