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We are in a surreal time in the world.

One of the most difficult things for us right now is the uncertainty of what is happening in the world.

We can try as much as we want to control and know what the future holds, but our abilities in that realm are limited.

What we need to do is get comfortable with the uncertainty. Watch the video for tips on how to do cope with the uncertainty.

Tthe biggest issue that we are experiencing right now is uncertainty. We just absolutely don’t know. And that is going to freak us out, AF.

What do we need to do?

Well, there’s a lot of things and we’ll talk more about all of these things because you can’t just do it in one quick video.

Acceptance

But the first and most important, I think is acceptance. Accept that you are feeling stressed, overwhelmed, anxious, nervous, drained, sad, mad, frustrated.

Whatever feelings you’re having, you could also be having good feelings. Happy feelings. Yea, I don’t have to go into work, uh, you know, whatever.

But accept that you are having these feelings, allow yourself to feel them and just accept them.

They’re not good. They’re not bad. Feelings are not good or bad. They just are. We’re humans.

We have feelings and just accept them if they are irrational like I don’t know what kind of irrational fear we might have in this situation, but it’s not something that is impending, label it as such. This is an irrational fear, um, or it’s on uncertain fear so that you know that this is this is the stress. This is the nervousness, the anxiety talking, not something that is actually going to happen.

What matter to you

Another aspect is focusing on what matters to you.

Maybe it is being with family. Or maybe that you still have a job or that your significant other still has a job. Maybe what really matters to you is the people around you. Or it could be being optimistic, being happy.

What matters to you is what you can pull on to get through this.

Embrace what you can’t control

Also embracing what we can’t control and and this, this is a tricky line. With the situation that we’re in, you could have a sense of curiosity about it. What can we do to protect ourselves?

Recognizing that there is so much about the situation with the corona virus that we just can’t control.

I mentioned having curiosity is a tricky slope because if you try to find out too much about it, it is going to make that stress skyrocket.

Stay off, social media, not watching the news 24/7 those are also good steps to deal with uncertainty because it allows you that time to step away from it, not talk about it, not think about it.

Just let it be way over there for a little bit. And don’t dwell on it because there is nothing you can do sitting around thinking about the corona virus.

Don’t what if

What might happen? What’s going on outside your window that is only going to make you more nervous and upset and frustrated and all those feelings that everybody is having about it and then don’t ask the what if questions.

What if this happens? What if that happens? What if? What if? What if? What if what if there’s a jillion and 25 what ifs that could happen.

You can’t possibly – a. Think of them all and b. You will never experience a jillion and 24 of them probably. Dwelling on it or asking what if is not going to help you.

Don’t ask why

Along with that asking why? Why is this happening? What is the reason for this? Why, why, why, why, why we’re never going to answer that either.

It’s an unanswerable question. We’re not, two, and we can’t say we’re getting corona virus because the other virus was in the dishwasher, right? (Like you might say to a kid, you need to have the pink cup because the blue cup is in the dishwasher.)

To summarize:

Accept the unknown

Figure out what matters to you

Embrace what you can’t control

Don’t what if

Don’t ask why

We will discuss more about uncertainty in the next video. 

 

 

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