Worried about the future? The science behind coping with uncertainty.

This title belongs to an excellent article in the latest issue of the New Scientist. With current issues such as Brexit creating plenty of uncertainty, plus an increase in the numbers of us experiencing anxiety, the article looks at the latest science on worrying about the future. The article can be found here

The authors look at psychological factors that influence how tolerant or intolerant we are towards the future. They also include an Uncertainty Test that can help you discover your levels of tolerance, and outline some practical ways you can deal with anxiety about the future.

As a therapist and coach, I see anxiety as an ’emotion of the future’. As the article states, ‘Our brains are geared towards predicting the future…’ This means that certain areas of our brains are already in our future looking back at our present. If they don’t like what they see, they let us know through triggering anxiety.

If therapy and coaching are about anything, they are about engaging with and reassuring our future selves. ‘Don’t worry, I’m on to it,’ we might say to them. By building trust and self-belief, flexibility and adaptability, therapy and coaching can really help with future-based anxiety.

Getting support for anxiety

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