If you’re going through hard times, here’s how to stop fretting about the future – so you can enjoy life more – now!
Do you find yourself constantly worrying about what the future holds?
Many people feel like this at one point or another.
But if you find that it’s a regular thing for you, it’s time to do something about it.
Chronic stress and worry can have a huge negative impact on your physical and mental health. You might find you lose your appetite, your sleep suffers, and you even lose hair.
I personally know what it’s like to feel stressed about the future. Thankfully I also know how to tap into the superpower of calm – even during challenging times.
I’m committed to helping people to live calmer lives – which is why I decided to put together this article to help you to stop fretting about the future.
Making sure you’re taking care of your mind is so important. While we can’t always predict the exact way things will pan out, there are a few things you can do to stop fretting about the future as much.
Everyone has reasons why they may be fretting about the future. It could be something as simple as not having enough money for the holidays. Others may be worried about losing their job amidst a crisis. Some people worry about starting a family. The truth is, most of us, if not everyone, feel anxious about what the future holds.
We worry whenever we live in the past or future – either about moments that have happened – or about moments yet to happen.
We spend so much time living in any other time but now.
Living in the present moment ensures we can enjoy our lives and the people in it now.
By living in the present, we can tap into full appreciation for what we have.
Living in the present helps us to feel more connected to the people around us, and feel happier.
Let go of the past and live in the present. Learn from your past and use it to help you move forward into the future. Focus on your present and stop comparing your past to what can happen to the future.
So stop fretting about the future! Instead, realize that the present moment is all you really have – and do your best to stay in it.
While you can’t control everything in your life, you can work on co-creating your own future.
What do you want your future to look like?
Where do you want to be, what do you want to be doing, and who do you want it to be with?
How secure do you want your future to be? Can you have more than one life insurance policy?
Look at what you have planned for the future and what you’re trying to accomplish. You might just see that your fears are unfounded and that the problem may not even exist at all.
You can create your own future by getting specific about what you want, and then trying the following things:
You need to write down steps as to how you can achieve what you want from your life. For example, if you want enough money to be able to afford home care services in your later years (so you can avoid putting financial strain on anyone else), then you need to work out how you can get to this point. Be proactive after you get clear on what you want. In other words, if you want to achieve this goal, then you are going to need to put away an amount of money each month in a savings account. This way, you’re not flying blind, trying to reach goals – when you’re not sure what the stepping stones to get there should be.
Enjoy the little things in your life.
Whether it’s a nice candle or a short conversation with a friend, make the most of them.
Find things to love and enjoy every day, no matter how small.
By learning to enjoy the simple things that bring joy to your life, you’ll find that you’re able to get through each day with a greater sense of happiness and also a higher sense of energy.
You’ll be able to enjoy the moments that come your way and you’ll no longer be unnecessarily worried by what the future has in store for you.
List things you’re grateful for every single day.
When you find things to be grateful for, you tend to attract even more things to be grateful for!
So stop fretting about the future, and instead start journaling about all the many things you should be grateful about.
Check out my Listen to Your Heart Journal – which offers helpful thought-provoking writing prompts – to inspire appreciation and gratitude.
The best way to learn how to stop worrying about the future is to actually go out and face the problem. Get out there and see what’s really happening. If you want to put an end to your worries, then you must take action.
Take positive steps to safeguard your future. Look after your body and mind in ways you enjoy, and put some money away if you can. Get insurance cover to protect various aspects of your life and have peace of mind.
You also need to learn skills that’ll help you cope better with any negative situation that arises. You won’t always be able to completely solve the problem but you can learn how to deal with it.
Figure out what your limiting beliefs are. Everyone has limiting beliefs to a degree, and they hold us back. When you know what yours are, you can work on debunking them and letting them go.
Figure out what you can actually control, and then take baby steps to where you want to be.
Break huge goals down into tiny baby steps and you’ll achieve them eventually.
There’s no point worrying yourself sick about things you have no control over, so do your best to remember that.