Calm anxiety about the future with disciplined action |
Where do we find the strength to take action towards a better “tomorrow” when we’re struggling to calm anxiety about the future?
Psychologists are quick to point out that uncertainty is potentially one of the most damaging feelings for our mental health. It leaves us unable to plan ahead or manage our everyday emotions. If you’re feeling slightly uninspired or unable, know that you’re not alone.
There’s no magic bullet here. But there is a formula.
- Refresh Mindset Daily +
- Engage in Disciplined Action =
- Genuine Fulfillment (to calm anxiety about the future)
Taking action helps to calm anxiety about the future
You may be wanting to take more action, create impact, and plan your goals for the future, but there may be something slowing you down.
Personal stressors may include fear, helplessness, boredom, and potentially random, unnamable feelings that seem to linger right beneath the surface of our psyche. It’s not just you.
There has been an overload of widespread emotional exhaustion since early 2020 that’s created a collective psychological strain. And this has been in conjunction with potential physical and financial burdens. We’ve simply grown weary of being careful. Many are simply struggling to calm anxiety about the future.
Author, speaker, and thought leader Jim Rohn refers to this type of experience as a “winter.”
Jim Rohn on “winters”
“What to do about winters? You can’t get rid of January simply by tearing it off the calendar. Here is what you can do: You can get stronger; you can get wiser; you can get better. The winters won’t change, but you can.” — Jim Rohn
And there are all kinds of winters: the economic winter, the relationship winter, and the health and fitness winter. Then there are, of course, the long winters where nothing goes as planned. For some, winter arrived months too early.
Yes, you CAN gain strength during this season of uncertainty! Since most of our thoughts are directly controlling how we feel at any given moment, both the good and the bad feelings will inspire the actions we choose to do (or not do).
For example, a negative feeling can potentially trigger us to make the wrong choice when we’d typically use more logic. Or, we may choose to distract ourselves with television because it feels better and easier than focusing on needle-moving projects. With this in mind, wouldn’t it be great if we could better control what we are thinking about at each moment, and in turn, change our feelings, potential actions, and even success?
The truth? Implementing new habits is not easy. But we’ve put together a collection of some of the best psychologist-approved action steps that you can implement right away if you’re looking to increase mental energy, calm anxiety about the future, and avoid fatigue or burnout.
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