Uncertainty Breeds Anxiety, But Here’s How To Fix It
I have these moments where uncertainty kicks in, and I begin to feel overwhelmed, and it seems to happen out of nowhere.
I get this suffocating feeling of not having any control over anything, and the only thing I want to do is hideout until something makes sense again. Until I feel like I have some sense of direction and I actually know what I’m doing and what I’m working toward.
I’ve spent months feeling stuck. Complacent. I’ve felt like I had no sense of direction nor control, and for me, that causes me to become overly anxious.
I’m a planner by nature. I like to have a plan for everything I do because it gives me something to look forward to. Going with the flow has never been my thing.
But, these last few months I’ve had to go with the flow, not really knowing what I was doing or working toward, but knowing that stopping until I figured it out was not an option.
This time in my life has been frustrating, to say the least. It hasn’t been easy to feel unmotivated while simultaneously not knowing how to get my motivation back or what to do next.
If I’ve learned nothing else during this process, it’s to trust God. To know that no matter how I feel, it’s already worked out. There is a plan; I just haven’t been cleared to know the details yet.
This has been the ultimate test of faith and having to relinquish all control to God, which I should have done all along. I am not the pilot, and I’ve tried to be.
This experience has certainly humbled me. In the words of Kendrick Lamar, “Be humble, sit down.”
I still have no clue if I’m doing the right thing or if I should be doing something completely different, but I trust that things will fall into place as they should, when they should.
Some time from now, I’ll look back and understand why I had to be in this place. I’ll understand the sense of confusion and uncertainty, and I’ll appreciate every moment. Until then, I put my trust in God and know He has always had me covered and will always have me covered.
Much of our anxiety comes from trying to do things we shouldn’t be doing. Trying to control things we have no control over, trying to fix things we weren’t meant to fix, trying to do things we know we shouldn’t do. We create anxiety for ourselves, allowing fear and doubt to creep in when both are merely illusions.
Often, we take on so much and quickly become overwhelmed, but for many of us, we have a hard time admitting when we need help—admitting when we can’t do it on our own. All it takes is asking for help, and genuinely meaning it. And, by asking for help, I don’t necessarily mean from those around you—although they can be a source of help—I mean from a Higher Power, God, the Universe, whatever it is you’d like to call it.
When we ask for things with sincerity and believe we’ll get them, we receive those things, and it’s not something that takes forever to get. It’s almost instantaneous in some cases.
Release the things that you were never meant to carry, and allow peace to abide in your heart, mind, and life.
Even in the midst of not knowing what I’m doing, I find peace in knowing that everything will work as it should and I do not need to worry about it.