The future worries us today more than before

28.09.2020

It seems that the future worries us now more than ever. Feeling some anguish about what might happen tomorrow is understandable, but rather than worrying, we should "prepare." We explain how.

"I am worried about the future. Now more than ever I am concerned about what will become of me tomorrow ". This buried but palpable fear is appreciated now more than ever. So much so, that there are many people who see the horizon ahead of them with a certain negativity, already falling into a worrying defeatism without knowing it. It is a complicated situation that we must take into account.

Said Woody Allen I that of "interests me quite the future because it is the place where I will spend the rest of my life" . Nothing is more certain and as such, it is a decisive interest, hence harboring the odd concern is as understandable as it is respectable. Moreover, despite the fact that we are often convinced that the most important thing is to focus on the here and now and in the immediate present, it never hurts to remember something.

Looking to tomorrow and preparing for it is an act of responsibility . It is true that the future has not yet happened, that it cannot be seen or touched. However, it is always appropriate to leave some space for tomorrow and have a plan, objectives and more than one coping strategy at hand.

I am concerned about the future: keys and strategies to manage anxiety towards uncertainty

It is necessary to take into account a detail. We should not beat ourselves up for experiencing that concern, if I am concerned about the future in the current circumstances, it is within the normal and predictable. The intelligence human works formulating hypotheses, anticipating variables, facts and probabilities. It does so in an attempt to keep us alert so we can anticipate what may come.

However, these forecasts will be useful, as long as the anxiety factor is not exceeded. The excessive worry that is not controlled drift very often unwarranted fears and irrational fears. In these circumstances, intelligence ceases to be useful to us and we limit ourselves to looking at tomorrow in "fear" mode, thus placing a mental filter that invalidates any strategy, any plan or forecast.

Let us therefore see what dimensions we should take into account to handle our concern for the future a little better.

Divide the future into manageable chunks

When we think about the future, we do so in little or no manageable terms. Tomorrow is not only uncertain, but also often appears in our minds as something diffuse and inhabited by threats. Faced with that vision, it is normal to feel the sting of fear . Now, if we proceed to divide it into a series of smaller and less diffuse parts, things change.

Let's look at an example.

  • Near future (the next 3-6 months). What would I like to get from here to there? What challenges can appear? Faced with these possible problems that may arise, what strategies should you apply? Even more ... What should I be doing now to achieve what I want in the short term?
  • Intermediate future (6 months 1 year). In order to manage the uncertainty that exists throughout the next year, it is advisable to clarify once again what goals you would like to achieve. Once defined, I think about the obstacles or challenges that may arise (according to my expectations) during that time. I prepare myself before them.
  • Far future (the next 3 years). It is true that looking at three years ahead will not allow us to discover what may happen in that future a little more distant. But it can help us set long-term goals. Something necessary for our advancement and development, since the purposes are moorings for hope and guides for motivation.

Worry yes, but only by appointment

I am worried about the future and that this happens is normal. However, that concern should not extend 24 hours a day 7 days a week . That state of mind is not helpful, productive, and even less healthy. So how about giving myself exactly twenty minutes a day to worry?

Set an alarm and make an appointment with yourself. Each day you will establish when you are going to think about what is worrying. Refuse to let those ideas come up at another time. In case they do, take a notepad and write them down to take them into account when that moment comes when you dedicate yourself to it exclusively.

I'm worried about the future, what can I do? Don't focus on the symptoms, look at the signs

When something worries us, we are gripped by the symptoms, by the effect it produces on us. That is, if I am afraid of being unemployed , little by little I am trapped by fear, restlessness, anxiety ... Experiencing this series of sensations is a direct effect of a mind captivated by stress. Feeling this is completely normal, but we must take charge, take control.

How? Leaving aside the symptoms (which generates a situation of uncertainty) and focusing on the signs (the opportunities). To do this, it never hurts to reflect on the following ideas:

  • I'm worried about the future and I'm especially afraid of losing my job. If this happens in the end, couldn't it be an opportunity to do something new? It may be time to study an opposition. Perhaps, it is the moment to give another direction to my work life.
  • The present present is changing in many ways. It is possible that all of this is nothing more than signals for me to make a change too. In the face of any difficulty we are obliged to adapt and for this, it is best to be prepared.

To conclude, we can only remember a great quote from the German psychoanalyst, Karen Horney " worry should lead us to action, never depression." In essence, if something worries us, the last thing we should do is give it excessive power or feed it more than necessary. We must accept what has no solution and face what, for whatever reason, takes away our sleep.

Sleeping is a must. If we want to perform physically and mentally the next day, it is necessary that we have enjoyed a good sleep the night before. Only by having good sleep hygiene can we wake up rested and full of energy.

According to Harvard psychologist and author of The Sociopath Next Door , Martha Stout, one in 25 people is a sociopath . This can represent a real problem for today's society.