When You’re Worried About an Upcoming Task

by Rachel Miller

April 1, 2022

ABOVE : Ayush Kumar

It’s easy to feel anxious when thinking about an upcoming task, demand, or something new. Remember, anxiety can ONLY exist when your thoughts are outside of the present.


  • You will always feel anxious when you focus on an upcoming task or future outcome. Always. That’s the only reason why you’re feeling this way now.

  • Feeling this way means nothing to your ability to handle this upcoming task.
    • Recall how it always feels this way when you think ahead to something new or challenging–and you always know what to do when the time comes.
    • Feeling this way doesn’t mean it will be difficult. Everything new seems unbearable when you look ahead. Everything is doable–and often enjoyable–in the moment.

  • Focus on what you’re doing now.
    • Immerse yourself in your present task.
    • Trust that you will know what to do when the time comes–you always do.
    • Remind yourself how it always feels this way, and you always pull through. Every time.


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