How to Stop Worrying About the Future

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So many of us lie awake at night worrying about the future – a future that is yet and may never happen – making ourselves tired, stressed, and frequently depressed. It makes absolutely no sense for us to do this to ourselves, but nearly everyone does it at some point, and it can be terrible for mental and physical health.

 

If you’re someone who is always worrying about things that have yet to happen, and you would like to get some respite from it and improve your physical and mental health, here are a few things that could help you to live more in the now, stop worrying and find more peace in your life.

 

Start a mindfulness practice

 

Perhaps, the best way to stop worrying so much about the future is to learn how to truly live in the moment. Mindfulness meditation is the best way to learn how to do this because it teaches you to focus on what you can see, hear, feel, touch and taste right now; it helps you to watch your thoughts float by without engaging in them; it has been scientifically proven to change your brain and help to relieve, stress, anxiety, and depression. It is also very easy to learn, so give it a go and you are sure to see an improvement in your constant rumination.

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Take action

 

The future is often unknown, so it’s not always possible to take action now to plan for the future, but you can sometimes tackle the things you are worried about for your future now. For example, if you’re worried about what will happen to your family when you are gone, you can state estate planning now, or if you stay up at night thinking about how you’ll cope when you retire, you can start investing in a good pension plan as soon as possible – if you take action on those worries you can mitigate against now, you will have greater peace of mind in the present and less to worry about for the future, which will help you get a better night’s sleep every night.

 

Start a gratitude journal

 

It’s strange, but when you focus on the good things you have in life right now, you naturally start to worry less about those unknown things that could go wrong in the future. One of the best ways to start focusing on the good in your life is by writing them down in a gratitude journal. Once you have done this every day for a while, your brain naturally starts to look for the positive instead of dwelling on the negative and your whole life can be totally transformed.

 

Try CBT

 

Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you to look at and challenge your thoughts so that you stop catastrophizing and start to see a clearer, more realistic picture of life and all its imperfections. It is often used for depression and anxiety but it can be very effective at putting a stop to rumination over the future too.

 

Whatever will be will be, so why stress about it now?

Reasons To Save For Retirement

Let’s face it none of us know exactly what the future holds, and we can guess all we like, but the best course of action is always to consider the worst, and hope for the best. If we prepare ourselves for some financially turbulent times, when we retire, then we are more likely to get through to the other side without much hardship. It’s easier said than done, with all of the bills and unexpected military problems that come up along the way, but consistently paying into a pension or Saving scheme is a fantastic idea.

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Safe home

Having a safe home to live in, is, of course, everyone’s priority, and if you are a homeowner already, then ensuring that you have the funds to keep yourself in this home, is essential. Worrying about where you’re going to live, especially as an older person isn’t something that you should have to worry about. Considering nursing home bed sores and less than ideal living arrangements in homes that you don’t want to be in, Is an excellent motivation to saving enough money to keep you in your own home. Of course, we should all have friends and family that can help us along the way, but this isn’t always the case, and keeping our independence as we get older is essential for most.

 

Activities

Many say that when they retire, they want to carry on their activities and hobbies, and this is actually a fantastic idea. Retiring and then not staying active can be a recipe for disaster. If you were a golfer before retirement, then having the funds available to keep your season ticket at your local golf club, and your golf club is up-to-date and well maintained, it’s going to provide you with exercise and mental stimulation that is incredibly beneficial to a retired person. Getting out and about isn’t always easy, but it’s essential to make sure that you are active and entertained often. Because after all, you’ve worked hard all your life, you should be able to enjoy your retirement.

 

Transport

It’s all well and good being active and keeping up with your hobbies and interests, but unless a bus pass is going to get you to all of your activities, you’re going to need money to be able to pay for a car or some other mode of transport. Insurance and the maintenance of the vehicle can be expensive, as you know, but it’s much better to be fully independent if you are able. Some people decide That riding a bike or walking suits them, but It’s important to note that everyone is different, and if driving works for you and it’s safe, then it’s the best thing all round.

 

At the end of the day, enjoying your retirement should be the main priority, and making sure that you have the finances to be able to do this is, of course, the key to being happy. Unfortunately, it’s not always that easy, but if you are sensible throughout your younger years, you should find it much more comfortable.

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