“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow. It empties today of its strength.” – Corrie Ten Boom
Do you find yourself fretting about the future? Well, you just wasted a moment worrying about something that does not even exist! Memorable or not, the past has already happened and the future is yet to come. What’s left is the present.
It’s natural for everyone to dwell in negative thoughts and worry–after all, we have about 50,000 thoughts a day. The next time you find yourself engrossed in worry and fear for something that hasn’t even happened yet, these reasons will help you snap out of it.
1. What You’re Worrying About May Not Even Happen: Your worries about the future that lay in store for you may be a case of overthinking. If your worries are based on a bunch of ‘what ifs’ and ‘maybes,’ is it really worth the mental exhaustion to stress on something that might happen?
2. Act Now, Leave The Rest For Later: If you know that the problem is inevitable, isn’t it better to spend your time finding a positive solution? Your present and future is bridged between a certain timeframe that you can use wisely. Worrying won’t solve anything; it will only end in procrastination and hinder your chances of finding a solution.
3. ‘Worry Often Gives A Small Thing A Big Shadow’: This Swedish proverb rightly states how worrying can magnify a problem. The more you stress, the more you will fret about the issue, which will then begin to take over you completely, leaving you mentally crippled to do or think anything else.
4. Today’s Worries Will Pass: Think back to a couple of days, months, or even years ago and try to remember the things that worried you. Are they relevant to you right now? What seems like the end of the world today may probably make you think back and laugh someday.
5. You Can’t Predict It Anyway: Stop trying to predict what’s going to happen next. We often begin worrying when we feel uncertain about something in our lives—whether it’s our jobs or a relationship we have. Uncertainty and doubt are a part of life and rarely will you ever be 100 percent certain about something. It’s the beauty of it all and getting anxious over it doesn’t work. If you are going to think about what is going to happen, try to make them positive thoughts.
6. Remember You’re A Survivor: Even though the future is unknown, you almost know for certain that it will be filled with prospects and problems just like the past was. If you managed to survive it all before, you have the power to cope with things to come too.