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How to calm anxiety about your future.

There are three time zones each of us deal with: past, present and future.

How well you navigate your relationship with these three time zones greatly determines the quality of your life.

If you have a crappy relationship with your past?

Well you drag it into your present and your future.

If you have a crappy relationship with the present?

You go to the past and the future and never quite get things grounded.

And what if you have a crappy relationship with the future?

Well – that is just a formula for anxiety.

Trust me, I am well associated with each time zone. Each has created stress, anxiety and regret. But – when we make peace with these time zones, we begin to live the life we really want.

For this blog, I just want to focus on the future.

Here are some of the ways I deal with anxiety about the future.

1. Look for evidence that all your needs are met.
Look around right now. You are alive. You are breathing. You have everything you need to survive. Remembering that I am okay right now – that’s a biggie.

2. Calm your mind.
There is biochemistry to anxiety. Much of our anxiety is in our brain. Take 10-20 minutes to meditate. If you don’t think you have time or you are too stressed to meditate – then you definitely need to do it. My favorite meditation is Hemi-sync.

3. Move
Nothing calms me more than Kundalini Yoga. Find a local class or head on over to YogaGlo.com for amazing classes on the internet. Get to the gym. Move your body. This produces endorphins and helps you feel better. Sometimes all you need is a good old fashion sweat.

4. Get your diet right
When I eat too much sugar, gluten or inflammatory foods – it’s hard for me to remain in a positive and healthy mindset. Food has a major effect on how we feel. Take out: all non-raw dairy, gluten and sugar. You might detox for a couple days, but you’ll feel better. Also – up your greens and get in 32 oz of green juice per day.

5. Drink water
Being dehydrated is not good for your system. Drink at least 8-10 glasses of water per day.

6. Create a vision board
We can forget what we want. When you have a vision board it helps to remind you of your goals each and every day.

7. Surround yourself with positive people.
You can tell how far you go in life based on the expectations of your peer group. When you have awesome friends, people who lift you up – this can help with your future tripping.

8. Get a coach or therapist.
Get someone you can tell the truth to. Someone who can give you expert advice and a mature perspective on your life. Every successful athlete or individual has coaches and mentors that can see their blind spots.

9. Get grateful.
When you focus on the things that you are already grateful for – you see more things to be grateful for. This can be huge. Many times we future trip because we are only thinking about the bad or negative stuff. Train your mind to also look for what’s going well and what you can be grateful for.

10. Surrender it all
Trust that your whole life is organized and arranged by The Divine. Surrender the outcome. Know that things are happening perfectly. And even though they may not make sense right now – it will. Just take one step. Don’t worry about the whole journey. Know that the Divine is watching over you and guiding you. Trust the process.

11. Take courageous action
Many time we are stressed about the future because we know there are things we can be doing now. But many times those things really scare us. Get courageous and take action. Courageous action is the name of the game.

I hope these have helped you understand how you can stop future tripping.

Below – let me know how you are going to apply these in your life and/or how you destress.

Lots of LOVE,

Mastin

P.S. Take what resonates and leave the rest.

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  • Talya Price

    Thank you for this. I think if you stay in the present moment you will suffer less anxiety. It is also good to go on a fast for a couple of days. It can clear out your system and your mind. I think the comedian Joe Derosa said it best on one of his podcasts: “F@#$K the Future. And that is true, think about the present moment.

    • The Daily Love

      Thanks for sharing this today Talya! :) – Team Daily Love

  • Cath

    Great tips…but what’s #10?

    • The Daily Love

      Great catch Cath! Thanks for pointing this out :) fixed! <3 – Team Daily Love

  • In the Moment

    Living in the present is a skill and it takes practice. Having gratitude for what you have is something I do EVERYDAY is it works wonders! I started doing it years ago after hearing Oprah talk about her gratitude journal and my life started improving very quickly…as in days. I find myself doing this in romantic/love relationships and to me, my relationships looks awesome. I focus on the good, talk about the good, think about the good, but a problem (I think) is that I don’t dwell on the bad. I just got out of a relationship that had so much good. That is where my head stayed 98% of the time! The good was AMAZING. However, my partner liked to talk about the things that were wrong, wanted a analyze them, figure out how it would impact our future, thinking about how every word I said or every action I took could potentially result in bad things. Wow, what a struggle! I’m a 50 year old, divorced mother of two young adults, a daughter who is a junior in college and a son starting grad school. I’m a successful, self-employed broker working with seniors everyday to help them make when they transition to Medicare. I rarely make stupid choices that result in anything BAD. He is a C-level exec in a huge publicly-traded company and his job is to foresee every problem imaginable and solve every problem when they reach his level! He is wired to see problems before they happen. I tried to explain to him that love is not business. We can focus on our good stuff. He didn’t think we needed to talk about the good stuff, it would keep getting better all by itself. So we’d often talk about what wasn’t working and we broke up. He failed to see that we could be living in the amazing in the present. How do you balance the two? I think I may sweep things under the carpet staying so focused in the present, in the good.

    • The Daily Love

      Thanks for sharing and reading today In The Moment! We think having a healthy relationship with all three time zones is really important. Being present can be such a game changer too! <3 – Team Daily Love

  • kstaran

    Mastin, as always, you have inspired me yet again! Many, many blessings to you, and please DO keep up your awesome work! I have some ideas for potential venues in the Detroit area, so email me, and I can send them to you!

    • The Daily Love

      Thanks for reading and we are grateful to have you a part of the Daily Love community Kstaran! Did you see we’ll be at the Westin in Detroit? You can find the info here: https://tickets.brightstarevents.com/event/3862994 we hope to see you there Kstaran!! <3 – Team Daily Love

  • angela

    I think I will get a life coach.

