People often spend time and energy worrying about things they have no control over. It’s a natural reaction for our brains to think through worst case scenarios. It’s a built-in defense mechanism leftover from the days when our biggest concern was not getting eaten by a saber-toothed tiger, so we were always on high alert. But, being on high alert 24/7 is what leads to PTSD, so identifying and separating where we put our energy is critical.
Our circle of concern includes things we care about, but can’t control. It’s important to be aware of things in this sphere, but we need to focus more on the things within our circle of control.