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Coping in These Uncertain Times

Hello Lifers, Happy Monday!

As you go through this week, many blessings to you!

In light of what is going on worldwide, we want to share a few tips on how to cope with uncertainty. When things go as planned, we feel in control, but when life throws a curveball, it can leave us feeling anxious, stressed, and fearful. For many people, life right now feels overwhelming. No one can avoid the unexpected, but these simple steps can help you better face the current situation that we are all experiencing.

Be kind to yourself. Whatever feelings you are experiencing, be ok with them. 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. Be patient with yourself in the meantime.

Reflect on past successes. Chances are you’ve overcome stressful events in the past – and you survived! Give yourself credit. Reflect on what you did during that event that was helpful, and what you might like to do differently this time. Always remember that this moment in time is another moment in time.

Limit exposure to news. 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. Also, pay attention to the source of your news, misinformation can add to your confusion and stress.

Avoid dwelling on things you can’t control. When uncertainty unfolds, many people immediately imagine worst-case scenarios. Get out of the habit of ruminating on adverse events. Take a deep breath, step back, and focus on the facts. Focus on what you can control and find solutions if needed.

Take your advice. Ask yourself: If a friend came to me with this worry, what would I tell them? Imagining your situation from the outside can often provide perspective and fresh ideas. Take the time to speak kindly with words of encouragement to yourself. Think about calming words or stories you can tell yourself.

Stick to routines. Don’t let this current situation derail your healthy routines. Make efforts to eat well, exercise, and get enough sleep. Many people find stress release in practices such as yoga and meditation. Spend time doing what you usually do.

Seek out support. Many people isolate themselves when they’re stressed or worried. But social support is important, so reach out to family and friends. However, choose people that you trust that can uplift you, not keep you stuck in negative thought patterns. If you don’t have someone that can uplift you, check out YouTube for inspirational videos. You can also grab a couple of books that can boost you up.

Control what you can. Focus on the things that are within your control, even if it’s as simple as weekly meal planning or laying out your clothes the night before a stressful day. Establish routines to give your days and weeks some supportive structure.

Be kind to someone. Lastly, we want you to spend time focusing on being kind to others. When we help others or express thoughtful actions to them, we feel good. You are not only helping them; you are helping yourself feel better about where you are. It will give you good feelings and some sense of control.

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