    • The Daily Love

      Powerful Angela! Let us know how it goes :) – Team Daily Love

  • Tara Norton-Hayford

    I just started my spiritual journey. I am in a relationship with a man who I’m madly in love with but am afraid the feelings are mutual. I know he has feelings for another woman that is married, even though she lives 15 hours away. This hurts me deeply. I have never felt like I am losing control, but my mind is a video that plays over and over of what I PERCEIVE goes on in my boyfriend’s mind. He assures me that he loves me but his actions don’t always confirm that. I need peace and so I am trying to live in the now and believe that all that I need is right here, right now. I watch Super Soul Sunday episodes every day (I record them, which is where I first saw Mastin and logged onto his site). I scour self help books, started meditating and I have been working hard to change the story in my head. I know it takes time to learn to love yourself and I’m glad I’ve found this site. Sometimes when I’m really in need, the words Mastin writes helps me get through. I hope that as time goes on, I will be able to truly believe and feel that happiness comes from within so that regardless of my circumstances, I can feel peace and love. Thank you Mastin for such a wonderful site!

    • The Daily Love

      So beautiful Tara! Thanks for sharing your story with us and what helps best for you :) so inspiring! Grateful to have you here and a part of the community! – Team Daily Love

  • KT

    I have done a lot of work on myself including seeing a therapist and making peace with the past and being much happier in the present. As a result I made some major changes and got myself out of debt, did some studying and got myself the most amazing job supporting vulnerable young adults/teenagers emotionally and practically that has made me feel so privileged and incredbly happy as i feel it’s what I was meant to do. It brings me an energy that nothing else has ever done before and makes me feel quite fulfilled and purposeful. However, I am still living with my family (a decision I made so I could deal with the debt) and I am still single and another birthday is coming and I’m no closer to the family and the home I want. I have good periods where I am very present then a stark reminder of the lack of those things will appear and I fall off the wagon. I’m now in the so-called danger zone, age wise, to have children and no closer to having this. I don’t have the real drive to go out and meet anyone nor do I have much money as working for a charity doesn’t pay that well sadly. Any help that anyone can give would be greatly appreciated. I have come such a long way and I am so much happier than I have ever been. I have so much to offer I just feel I’m losing time.

    • Tara Norton-Hayford

      Hi KT,
      I believe that you will meet the right person at the right time. It seems that we never meet others when we are searching, it just happens when we least expect it. You should be proud of all that you have accomplished. Having a job that you love is so important. Have you ever thought about fostering children? There are so many kids that need the kind of love and commitment you could provide. It doesn’t cost anything like adoption does and it could lead to you having the child in your life that you seem to so desperately want. Many times foster children are able to be adopted. Hope this helps and I wish you love and happiness. Keep believing that you will have that family someday and it will happen.

      • KT

        Hi Tara
        Thanks so much for your reply and encouragement. I have thought about Fostering but I woudln’t be able to do that and my job at the same time and I really love being part of a team as I am at the moment. I would also neeed a house and renting (forget buying!) in London is out of the question if it was to be big enough. You can pay nearly two thirds of your rent on rent and bills in this city just for a one bed flat or even just a studio. It’s a very tough city in that sense though I love it and wouldn’t want to be anywhere else to be honest. i’m sure I’ll get there eventually.

        Thanks, K

    • The Daily Love

      Sounds like you are on the right path KT! Thanks so much for opening up and sharing your story with us :) We’re sure many can relate who are reading and a part of this community. Grateful you are here and sending you lots of Love <3 – Team Daily Love

  • Hailey

    Exactly what I need right now! Thank you Mastin

    • The Daily Love

      Perfect Hailey!! <3 – Team Daily Love

  • Chari

    When I’m stressed, I find a place where I can be alone for a couple of minutes. I think about the situation. I may cry, I may burst my anger, I throw out all my emotions. It feels great after. Then I try to assess the situation. I ask myself if I’m overreacting to the situation. I ask myself what I should do. I pray for His guidance. I tap. Then I leave the room feeling much better.

    • The Daily Love

      Beautiful Chari!! Love this! Thanks for sharing what works for you :) – Team Daily Love

  • Allison

    Mastin, please come to St Louis! And thank you for your amazing blogs that really help me

  • Jules

    Love this blog. It’s a great reminder. I am usually quite good at staying in the present moment but occasionally my thoughts wander to the future and I have to consciously bring it back to the now. I meditate daily and am interested to know what the Hemi- sync meditation is? Thank you

  • Kebflower

    This is a great blog post but not everyone can aford organic foods or hire a coach. Also that it’s hard to focus when your heart is wrestling with your belifes and finding what’s truth and what’s not. Ok, enough with the negitive, here’s the positive. I have several projects I’m working on and focusing my energy onto those. I do art, write and reserch and have fund out that that is my bliss. This blog is very inspiring and I enjoy reading your work eventhough I don’t always agree with you. Your “Daily Love” veiews have been very helpful for me through the years. ;)

  • heatheraleese

    I found this single blog to be EXTREMELY informative and helpful. All of your articles are meant to teach and inform, but I decided to take this and make it personal. I thank you for discussing these anxiety topics, and bringing them into the light where they can be healed. Thank you.

  • Tara Norton-Hayford

    I have been thinking about buying a home, something I’ve been wanting to do for a long time. I worry about not having enough money and the fear and anxiety that comes along with that but I am taking the leap. I realize that I will probably never have enough money but that putting my trust in the universe and having faith in myself has pushed me in this direction for a reason. In the past I’ve talked about it and looked at homes but this time around I actually got pre-approved for a loan. I’m guessing there is a reason why I went a little further this time around.