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FACING THE FEAR AND ANXIETY OF THE UNKNOWN

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Almost everybody
worries about what will happen in the future. The prospect of not
knowing if something good or bad will happen to you in the near future
can produce a lot of fear and anxiety. As a result, here is a list of
techniques and suggestions on how to manage this fear of dealing with
the unknown.

Remember that no one can predict the future with
one hundred percent certainty. Even if the thing that you feared does
happen there are circumstances and factors that you can't predict which
can be used to your advantage. For instance, let's say at your place of
work that you miss the deadline for a project you have been working on
for the last few months. Everything you feared is coming true.
Suddenly, your boss comes to your office and tells you that the
deadline is extended and that he forgot to tell you the day before.
This unknown factor changes everything. Remember: we may be ninety-nine
percent correct in predicting the future, but all it takes is for that
one percent to make a world of difference.


Learn to take it
one day at a time. Instead of worrying about how you will get through
the rest of the week or coming month, try to focus on today. Each day
can provide us with different opportunities to learn new things and
that includes learning how to deal with your problems. When the time
comes, hopefully you will have learned the skills to deal with your
situation.


Sometimes, we
can get anxious over a task that we will have to perform in the near
future. When this happens, visualize yourself doing the task in your
mind. For instance, you and your team have to play in the championship
volleyball game in front of a large group of people in the next few
days. Before the big day comes, imagine yourself playing the game in
your mind. Imagine that you're playing in front of a large audience. By
playing the game in your mind, you will be better prepared to perform
for real when the time comes. Visualization is a great way to reduce
the fear and stress of a coming situation and increase your
self-confidence.


Remember, take a
deep breath and try to find something to do to get your mind off of you
anxieties and stresses. A person could take a walk, listen to some
music, read the newspaper, watch TV, play on the computer or do an
activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things. This will
distract you from your current worries.

A lot of times, our
worrying can make a problem even worse. All the worrying in the world
will not change anything. All you can do is to do your best each day,
hope for the best, and when something does happen, take it in stride. If
you still have trouble managing your anxiety of the future, talking to
a counselor or clergyman can be of great help. There are ways to help
manage your fear and all it takes is some effort to find those answers.





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