Envision the Future to Reduce Your Stress

FlowersI’ve heard it said that anxiety is about being fearful of the future.  If you feel stress at work, think about what your stressful future thoughts are.

Are you afraid of being a fraud?

Not meeting a deadline?

Falling short of some expectation?

Take a moment to really wallow in that thought.  See where you feel it in your body.  For me most work-related stress hits me in the stomach and the shoulders.  As my stomach grinds my shoulders inch up toward my ears.  Then a dull pain starts on the left side of my neck and head.

Doesn’t this feel fabulous?

Now think about the future in a more positive way.

You are not a fraud.

You’ve met the deadline.

You’re the most beloved employee at your company.

While you may find these thoughts silly, go there anyway.

How does your body feel?  (And stop giggling. Really!  You are the BESTEST employee this company has ever seen.  Relish that thought for a few moments.)

Why don’t we look at the future with a positive slant?

Herein lies the problem with us stress bunnies.  We give more credence to the negative thoughts than the positive ones.  And we’re doing ourselves a big disservice.

Things are just as likely, if not more so, to work out well than to turn out bad.

Does that negative thinking serve you in any way?

In most cases it probably doesn’t.

So let’s make a deal

Catch yourself in a negative thought and call yourself on it.  It will take a little time to get good at this.  But it will make a HUGE difference in how you think.  By knowing you are caught up in thoughts that contribute to your stress, you can begin to work on changing them.

And I will show you the steps to make that change.

Do me a favor and spend time today imagining a positive future for yourself.

Then let me know what you see for yourself in the COMMENTS section.

 

3 comments on “Envision the Future to Reduce Your Stress”

  1. Laura Reply

    Hello, My identity for a long, long time has been teacher and mother. Now that I’m retired and my children are adults, I’m working hard to find my new identity. It’s amazing that a job I loved had so much stress associated with it. No tension headache, no indigestion, no fatigue so great that I could hardly function after school.

    My job now is to find myself – to find those things that will fill my life with joy. While I’m sure it is no immediate comfort to you, I’m finding that this retirement gig may be the best job I’ve ever had!

    Loving your posts!

    • Linda Lepe Reply

      Thanks, Laura! Retirement is a transition to another type of job. Best of luck in your new adventure. I’m happy to hear this website is helpful for you.

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