Ask Away Blog: How to Deal With Uncertainty

How to Deal With Uncertainty

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

 

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Uncertainty can come in many forms. You might feel unsure about the future, about health, about your career, or anything else that you think you have no control over. This uncertainty can severely impact our mental well being, and if you don’t deal with it properly, you risk being overwhelmed by these worries and anxiety. If you are encountering uncertainty, here are four ways you can deal with it.

Accept the Situation

Acceptance can be hard, no matter the scenario. It could be potential job cuts at work, or yourself, friend, or family member undergoing cancer treatment. However, now the uncertainty has arrived; there is nothing you can do about it. Rather than wallow and worry, you can take steps to realize that the situation is, mostly, out of your control. However, what is in your control is accepting how you feel and understand what could happen, even if these eventualities scare you. This makes you cope better with the uncertainty, and it will also help clear your head and reduce sudden emotional reactions that could make things worse.

Find Things to Be Grateful For

Being grateful is a wonderfully effective way to cope with uncertainty. Here, you don’t think about the future so much as you consider the past and the present. While it can be challenging to find things to be thankful for in times of uncertainty, you can always consider something. This can be things like your health or the fact you have a roof over your head, or they can be smaller little wins, like getting your favorite coffee or having sunny skies.

Think Of the Best-Case Scenario

In times of uncertainty, it is natural for your mind to go to the worst possible outcomes. You might lose your job or a loved one. However, these negative thoughts, while possibilities, will not do your mental health any good. Instead, consider the best case scenarios to help you get through the day. These What Ifs don’t always need to be doom and gloom, so start thinking of ways to celebrate once the uncertainty has passed.

Talk to Others About Your Fears

Bottling up your worries and fears will only hinder your ability to accept and cope with uncertainty, and you should have a supportive network of friends and family that you can talk to about how you feel. This network doesn’t need to give you the answers; they just need to listen to you. Even if you don’t want to talk to people you know, there are online communities that you can find. You could even start writing a journal to get your thoughts onto paper, which could help you find solutions to your problems rather than sitting worrying about everything.

An Uncertain Road

If only one thing in life is certain, it is that you will encounter uncertainty during your life. However, this isn’t something that should negatively affect you. Instead, consider these solutions for coping with it, and you will be able to navigate this uncertainty with more confidence and comfort.



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