With the end of the year creeping up, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and start worrying about the future. You can make this the best year yet if you believe in yourself, but it’s important not to let worrying and anxiety stop your progress. But if you’re wondering how to stop worrying about the future and start living your best life now, you’re in the right place.
You can worry about everything, from how to smash your goals, to what may come in the next year. Especially when everywhere you turn, there are subtle hints to be the best version of yourself you can be. But don’t stress, the future is bright!
1. Plan your future (loosely)
One thing that can increase your worrying, is planning your future too rigorously. If you know exactly what you’re doing each month, which small goals you want to set yourself, the big goals you want to smash, the things you want to do, people you want to see. It sounds great, but it can get overwhelming.
If you start to think about everything in one big year, you’ll probably feel a bit panicked. Step back, remember to plan loosely! You can’t ever predict things that will happen. That’s why it’s better to start the year off with some loose goals and build a vision board to support it. You can also use our brand new Make Things Happen 2018 planner, it’ll take you through the year month by month. Each month contains a calendar overview, articles, and life-improvement exercises to take you through. Right from January, every single month has a theme, so you’ll never feel overwhelmed or worried. It’ll support you throughout 2018. Buy it here.
2. Accept what you can’t change
Take a few moments to accept that you can’t change things. Things outside of your control will happen in the future, and that’s ok. You’ll find you can deal with those things much better if you’re mentally prepared for them. Also, you can’t make huge changes overnight. Accept that there are things you can’t control and can’t change. That’s the first step to dealing with worrying. If you need to try mindfulness, you can download apps to help you or even just listen to white noise or the sounds of rain to clear your mind and focus.
3. If you dream it, you can do it
Worrying about the future won’t make it any easier to get what you want. Remember that if you dream it, you can do it. It’s going to be hard work though, and there’s no point in worrying about it. Without fear, you wouldn’t know how to push yourself. So, anything that you’re worried about, anything that you’re afraid of, is just another step to turn yourself into the best person you can be.
4. Focus your energies elsewhere
If you’re not worrying about everything you want to achieve or everything that might go wrong. You’re probably worrying about yourself, and all the things you haven’t done. You didn’t book that doctors appointment, didn’t start those driving lessons, didn’t paint the kitchen. It’s easy to start piling worries up on top of yourself. We are all worriers at the end of the day, it’s better to set yourself a deadline and make steps to get it done.
Give yourself a break, and focus your energies elsewhere. Try to find something that relaxes you and gives your mind a break. Try painting, writing, and other creative hobbies that will give your mind a break from worrying.
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