When you find yourself in a situation that’s seemingly beyond your control, it’s easy to fall into a state of hopelessness
Feeling like you have no say,
Like your voice is not valued,
Like you have no influence over the outcome or circumstances of your own life
In nature, dominance hierarchies have long been associated with stress and anxiety.
The consensus being,
The lower you are on the dominance hierarchy, the greater the adverse stress response
The inverse is also true,
Meaning, that the more perceived control you have over the outcome of your own affairs,
The lower the levels of distress
This is true in the workplace, in social circles and indeed at home.
The idea of being controlled, having little or no say,
Coupled with fear and uncertainty, devoid of any real prospect of regaining control, leads to this kind of existential crisis
But what we often forget is, we are in many ways masters of our own domain
And the greatest power you’ve been endowed with, is the power of free will