Uncertain times can get the better of us. When so much is on the line, you begin to feel lost and desperate for a definitive answer. And you want it now. It’s almost as if you’re bargaining with fate. Chances are you’re bored and there’s nothing more to be done about your circumstances, except to wait anxiously.
You could only stay quiet for so long. Or can you actually pull that off?
Patience goes a long way. It’s another problem on its own, but a solvable one. Patience is a learned behaviour so don’t expect yourself to master the art overnight. All in all, no one really holds onto patience so perfectly; there are times we lose sight of it. It’s all done in the name of trying.
When we wait for something, we’re often waiting with something, too. Sometimes, our minds get accompanied with thoughts of alarming worry, or even the worst extremes, despair and regret. We feel overwhelmed. Optimism isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but I can assure that the best of its properties are somewhere along the bitterness.
So, remember how your parents used to ground you for weeks on end for a misdemeanour you made as a child? Well, this is a different sort of grounding because this time, it’s going to be on your terms.
Racing thoughts are inconsistent, rapid thought patterns that we have little to no control over. Everything that pops into your mind feels spontaneous and so random you can’t make sense of any of it. Your mind is clearly still active; restless, even if your body is feeling otherwise. It gets easy to feel overwhelmed by it.
Sometimes, it’s a symptom of depression or anxiety, or even, both. It is entirely possible for the two psychological abnormalities to be a comorbidity of each other. The underlying root is the same: we hold onto negative expectations, and believe it to be inescapable.
But you’re not alone! It happens to everyone and at any moment in their lives. It’s just another one of life’s long series of solvable problems.