By Jeff Wright

Okay, I’m guilty, too.

I freak out about my future all the time. When I graduated college, I didn’t have a job lined up. Things weren’t perfectly laid out like I thought they would be. I knew I could worry and complain about it, and nobody would tell me not to. But I knew I shouldn’t. Instead, I tried to put my energy into these three things that make this time worthwhile.

  1. Put effort into shaping your future.

Stress is natural, but if you don’t take charge of your own life, you’re going to be stressed forever. For example, I could constantly worry about getting a job, but that wouldn’t help me actually get one. Instead, it’s better to fight for what you want and, in turn, earn it. A little stress can be good motivation, but too much will only prevent you from achieving what you ultimately want.

  1. Spend your time in reflection and meditation.

Okay – I don’t mean to literally meditate. If true meditation works for you, then by all means, go for it. What I’m suggesting is to simply calm down and take time out of your day to just think. There are many benefits to this, the most important of which is the reduction of stress. By reflecting and meditating, you will relax your mind and be better prepared to think clearly and reasonably about your future.

  1. Spend your time doing something enjoyable.

This idea in and of itself will stress some people out, but give it a chance. My advice is to not blow off other things, but rather enjoy them and just have fun. All I’m saying is it’s okay to take a break and do something you love. It’s good for you to be happy and have a nice distraction. This can be as simple as taking an hour break to watch television, go hiking or grab lunch with friends. Don’t let stress tear you apart.

These three ideas have tremendously helped me, and I hope they can do the same for you during stressful times.