Skip to main content Skip to bottom nav

Why do we suddenly get too anxious about our future?

42 Answers
Last Updated: 09/21/2021 at 10:54pm
1 Tip to Feel Better
United States
Moderated by

Christie Belle, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy


I am a U.S. Air Force veteran and a ex-Army spouse. I am a divorced mother of two teenage boys, my youngest son has a diagnosis of autism, which I am very passionate about.

Top Rated Answers
August 15th, 2016 8:17pm
I believe, that the only reason why we get scared about our future is because we don't know what will happen. Because life is like a magic 8 ball, there are many options for it to pick but it picks a random answer. In life you can't make everything happen the way you wish it to, So you must help guide it that way you want.
August 16th, 2016 3:48pm
It's human nature. We, humans, overthink a lot and it's not healthy. But you shouldn't worry though! Half of the time we expect things to go wrong, but as i said earlier, it's just human nature.
December 5th, 2016 11:47pm
Ah, the fear of the great unknown. Nobody knows what the future holds, unless they are clairvoyant, which is more of a fictional talent than realistic. That fear of the unknown can be paralyzing to the anxious person! The important idea to remember is that nobody knows what their future holds. The best thing we can do is keep control over what is within our grasp and try to let go of worrying about what we have no control over.
March 27th, 2017 10:22pm
We get anxious because we fear the worst and sometimes forget to hope for the best. Nothing is scarier than the great unknown, but keeping calm and planning with goals can help a person stress a little less about what's yet to come.
November 7th, 2017 8:32am
I think it is the fear of the unknown. As humans most of us like to know whats coming so we can prepare ourselves accordingly. I guess humans like to be in control of our lives so what we can’t see coming ultimately scares us and makes us feel vulnerable hence, leaving us to feel anxious
December 4th, 2017 4:37am
Because we are too afraid that we are not going to have a good life in the future and we are afraid of failing
January 2nd, 2018 8:59pm
The future is something that hasn’t yet happened, and we don’t know what will happen. Anxiety is fear based on “what-ifs” and the unknown.
July 17th, 2018 4:16pm
We suddenly get anxious because we get nervous about stuff like interacting with people and being alone etc...
January 14th, 2019 3:03am
I feel we get too anxious about our future's because it's completely unknown. There isn't any certainty in what the future will bring and it can cause us to become very anxious. Our jobs never feel 100% secure, family life can have ups and downs and personally our days can be affected by any event. Not knowing exactly what our future holds can cause lots of questions revolving around "what if"? The thoughts about how our current influences and efforts will effect our future makes it very easy to be too anxious in regards to our future. Change and uncertainty leads to anxiety.
August 17th, 2020 3:11pm
It's completely natural to get anxious about our futures. Sometimes it feels like our entire childhoods are geared to preparing us for the future and the "real world". I can say that I'm experiencing that anxiety first hand! I'm going to be a high school senior this fall, and I still have no idea what I want to do with my life. More than ever, I feel the pressure to decide quickly, but I'm also scared that I'm not going to like what I choose. Especially in this day and age where academics and careers are so competitive, it's easy to get caught up with everything and feel inferior to others. Ultimately, our goal in life is to be happy, so it's important to realize that happiness can come in all sorts of forms. Although easier said than done, it's important to live in the moment and determine our own happiness in the present.
October 12th, 2020 7:03pm
We suddenly get too anxious about our future because we feared failures or not being good enough. We may make one mistakes or bad grades and define ourselves for it. We may also have low esteem or less confidence in our ability to do better. The future is scary because we tend to easily give up, when things do not go our ways. We change paths thinking we are not good enough for our future. Most importantly, we do not give credit to ourself for doing the best that we can possibly do. We are extremely too hard on ourselves.
September 21st, 2021 10:54pm
This can be due to many factors but I feel two of the main reasons are time and expectation. When we are thinking about the future, we are actually thinking about something which we have no idea is going to take place or not which can then definitely cause one to go down a spiral of overthinking thoughts and all that. And this tends to lead us into always being in a hurry to see results instead of living in the present moment. This is a completely natural phenomenon though and I am sure everyone goes through these emotions at least once in their lives, which is why it is important to talk about all of these feelings and letting them out so that the burden of these feelings doesn’t overwhelm us and cause anxiety as anxiety is something that can be triggered in any one at any time