Life is filled with uncertainty, especially during times like this. The current coronavirus pandemic has placed difficulty over the economy, employment, finances, and even more so, physical and mental health. As human beings, we desire to feel safe and have a sense of control over our lives and well-being. Dealing with fear and uncertainty can make you feel stressed and anxious; however, it’s important to remind ourselves that our mindset is key to coping with difficult circumstances and facing the unknown. At Educate Midland, we are always looking out for the best interest of our community. Here, we’ve compiled a list of best practices on how to better manage stress in times of uncertainty.
Adjust Your Mindset
While some may not want to acknowledge it, uncertainty is a natural and unavoidable aspect of our lives. To cope with difficult times, many will use worry as a tool to predict the future. Worrying makes it seem like you have some control by trying to find a solution to every problem or thinking through every possibility. However, this can quickly lead to chronic worrying, and a false sense of tenuous security, which ultimately still fails to give you power over uncontrollable events.
Don’t allow your worries to take away the enjoyment of the present, drain your energy, or keep you up late at night. The healthiest way to cope with uncertainty is to adjust your mindset. Below are some tips that can help you improve your thinking:
- Seek fulfillment, not happiness
- Manage your expectations
- Set small goals
- Be flexible
- Engage in positive self-talk
Focus on the Present
One of the best ways to avoid worry is by focusing on the present. Anticipating the future can leave you feeling anxious, powerless, and force you to exaggerate the possible outcomes. Instead of predicting the inevitable, switch your attention to what’s happening right now. Being fully connected to the present allows you to interrupt the negative assumptions wandering in your mind. Try to focus your attention on the present through mindfulness. With regular practice, mindfulness will become second nature to you as well as ease stress and boost your overall mood.
Actively Deal with Your Emotions
Typically, when circumstances are out of your control, it’s easy to get frustrated and overwhelmed by fear and negative emotions. Bottling up your feelings, trying to put on a brave face, or forcing yourself to stay positive will only have adverse effects. By denying and suppressing your emotions, you will only increase levels of stress and anxiety, which will make you more vulnerable to burnout. While you may not have control over a situation, you are still able to stand up to your emotions. It’s much better to come to terms with your circumstances and find a sense of peace as you deal with unprecedented circumstances.
If you have a family, talk about what you are feeling together. Model emotional maturity for your children and empower them to open up about their feelings. For more tips of developing your child’s emotional maturity, click here.
These are stressful times. The uncertainties of the day by day can undermine our sense of control and security. However, we must realize our mindset is the key to coping with difficult circumstances. Reinforce positive thinking in your life, and you will see that you have become stronger and more resilient for it.