‘I will try to stop worrying about everything’: the thing I’ll do differently in 2023

Anxiety dominates my thinking about work, social engagements, the stupid day-to-day admin of being a human – and it doesn’t achieve anything

Over the years, I have learned a few strategies for making new year resolutions: keep them simple, tell as few people about them as possible and do not under any circumstances write them down.

I’ve learned this the hard way. One year I announced – under pressure at a New Year’s Eve party – that I was going to write a play. I never even opened a new document to that effect, but I spent a lot of time worrying about this latest item on the long list of things I will almost certainly never manage.

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