Dealing with Uncertainty
With the election this week, it has brought forth many different emotions in myself and my clients. Anxiety, worry, doubt, depression and of course, uncertainty. As the results continue to trickle in anxiety may be heightened as we don't know what to expect and what will happen. In times of uncertainty, worry and anxiety tend to flourish and we may find ourselves "filling in the blanks" that is, telling stories about what could happen and often this is a negative outcome. This is a common response but one that can lead down a rabbit hole of increasing your anxiety and leading to more issues with your mental health. It can also lead to catastrophizing, looking at the worst possible scenario which isn't helpful either. So how do you manage during this difficult year and one full of things out of our control and jam packed with uncertainty?
1) Really tune into what you are feeling, where are you feeling the emotion and allow yourself time to sit with it and not push it away. More damage comes when you avoid it and never deal with it, allowing yourself to feel your feelings is the healthiest thing you can do to move through them.
1) Talk about it! Finding others you trust and really open up with what is going on with you can be the release valve to let those feelings out and better cope. It can also help you feel less alone to know others are feeling the same way you are.
2) Take it day by day, the more you start making predictions and looking ahead the more it can be anxiety provoking. Focus on what you need to do to get through each day, each hour and each minute if an hour is too hard!
3) Engage in self-soothing activities to ca