Disclaimer- I had asked this question in the Math stack exchange, but was encouraged to ask it here.
I'm working on creating an emotional calculator of sorts, for personal use, wherein, whenever I am stressed, I can pretty much figure out what to do to feel better.
I'll be using the Emotional Equations book by Chip Conley (summary here: https://blas.com/emotional-equations/) as a point of reference.
here's my question:
Let's take the following equation as an example:
Let's say I interviewed for a job and now am anxious about whether or not I will get it.
Anxiety = Uncertainty $\times$ Powerlessness
To make myself feel better, if I focus on the Powerlessness variable, then I can do many things to make myself feel better. For example: I could apply for more jobs, go take a walk, go for a run, etc.
However, each of those things will not help me in the same way. They will each have different "proportions of powerlessness" to offer, so to speak. So, if I go get ice cream, sure I'll feel a little better, but I'm sure I'll be anxious an hour after eating that ice cream. So, on a scale of 1-10, it will probably reduce powerlessness by 0.5 or 1, whereas if I apply for more jobs, for example, it will reduce powerlessness by 7-8.
What math principle/logic/practice can I use to calculate how much something (eating ice cream) can affect powerlessness?
Thank you! Apologies for the long question.