We are living in uncertain times. No one knows exactly how or when this coronavirus pandemic will end — or what it will mean for our lives and the lives of our loved ones in the future.
There’s so much to worry about: health, finances, even our social fabric. But you are much more than you think.
Here are three things you can to get more comfortable with uncertainty.
Turn off the noise –
Limit your access to the news media. When we’re stressed about something, it can be hard to look away. But compulsively checking the news only keeps you wound up. Try to limit your check-ins and avoid the news during vulnerable times of day, such as right before bedtime or first thing in the morning.
Be kind to yourself –
The way you treat yourself is under your control, so take a load off and congratulate yourself for doing the best you can. Some people are better at dealing with uncertainties than others, so don’t beat yourself up if your tolerance for unpredictability is lower than a friend’s. Remind yourself that it might take time for the stressful situation to resolve, and be patient with yourself in the meantime.
Connect with others –
Stay socially connected as much as you can. When we’re isolated, cut off from others, and stuck alone in our heads, our ability to cope with uncertainty erodes. Reaching out to others is the best way to maintain emotional balance and weaken the pull of runaway thoughts of uncertainty.
This pandemic that we’re all going through feels unprecedented — but the feeling of uncertainty is not. People live through all kinds of scary things all the time. Many times, it’s during the uncertainty that you discover what you’re capable of doing. When you feel overwhelmed, remember that you are more than you think!
We will make it through!