For many of us the world feels like a pretty uncertain place at the moment. Our minds are filled with concerns about what the future holds; if things will ever return to normal? Life as we know has changed. And with change comes many uncertainties but also opportunity for growth.
"Research shows that people react differently to uncertainty and that those with a higher intolerance for uncertainty may be less resilient and more prone to low mood, negative or down feelings, and anxiety." - https://bit.ly/3b2ImFn
Naturally, our brains react to fear in one of three ways - fight, flight, or freeze. More than ever we need to learn how to manage the way we react to fear to better adjust to life's changes. Below are four tips to help you on your way.
Regain a well-structured routine
More than ever your mental and physical health can benefit from a well-structured routine. A routine reduces the fear of the unknown. Many people are struggling to cope during this time because their routines have been completely disrupted and the need to adapt to a new one is proving more challenging.
"The (largely artificial) walls that once divided work, school, and living environments have come down. And as we enter uncharted territory, attempting to integrate them, we face a massive adjustment." - Marie Bryson
Regain control of your time
Ask yourself: Who controls my life? At the moment it could be the amount of time you spend washing, cooking, cleaning, taking care of family members or clients. The way you spend you time has changed and that can take some time to get used to.
Try and regain control by establishing how you spend time during your day. Again, a well-structured routine can help you feel more in control.
"A far more effective and positive way of looking at life is to take the view that you are responsible for yourself, your choices, your actions. It is up to you to create your own opportunities and take the initiative for getting what you want out of life." - Linda Adams, President of Gordon Training International
Stop living your life in worst-case scenarios
We tend to dwell on the things we fear. It can be the most insignificant thing but in times of uncertainty, it can grow into something so much bigger.
Regain focus. Remember the things you can control. A good place to start is today - focus on the here and now - bring your mind back to the present when you feel your thoughts wandering.
Limit your exposure to social media and news platforms
Try your absolute best to manage the amount of time you spend on social media and news platforms. These platforms are instant fear-triggers! And reading an upsetting news story or a comment just before bed or even as you start your day can cause unwanted distress.
While social media aims to connect it can have the opposite effect and make you feel more isolated. Taking control of the amount of time to spend scrolling through timelines can help with boosting your self-esteem and free up your time for more important things.
Take preventive health measures
Take the responsibility to know your health risk factors and educate yourself on the preventive health measure available to you. This includes your family health history, age, sex, lifestyle, and more.
Some risk factors are within your control and with the correct preventive care like your diet, physical and mental activity, alcohol and cigarette use you can manage or even stop a disease in its tracks.
There’s only one thing you should do during this time and that is to breathe. Breathe deeply and bring your focus back to the here and now. Remember, if you are struggling to manage stress or coping with uncertainty on your own, ask for help.
Stay home. Stay healthy.
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