Impending Doom

Something bad will happen


Have you ever been feeling happy and joyful and then suddenly you are gripped with anxiety or fear. You just know that something bad will happen, you don’t know what it is but something. Maybe you have had a bad dream in the night and you wake up feeling anxious and unsettled or maybe you are on the edge of your seat waiting for bad news to come. You can thank your emotion of impending doom for these feelings. 

“The past is gone, the future is not here, now I am free of both. Right now, I choose joy.”

Deepak Chopra

Impending doom can hit you like a brick or it can creep up on you slowly, gnawing at your peace of mind and happiness. On the outside you are excited about your holiday, promotion, new romance but on the inside fears and doubts are starting to set in.

Impending doom can create a variety of potential scenarios in your mind of how things may go wrong for you, or others that you care about. Perhaps your worried that you may become ill, you might die, you will fail, or that everything will come crashing down around your ears. Maybe you worry about the same eventualities occurring or perhaps it is different every time.  The common theme will be that something bad will happen and it fills you with dread. You may experience physical symptoms such as a headache, stomach ache, heart palpitations or nausea.

The first thing to remember when dealing with impending doom is that fears are never true. They may be based on a small seed of truth that has been blown out of all proportion or they may be based on a set of beliefs that you have that most likely are not true either (or at least not to the exaggerated levels that your fears would have you believe).

When you are lost in impending doom your anxieties, fears and beliefs can feel frighteningly real and very true. You can invent a myriad of reasons why your fears are justified, providing yourself and others with convincing evidence of why something bad is about to happen to you or your loved ones.

Impending doom is a disabling emotion that can have an extreme impact on your clarity, judgement, actions and feelings. If you can fully examine this emotion, dissecting the feelings and beliefs that are part of it then it will be easier for you to get back to a place of calm and clarity when you are triggered.

Once you have examined and fully understood this emotion, the feelings associated with it and the beliefs that surround it, you can then view the situation or event in an unhindered way, seeing what is true and dealing with how you feel about it without becoming overwhelmed.