4 Ways To Stop Worrying About The Future


Many of us spend each day thinking ahead to the next day or even the next month. I know from first-hand experience that thinking about my day-to-day can lead to me endlessly worrying about the future. I often stress over graduating college and being unable to find a job. My sibling worries about turning 30 years and being unsatsified with life. As you are reading this, you may resonate with the uneasiness my sibling and I feel. Or, you may have even begun thinking about worries of your own. That's why I've rounded up five tips to help you prevent yourself from worrying about the future. Keep scrolling to read through them all. 

1. Live In The Present Moment

Worrying can distract us from the world that is right in front of our eyes. You can combat this worrying by paying attention and indulging into the life that is right in front of you. For example, if you are eating dinner with your family, try to be present during the dinner. You can become engaged by talking to your family, chewing your food slowly and embracing the taste of the meal, and taking in the scenery of your kitchen or the restaurant you are in.

2. Play Out Your Worries

Write down your worries. Viewing your worries on paper help you view them from a different perspective. For example, one of your worries may be failing a challenging course and having to retake it. Write down what life will be like if you failed the course. Did you get hurt? Did life change drastically? You may realize that failing that course was not the end of the world. Writing down your worries will help you realize that they are not as bad as you think. This practice will also help you begin to come up with practical solutions. 

3. Set Aside Time To Worry

In your daily routine, set aside time to worry. During this time, you can think of particular aspects of your life that worry you. You can allot three to five minutes to let yourself worry. If you find yourself worrying before the allotted time, write down what you are thinking about and get back to it during your worry session.

4. Realize That You Are Not A Fortune Teller

If you think a situation will have a negative outcome, then you are attempting to predict the future. The future is uncertain. You will know nothing of the future until you encounter it, so don't overthink it now. 

You can control worry by following the tips mentioned above. You do not need to worry so much because worrying can lead to health problems. And I am sure your family and friends would like you to stay healthy so you can stay around for a long time.

Which of these tips do you plan to implement into your daily life? Let us know by leaving a comment below!

Zakiya Payne is a Multimedia Journalism major at North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University. The first-generation student enjoys writing in her journal, telling corny jokes, and shopping! A Mantra that she repeats daily is, “I am busy becoming the woman of my dreams!”