How To Be Comfortable With The Unknown (Even When It’s Scary), According To Psychology

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Let us let you in on a little secret. Do you know what the scariest part of the unknown is? It’s the lack of control. After all, how could you be comfortable with something when you do not even know what that something is yet? We tend to try to gain as much control as possible over ourselves, situations, and even others. It’s how we’re conditioned. This not only gives us power, but makes us feel safe because we can predict outcomes and even manipulate them.

So when that’s all taken away, is there still a way to be comfortable with the unknown? Psychology says yes, and here’s how.

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Become Curious, Not Fearful

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Did you know that it’s actually possible to trick the mind? You can rewire the way it thinks if you tell it what to do. So every time you’re in a state of fear over the unknown, try taking a stance of curiosity about it. Instead of saying, “I’m scared because something bad could happen,” say, “I wonder what is in store for me?”

Being in a state of curiosity holds acceptance for the future rather than the frustration of not being to predict it. In fact, when you get curious about what’s to come, you can actually get excited and release different chemicals into your brain. All of a sudden, you’re not worried anymore about all the possible things that could go wrong but excited about all the ones that could go right.

Focus On What You Can Control

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Oscar Keys / Unsplash

The good news is while there is a lot that you don’t know, there is a lot that you do know. Taking a moment to focus on that can be a calming process and provide a level of certainty. For example, you know your own strength, you know your support system, and maybe you even have had similar experiences that you can learn from. The more you remind yourself of what you can control and are certain of, the more empowered you will feel going into the unknown.

You may even take the time to control small things to give yourself that feeling. For example, you can control what you eat and how you exercise so that you can be in the best shape to tackle the unknown, or you can control your routine so that you’re in the right mindset…

Place Your Faith In The Bigger Picture

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Think of where you are right now. Even if it’s not ideal, you’re clothed, you’re alive, you have a roof over your head, you have people that love you…somehow things have always worked out even when at the moment it seemed like there was no way out. You’ve come so far and you’re only going further. So whatever is to come, as unknown as it is, will may either be a challenge, a lesson, or a blessing but in all cases in the grand scheme of things, it’s only going to push you further.

So when you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the “what ifs” put your faith in the bigger picture. No matter how it plays out, the outcome will somehow still serve you. Maybe there is even a higher power at work, or the universe itself, that is guiding you on your path.

Trust Your Intuition

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When you can’t predict an outcome simply because it hasn’t happened yet, your intuition might be one step ahead of you. Based on all the experiences that you’ve ever encountered both on a conscious and subconscious level, your intuition has gathered enough information to be able to “sense” what lies in the unknown.

If you take the time to listen inwards, you might hear its warnings or encouragement to proceed a certain way. What your intuition tells you may not always be logical or make sense in the movement, but that’s because intuition relies on a sense or feeling that defies logic. It’ll help you differentiate what is real from what is simply rooted in fear and to understand your own needs as you dive deeper into the unknown.

Embrace The Mystery

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What is life if not a series of unpredictale events? But that mystery should be exciting. There is no way for you to know who you’ll meet and what opportunities are still coming your way but the possibility that the next person you meet could be your soulmate or the next opportunity could open the door you’ve always hoped to step through is exciting!

Rather than staying up all night playing out every possible worst-case scenario to try to prepare yourself for it, only play out the best one. You have the power to actually manifest exactly the outcome that you hope for. So visualize it, believe in it ad wait for it. The more you can do that, the more comfortable you will be with the unknown because you’ll know that it eventually will lead you to what you’ve been looking for.

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