Fiction or Fact
A great deal of conversations I’ve had with family and friends regarding stress in their lives is based on fiction. The big fear of the unknown or “what-ifs”. I wonder if the same amount of energy used towards stressing over hypothetical scenarios could be shifted to reality.
Facts seem to get lost in the tornado of attempting to predict the future. These predictions that cause stress are not based on many,if any facts. For some reason, the false reality is more seductive than what is truly present.
For example, being stressed out over the possibility of losing your job. Even though there has not been any true signals/reasons that your job is in jeopardy-the hypothetical scenarios seem real. So most of your energy is spent on planning for these false future moments which results in a high level of stress. Meanwhile, real opportunities and life experiences are passing by unnoticed.
I find myself exhausted by the back and forth that happens. On one end, I want to be that supportive person to bounce ideas off of to help the other person come to peace with a decision. But the other aspect of exerting so much energy towards a fake scenario seems like a huge waste of time. Imagination and planning is great but shouldn’t be the source of a high level of stress, anxiety, or a poor quality of lifestyle.
I think being more conscious about what is truly real in life can help:
- Reduce stress by simplifying your thoughts
- Allow more time in the present moment instead of being consumed by imaginary scenarios
- Make more rational decisions instead of emotional
- More energy to explore your true passions and things that build up a positive spirit