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Why do I worry about things in the future that probably will never happen?

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Last Updated: 02/10/2020 at 10:26am
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Top Rated Answers
Anonymous
November 30th, 2015 7:24am
It is natural to worry about things that we can't control. Many people will worry about insignificant or significant but low probability mishaps.
Anonymous
April 10th, 2018 4:40pm
You may worry about things that probably may not ever happen because you had a bad experience in the past and you're more worried about what it will be later on in your future.
PrivatePillow
May 1st, 2015 8:35pm
Being afraid of the unknown is a normal reaction for anyone. Some people handle it better but it isn't easy for everyone. It shows that you care about yourself and others surrounding you. It helps to take one day at a time, and I know it's not an easy thing to do. But just remember that not everything is made to be controlled. Just breathe and know that tomorrow can take care of itself.
WarmBeauty
June 8th, 2015 9:47pm
Because that is what anxiety is. It will plague your mind with little things that either don't matter in the long run or will never happen.
MindfulEmpathy
June 11th, 2015 9:47am
The "unknown" can manifest fear in all of us at times. It is important to focus on the here and now and do the best we can with what we are dealing with there.
Anonymous
August 18th, 2015 1:50am
It's our brains trying to be sure we are prepared for events, if they ever happen to us in the future.
melursusUrsinus
August 3rd, 2015 12:49pm
I guess the main reason is lack of self confidence for me and maybe the need of feeling safe. I am living in a troubled country and this is a genuine reason to be afraid of the possibilities.
Anonymous
November 3rd, 2015 2:59am
Because it is human nature to prepare for possible threats to your, or other lives around you. And personally, expecting the worst, does keep you going when you have to do that activate because chances are, it will go ALOT better than you think.
Anonymous
August 16th, 2016 3:31pm
That's overthinking. Overthinking leads to anxiety, so don't stress much about it! You should focus on the present.
ciuin
April 13th, 2015 12:04am
It is normal to worry about the future but it can be a problem when it cause symptoms of stress and anxiety. Maybe you could write your worries down any discuss them with someone you trust. Something that is going to happen in the future is going to happen if you worry about it or not, we cannot control what happens but we can learn to control how we deal with it.
LovelyFlower94
August 18th, 2015 6:52pm
It's normal for all of us to worry about the future whether they probably will or won't happen, we all fear the uncertainty. Try to focus on the here and now and don't worry about the future until it is here to be worried about!
Anonymous
May 17th, 2016 6:46pm
That's pretty normal, everyone has these moments, sometimes. When you feel insecure or just have a bad day, you start to overthink and make everything worse than it is.
delicateEars36
August 9th, 2016 6:45am
In my experience this is rooted from fear. Fear from different things such as abandonment or just being alone. It can be other things too. This is a good thing to see a therapist about since it would be very helpful in sorting out what you are fearful of and then trying to overcome it.
RachxTheLight
June 22nd, 2015 1:27am
It's easy to worry about what hasn't happened it, especially if you have anxiety. As humans, we tend to be afraid of what might happen if we do something, thinking the consequences will always come out wrong. But- it's a risk we sometimes have to take. This is completely normal to think about. Taking a chance may have a different outcome.
hoppingpen
July 14th, 2015 11:28pm
It's a natural human instinct to fear the unknown or what we cannot see. You are not alone- everybody does it.
Anonymous
April 5th, 2016 6:34pm
I think it's only natural to worry about things in our future, even if there's a small possibility that it would happen. The trick is to not let those things take over your mind and make you dysfuctional.
Anonymous
November 14th, 2017 6:46am
Anything anxious that may be on our minds can become a worry while we are considering it. Even if it's not likely, if there's a possibility of it happening, chances are, one will stress about it.
Anonymous
December 22nd, 2015 9:58am
Because you don't know what's going to happen, so you worry over it. Kind of like how we worry about our test results. We study lots, but we're still uncertain. What if we fail? The possibility is still there, still endless. It's not bad to worry though. It makes us more cautious.
Anonymous
December 28th, 2015 5:50pm
Because we tend to worry more about our future more than any time else because we don't know what to expect and we don't know what is coming
Anonymous
July 25th, 2016 8:30am
You're likely to be an over-thinker. You sound like you have too much time on your hand thinking about unlikely events happen. You need to allow yourself enough time to think about your purpose in life. But not enough time to over-think the future.
Anonymous
August 15th, 2016 9:26pm
worrying about your future and what will happen in the future is a normal instinct that most people have. this causes us to worry about these things even tho they are in the future.
solitudestargazing
July 24th, 2017 12:35pm
We worry because we are uncertain of what will happen in the future. Because of this, we tend to assume what will happen even though they may seem very far from our current realities. Sometimes we also think it's better to worry about them now in order to prepare ourselves for what could possibly happen. We often forget that this is unnecessary worrying. There's no harm in thinking about the future; but we need to remember that the 'now' and our reality is more important than the endless possibilities we can think of.
Rwtrek22
February 26th, 2018 12:23am
The future is full of uncertainties so it is normal to worry, one thing you can do is talk to someone about your worries and they can try to help
kindDreamer9743
February 10th, 2020 10:26am
Worrying really is a waste of time to me, although to pre empt somethings is good that can also get out of control, i dont know why i worry so much ive done it all my life and has always been about work relationships either family or partners plus money issues on top of that let alone worrying about being accepted in society and then to add i worried aboy what people thought of me, i put it down to the lack of self esteem that was missing from childhood, coming from parents who were on occasions abusive to me verbally as well as physically with no interaction into the direction in life that i feel i should of been given, im pretty sure the way the worrying has been installed was by threats from my parents and later by employers eg, if you dont do this and wait til your dad gets home or in work, the way your going your going to be sacked or in some cases the business is not doing so well. So those are the seeds that have been sown through out life and so the worrying grew to the point where it unbearable, it creates a stressful world to live in but thankfully i have managed to calm that down and labelled the worrying into plans, dont get me wrong i still have my moments.