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Dealing with Uncertainty 

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The unknown can cause worry, stress, anxiety and despair.  It is normal for these feelings to be increased during uncertain times.  

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Remember during times of uncertainty, it is important to take time for yourself. Take care of your physical and emotional well-being. What do you do to take time for yourself?

 

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The unknown can cause worry, stress, anxiety and despair.  It is normal for these feelings to be increased during uncertain times.  Here are some ways to tolerate that worry as you work to manage uncertainty:

  • Mindful activities – spend time focusing on the present.  Consider activities where you observe and notice things around you and within you – with acceptance.
  • Focus on self-care – what can you do to relax and de-stress – do what helps you feel better.
  • Take care of your physical well-being – eat well, get good sleep, exercise, etc.
  • Make kindness a priority.  There are others who are worried and stressed – be gracious and kind.
  • Consider writing a list of helpful facts or look at a helpful article that you can focus on when you start to worry.
  • Notice your worrying thoughts and work on accepting them, instead of reacting to them.
  • Think of other difficult times you have survived and remember the things that helped you – then use that to help you now.
  • Talk to family and friends for support – not to commiserate and complain, but to share, understand and support.
  • When you notice you are overthinking and increasing your worry – go back to the present moment or focus on concrete tasks.
  • Take time this week to do at least one item on this list and let us know what you did or plan to do.