2020 has been a year of much uncertainty. If we let uncertainty and the "unknowns" and "what ifs" derail our thoughts, actions and routines, it can really create havoc on our mental, physical and overall health. What is also true about uncertainty is that it is very much a part of life; so it's important that we develop mechanisms and strategies to deal with those seasons that involve so much uncertainty.
From my and other's experience, here are six tips on how to deal with uncertainty.
Embrace the uncertainty. There are many things in life that we can and cannot control. There is also no crystal ball to life (though how crazy would it be if there was?!). As we go through the days, months, years, things will happen that we had no idea were coming. These uncertainties are how life unfolds and if we can learn to embrace the fact that they are an essential part of life, we will find that those uncertainties will bring us much less stress.
Work your gratitude muscle. Much of our focus around uncertainty involves things that aren't positive. We think about all the things that could happen and wait for the "shoe to drop"; causing us to spiral into a whirlwind of anxiousness, stress and overwhelm. Focusing on seeing the good, the positive in each day, even if it's just a sliver, will help alleviate some of that anxiousness and allow you to be more present in the positive, uplifting moments the day brings.
Practice kindness. With so much uncertainty in the world, we can get pretty bent out of shape if we allow our feelings surrounding uncertainty to grow out of control in a negative way. Reach out to others. Check in and see how friends and family are doing. Perform an act of kindness to a stranger. Anxiousness over uncertainties can bring out the 'not so good' in us. Practicing kindness can bring out the best in us. And as an added bonus, the more kindness we have in the world, the less stress and negativity we will have.
Find strength in daily rituals. Whether it is exercising, meditating, drinking coffee outside, laying on the couch with your little one or four legged friend in the morning before starting your day, turning the phone off for a bit, prioritize the rituals that make you feel good. That allow you to slow down. That bring you joy. Don't let uncertainties take away the rituals that positively impact your health.
Lean on your circle. The people in your circle should be the kind of people you can lean on. The kind of people you can trust to ask for help. The kind of people who bring positive energy and uplifting light to your day. If you find you are leaning on your circle and they aren't catching you, or lifting you back up, find a new circle.
Don't think you have to have all the answers. Let's be honest. 2020 has been a stressful, chaotic, uncertain, mashup of a year. There is no perfect way to handle anything we have been faced with this year. There isn't a book with a roadmap on how to manage everything life throws at us. Don't stress about the fact that you may not know what to do, or how to do it. We do not hold the answers to everything so don't put the weight of the world on your shoulders.
Life will always throw us curveballs. Use these strategies to take your power back and live your life the way you want to, even when things aren't going as planned.