Wow, who would’ve thought 2020 was going to be the year we are all sanctioned to our homes and instructed to physically disconnect and that it is absolutely mandatory because our health and the health of others depends on it.
We didn’t see that coming and yet here we are all faced with the same situation and doing what we can to cope in order to maintain our wellbeing. I’m going to share with you 6 tips for how to cope in times of uncertainty and why it is so very important that we take extra care of ourselves during this time.
Right now, we are all very much aware we are living in times of uncertainty and are feeling stressed, worried, and fearful. But think about this, are we ever living in times of certainty? We can never predict what’s coming our way and yet until we are faced with a crisis, such as the Corona Virus, we go about our lives not thinking about the uncertainty of what will happen tomorrow, next week, or next year.
The answer to this is quite simple, FEAR. Fear, the unpleasant emotion that is caused by the belief that we are in danger and our safety is threatened. This sounds pretty accurate given what the world is facing. Fear creates negative thoughts that undermine our ability to think clearly, make rational decisions, and stay focused.
When any crisis hits, whether it’s a pandemic, divorce, loss of employment, being diagnosed with a serious illness it shakes us up and can create sheer panic, anxiety, and depression if we let it. It is during these times that we need to really show ourselves some love and remain calm and grounded.
Coping in Times of Uncertainty
1 Make Time for Quietness Each Day
This allows you to listen for truth and direction from your inner wisdom. It will allow you to reconnect and ground yourself during times of uncertainty when fear is driving your thoughts. You can choose to look at this time as an opportunity to rediscover who you are and in tern will generate strength and wisdom to guide you through.
For me, meditating and yoga have proven to keep me grounded, they provide me a sense of relaxation and allow me to just be where I am with whatever is happening around me.
2 Reflection – How Life Was Before and How Life will be Moving Forward
Take a look at how your life was before the crisis struck. The reality is, your life won’t look exactly the same once you come through the storm. I read a post not long ago that said this “before rushing back to normal, consider what parts of normal are worth rushing back to”. I love this quote by Dave Hollis, the President of the theatrical distribution of Walt Disney Studios. Things will change, so take this opportunity to think about what your new normal will look and what you can change when the crisis is over.
3 Focus on Things you Have Control Over
When you are faced with uncertainty, you are not in control of how the outcome will play out and left with fear, anxiousness, or even depression. Focus on the things you do have control over, get up each day, and set a realistic to-do list for yourself, by checking items off your list you will feel a sense of productivity and accomplishment.
You have control over what your day will look like and how you will react to what is happening around you. Focusing on how you control these areas will give you strength and help you focus less on what you don’t have control over.
4 Socially Connect and Seek Out Professional Supports if Necessary
It’s important to stay socially connected during times of uncertainty, especially during times where we are instructed to physically disconnect. We are social beings and need connection during these times now more than ever. Now is the time to register for a Skype or Zoom account, arrange a virtual trivia night with your best peeps, however you do it, just do it!
Social connections remind us that we are not alone and that we are loved. It does the same for your loved ones, so take the initiative and get connecting.
Seeking out professional supports may be necessary and if you are considering this, there are many options available to you to get the help you need. You can even access online therapy which is extremely helpful during a pandemic or if you are struggling to leave your home due to your mental health.
5 Show Gratitude
This is important especially during times of uncertainty, it actually aligns with reflection and focusing on things you have control over mentioned in the earlier tips. Showing gratitude allows you to focus on the wonderful things you are grateful for, keep a gratitude journal and make it apart of your daily routine to write 3 things down every day you are thankful for.
Grateful People = Happy People
6 Find Humor in Every Day
I say this lightly, but confidently. When we’re are faced with uncertainty and feeling fearful it can be difficult to find humor. In our current situation, we’re dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and people are becoming very ill, many losing their lives and financial hardships have been imposed on families and business and many of us are fearful that the virus will threaten our families or our own health and while that is no laughing matter, we need to find ways to lessen the stresses to better cope with the uncertainty.
When you find little humor every day it lessens the stress hormones, lowers blood pressure, and makes you more resistant to infection. Take time every day to watch funny videos or sitcoms, make a Tik Tok video of your pet acting silly, or share some funny jokes with your family. Whatever you do, it will help to lessen the stress, help you cope and benefit your wellbeing.
When crisis strikes and you fear uncertainty these can be extremely stressful times for a person, establishing some strategies that will help you cope to weather – the – storm is essential for your wellbeing. The tips I’ve provided above are strategies that can be done with any crisis you currently face.
Right now, at the time of this post, the world is facing a pandemic and coping with uncertainty and for many, this is extremely difficult and overwhelming. If you are struggling with coping, I encourage you to reach out and talk to someone, a family member, friend, doctor, or therapist. You are not alone and through connection and shared experiences, we will get through this together.
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Leave me a comment and let me know how you are managing with the pandemic crisis or any other crisis you may be facing at this time. The important thing to remember is that you are not alone.