As anyone with anxiety can tell you, the future can be scary. What happens after the present is in many ways a mystery, and as such can prove disconcerting in its ambiguity. The lack of knowing what awaits humanity can be a daunting prospect, especially in times of stress or uncertainty.
The future doesn’t have to be scary. Though it might be daunting and intimidating by its seeming unknowing mystique, there are ways to accept the future and gain some control of what it holds. For those who suffer from anxiety, taking a deep breath and other anxiety prevention methods are a good start in avoiding worry about the future. This is good for everyone actually because it will allow you to relax and focus on the next step in the process. It also helps you relax so you can think clearly.
Once you’ve taken a breath to ground yourself and clear your head, the next step is to focus on the here and now. The future is formed by the present, so by looking around you and getting the measure of your present, you are better prepared for what occurs next. It’s not a foolproof method, but by understanding the now you can better ready yourself for the future. Being able to prepare for the future means more control, and that’s worth, not worrying.
Another important step is to stay positive. Negativity can breed anxiety and worry, making it hard to focus, think clearly, or even sleep. If you’re going to be focusing on the present, you need to be able to do it with a clear and positive mind. For that, you need to think and say positive things. This may seem like an obvious solution, but sometimes it’s the most obvious steps we tend to forget.
Now that you’re grounded and focused on the present and can think with a clear head, it is time to plan. You can’t plan for or anticipate everything, but with the present, as you understand clear before your eyes, you can form a general outline for the future. For example, if you have an important meeting the next day, practice potential questions or scenarios so you’re prepared. You can’t predict all the possible questions that might come up during the meeting, but you can prepare for the event itself.
This leads to an important point that at the end of the day, some matters are just beyond our control. That scares us. What we need to do is accept that and do what we can to mitigate the lack of control that we have. It can be hard to make peace with our inability to control the future, but we have to for peace of mind. That clarity will allow you to plan for what you can, to face the future without worry as you move ahead. Stay positive, take a breath, remember the future, and plan for what you can. That is how to stop worrying about the future and it might hold.