By Stanley Popovich
Almost everyone worries about what will happen in the future during these anxious times. The prospect of not knowing whether something good or bad will happen in the near future can create a lot of fear and anxiety.
As a result, here is a list of techniques and suggestions for dealing with the fear of the unknown.
# 1 Nobody can predict the future with 100% certainty:
Even if what you fear does happen, there are circumstances and factors that you cannot predict and that can be used to your advantage. For example, you miss the deadline for a project you were working on. Everything you feared will come true. Suddenly your boss tells you that the deadline has been extended and that he forgot to tell you the day before. This unknown factor changes everything.
# 2 Take it one day at a time:
Try to focus on today instead of worrying about how you will get through the rest of the week or the months ahead. Each day gives us different opportunities to learn new things, and that includes how we can deal with your problems.
# 3 use self-visualization:
Sometimes we can worry about a task that we have to do in the near future. In this case, imagine yourself doing the task in your head. For example, you have to play a championship volleyball game in front of a large group of people for the next few days. Imagine playing the game in your head before the big day comes. That way, in due time, you will be better prepared.
# 4 take a break:
Take a deep breath and try to find something to distract yourself from your fears. A person could take a walk, listen to music, or read the newspaper to get a new perspective on things.
# 5 Challenge your negative thinking with positive statements and realistic thinking:
When you encounter thoughts that make you anxious or depressed, challenge those thoughts by asking yourself questions that maintain objectivity and common sense. Focus on the reality of your situation, not your thoughts.
# 6 worries can make the problem worse:
All the worries in the world won’t change a thing. All you can do is do your best every day, hope for the best, and if something happens, accept it. If you are still having trouble dealing with fear of the future, speaking with a counselor or clergyman can be of great help.
Stan Popovich is the author of the popular book on managing anxiety, “A Layperson’s Guide to Dealing with Anxiety”. For more information on Stan’s book and free mental health advice, visit Stan’s website at http://www.managingfear.com