Why Do You Really Hate Being Late?

Do you have a fear of being late? If you’re like me, you hate the feeling of being late and would prefer to be early to things. Check out the following reasons being late may be making you upset and what you can do about it.


1. You Have A Fear Of Missing Out

Some of us fear that if we’re late, we will miss out on something and as a result be left out of conversation or shunned in some way. These feelings often relate to a fear of being left behind. My friends and I jokingly refer to this as FOMO (fear of missing out), but for many it is a legitimate fear. 

2. You Don’t Want To Waste Time

We know that our time is limited, and feeling that we are wasting it can connect us to this fear. Sometimes being late can trigger a question in us, such as “Am I getting the most value out of my life as I can?” If we feel as though we are spending too much of our time on unimportant things, we may feel as though we wasted an opportunity to contribute more to the world.

3. You Don’t Feel That You Are In Control

When we’re stuck in traffic, for example, we may be angered that we can’t control our time. But not sweating the small stuff can ultimately make us happier. The next time you’re stuck in traffic, you can use the time to reflect on the day’s events or practice being mindful- being totally in the present moment.

Here Are Other Ways To Help Reduce Time Anxiety:

Notice What’s Going On Inside Of You

Take notice of any changes in mood that you experience when you’re getting ready to go somewhere. Maybe your time anxiety causes anger or irritability. When you become aware of this, take a step back and be mindful of what’s going on internally.

Think About Potential Consequences

Once you understand why you’re feeling anxious, think about the consequences of this action. This may give you some perspective so that you can manage your emotions and not let them overwhelm you.

Imagine Being Late

Imagining ourselves being late can give us some insight into how we will feel if that happens. More likely than not, our time anxiety is much more intrusive and scary than what it will actually feel like if we are late. This realization can help to calm us down quite a bit.



Remember to consult your physician or chiropractor before taking any health advice.

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