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I am very anxious about my future, what shall I do?

Q: I am 24 years old and an engineering graduate. I worked at two places within the last two years and am presently jobless. This is causing a lot of anxiety about my future. I am feeling guilty about my past as my present position would have been better if I had worked harder in the past. I cannot concentrate on anything and it is making me more inefficient in my efforts to improve. A kind of void exists within me, which is now filled with negative thoughts. I have a lot of anxiety and worry about my future. My self-image is very influenced by what people say about me and this is causing a lot of concern at the present moment.

A:This is a fairly common problem that young people like yourself experience. One way to deal with the situation is to re-evaluate the past and understand the factors that might have interfered with your ability to focus and work hard. Also try and do a goal setting exercise where you try and figure what you would like to be 5 years from now, 2 years from now and finally a year from now. Then work backwards and identify the steps you need to take to accomplish these goals. The only way to feel better is to take control of the situation and even if you take small steps now you will be able to counter your negative thoughts.

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