…would report feeling “daily worry and stress without a lot of happiness and enjoyment” in your life? Because according to the long-standing Gallup “U.S. Mood” Poll, 9 to 11 percent of Americans feel that way. Apparently and not surprisingly, the numbers were even higher immediately following the 2016 election, reaching a four-year high of 13.1%.
Personally, I fall into that depressing bucket now. But I’m also dealing with a lot of stress – fights with my boyfriend, anxiety about my career not moving forward fast enough (I’m 35), drinking too much to deal with the stress of uncertainty, and the general fear of Trump and losing access to Obamacare.
I used to be a lot more excited about life and my career in my twenties. The upside of the fact that I’m less happy now is that the happiness in my twenties made me somewhat dreamy and complacent, and so I wasn’t working as hard as I should have at my writing. Now, the fire is lit under my a** and I have been writing a ton more to deal with the anger at myself for not being further ahead.
While I don’t always experience daily stress and worries, because I do have amazing days where I feel recharged and refreshed, I do think I’d put myself in the 9 – 11% bucket of Americans who are struggling to find fulfillment.
So, what do you do if, like me, you realize that you would put yourself in that bucket?
Well, for me it’s all about testing variables to improve. Experimenting with your life. Making small changes and tweaks to see if you feel happier or more fulfilled from them.
Here are some things I’ve done and/or plan to do in the future:
- Really analyzing my interactions with people to see if they uplift me
- Trying natural anxiety relief supplements, like Omega 3 pills (heavy on the EPA and less on DHA)
- Spending less time staring at my phone in public places
- Writing EVERY DAY to push my career forward
- Exercising at least once a week (wasn’t doing that before, d’oh!)
Would you put yourself in the 9-11% bucket, and if so, how do you plan to change it?