The future and how we feel about it can make us feel overwhelmed, either by the amount of choice, or lack of it.
Thinking about the ‘the future’, some people have a very clear map of what road they hope to take. Others are less certain. We may experience a range of emotions including confusion, frustration, anger or sadness.
Why do we worry about the future?
Many young people who come to Jigsaw have concerns about the future that have a significant impact on their mental health. Some of the things causing people concern when they think about the future include:
- Changes within the family environment, such as a new step-parent, or the birth of a new sibling. Uncertainty and fear of being displaced or rejected in some way can be a cause of anxiety.
- Someone close to them dying. Previous experience of bereavement can lead to feelings of panic or anxiety.
- Parents separating. In some cases, it can come as a shock to know that your parents were unhappy, and lead to mistrust and uncertainty about your role in the family.
- Uncertainty about what to do. Some young people feel pressure to get a job rather than go to college. While others feel they have no option other than to do a university course. Areas with low employment can force young people away when they might prefer to stay.
- Eco-anxiety. Increased focus on climate change can be a great source of anxiety for some young people. They can feel powerless and cheated about the state of the environment.
Why do we have these worries?
The future can seem quite negative due to certain events and situations around the world, Brexit, lack of jobs, high cost of living. Stories about these come in our news feeds 24/7. It’s hardly surprising that we start to feel anxiety about what the future may hold. We might imagine the world is never going to be the same, or there is never going to be safety or certainty.