Remember when you were younger and had all these plans for what you wanted to achieve at different stages of your life? Get your first kiss at 15, a well-paying job at 22, get engaged at 24, have your first kid by the time you are 26, and gain financial freedom at 35, and so on.
Have you achieved all that you wanted? Why do you feel like time is running out if you haven’t managed to accomplish all the goals you set for yourself? Time anxiety is a real thing that many people experience, whether because they have set some goals that they are no longer sure of their ability to accomplish or because of society’s expectations.
There are many reasons you could be feeling like you are running out of time to do certain things or achieve particular life milestones. Nowadays, there is a lot of pressure to be a certain way at various ages that even some people as young as 18 feel the pressure to have achieved major goals in life just because it is expected of them. 23-year-olds feel like they are running out of time to move out of their parent’s house and find a well-paying job. 29-year-olds feel like they should have all their sh*t figured out by the time they hit 30.
But why do we keep putting so much unnecessary pressure on ourselves and letting others dictate what we should have achieved at particular points in our lives? If you have been feeling like you are running out of time lately, here are some tips on how to stop it and embrace your life as it is.
How To Stop Feeling Like You Are Running Out of Time
- Go at your own pace
Everybody is in their own time zone. Don’t feel pressured to have the same things someone else has or what you are expected to have just because it is expected of you. No one else should have the power to tell you how fast you should be going because that is your responsibility.
Yes, your friend got their dream job at 22, but you can also get yours at 35 or 50, and that is okay. You will be a happier, more satisfied person when you accept that you have a unique path and purpose that only you can fulfill. To stop feeling like you are running out of time,
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The other person’s strides might be bigger, or they might have taken a shorter route, but the destination is the same for all of us.
- Set realistic goals and Be flexible to changes
Having high expectations sets you up for failure. Many people set goals inspired by what they have seen from others or because they are expected to have achieved various things at a particular age, leading to them feeling like time is running out if they haven’t.
When the deadline approaches and they have not yet accomplished what they set out to do, they feel a lot of pressure and anxiety, making attaining the goals even more difficult.
To stop feeling like you are running out of time, learn to set meaningful, realistic goals that set you up for success and happiness in your personal and professional life. In case things don’t work out the way you hoped, you should also be flexible to change your expectations to avoid feeling like you have failed.
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- Practice positive affirmations
Life dissatisfaction and negative thoughts about inadequacy are some of the reasons why you could be feeling like time is running out. If you keep telling yourself that you are running out of time to do something, you will start to believe it and this can cripple your ability to go after it.
So, the first thing you have to do to stop feeling like you are running out of time is to not allow words like, ‘I don’t have time’ or ‘If I don’t do XX by the time I’m X years old, I will be a failure’ into your mind.
Also, you could replace them with affirmations for abundance that remind you that you are enough and have enough time to do anything you want. Not only will you develop a positive outlook, but also you will regain control over your life.
As a teenager, it is easier to achieve many significant goals in a short time, from grades in class to awards in sports. However, this momentum doesn’t always spill over to adulthood for most people. It might take more time to accomplish your goals because they are more meaningful and require more work and effort. One way to learn how to stop feeling like you are running out of time is by becoming more patient with yourself if things do not seem to be working out as fast as you want.
There is a reason why there is a saying that ‘Patience is a virtue.’ So what if you are turning 30 and haven’t figured your life out yet? There are so many famous people who only became successful after 40. While someone else could have achieved a lot at a young age, that doesn’t mean there is no chance of you achieving the same things just because it hasn’t happened yet. It is never too late to be successful.
Who knows, perhaps the reason you haven’t gotten there yet is that better things are in store for you. Learn to be patient but at the same time keep working towards your goals. Trust the process.
- Reduce screen time
Using social media platforms too much is another reason why you might be feeling like you are running out of time. These platforms make people compare themselves unfairly with their age mates, especially those who seem to be doing much better than they are, resulting in feelings of inadequacy and life dissatisfaction.
Reducing your social media use is one of the most effective ways to stop feeling like you are running out of time. If you don’t see how others are doing, you can’t compare yourself with them, and instead, you will focus on your own growth and achievements.
- Life is not that serious
Stop taking life too seriously and learn to just enjoy the ride. Feeling as if life is just passing you by, and like you are running out of time to do particular things can be overcome by a change in mindset.
Finding something to be grateful for every day is one way to stop feeling like you are running out of time. Instead of focusing on what you have not achieved in life, think of what you have achieved. Get yourself out of your head and learn to live in the moment. Find joy in everything, celebrate your small victories and have fun on your life’s journey. No one is getting out alive anyway.
The feeling like you are running out of time to do particular things is very common, especially as you approach the ages that you are ‘supposed’ to have achieved some of life’s major milestones. However, using the above tips can help you stop this feeling and become more satisfied with your life.
You don’t owe anyone anything, so stop putting all that pressure on yourself to try to please others. The only person you owe a full and happy life is yourself, so do things that make you happy and work towards achieving your goals at your own pace. You are exactly where you are supposed to be!
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