Dealing with uncertainty during COVID-19



We are living in a time of uncertainty across many aspects of our lives, such as our relationships, physical and mental health, employment, finance, travel and the economy. Our sense of control within our lives has been diminished, creating feelings of stress, worry and fatigue. Instead of agonising over the problems you and your family maybe facing, there are several tools you can use to help you cope in these difficult times.

  1. Focus on what you can control such as your Stability Rocks (i.e. a process or practice that adds reliability and grounding to your routine). This could be regular waking and sleep times, exercising daily, cooking nutritious meals, reaching out to a friend every day, scheduling a time for hobbies, learning a new skill and relaxation) .
  2. Remember you are not just your thoughts and accept that it is normal to be feeling stressed at this time. You have already coped with multiple changing circumstances during the outbreak of Covid-19. Try a ‘Thrive Inside’ mindfulness exercise via the SMILING MIND app, to help you cope with uncertainty and to teach you how to remain focused in the present rather than resenting the past or attempting to ‘fortune tell’ the future. Research shows it will calm your mind, release stress and improve your mood.
  3. Limit your media intake to 1 to 2 times a day from reputable sources, so you remain informed about what is happening but are not overwhelmed with constant coverage. Avoid social media sources or anxious friends that preach half-truths, rumours and fake news, otherwise you could end up panic buying toilet paper!
  4. Challenge the idea that you need certainty as human beings tend to thrive after periods of adversity and the unexpected. It provides us with opportunity, resilience and the processes for adaptation.

Article written by Nadine Reynolds.

References

[1] https://www.helpguide.org/articles/anxiety/dealing-with-uncertainty.htm

[2] https://au.reachout.com/articles/how-to-deal-with-uncertainty-during-coronavirus

[3] https://www.smilingmind.com.au/

 

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