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Dealing With Uncertainty

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Last Updated: 18 January 2022

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Most people are of habit. When things as plan, we feel in control. But when life throws curveball, it can leave us feeling anxious and stress. For many Americans, life feels particularly uncertain lately, with unconventional presidential administration, social protests in news, and uncertainty in aftermath of natural disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires. Findings from APA Stress in America Survey highlight other common ways that uncertainty Stress us out: more than third of Americans cite unexpected expenses as source of stress related to money. Nearly third of Americans say economic uncertainty is source of stress when thinking about economy. When it comes to health - related issues, around two - thirds of Americans cite uncertainty about future as source of stress. Similar Proportion Are Stressed About Possible Changes To Healthcare Policy. Research shows that people react differently to uncertainty, and that those with higher intolerance for uncertainty may be less resilient and more prone to low mood, negative or down feelings, and anxiety. No one can avoid unexpected. But these simple steps can you better face life uncertainties. Be kind to yourself. Some people are better at dealing with uncertainties than so dont beat yourself up if your tolerance for unpredictability is lower than friends. Remind yourself that it might take time for stressful situation to resolve, and be patient with yourself in meantime. Reflect on past successes. Chances are youve overcome stressful events in pastand you will survive! Give yourself credit. Reflect on what you did during that event that was helpful and what you like to do differently this time. Develop new skills. When life is relatively calm, make point to try things outside your comfort zone. From standing up to difficult boss to trying new sport, taking risks helps you develop confidence and skills that come handy when life veers off course. Limit exposure to news. When were stressed about something, it can be to look away. But compulsively checking news only keeps you wound up. Try to limit your check - ins and avoid news during vulnerable times of such as right before bedtime. Avoid dwelling on things ca control. When uncertainty strikes, many immediately imagine worst - case scenarios. Get out of habit of ruminating about negative events. Take your own advice. Ask yourself: If friend came to me with this worry, what would I tell her? Imagining your situation from outside can provide perspective and fresh ideas. Engage in self - care. Dont let stress your healthy routines. Make efforts eat well, exercise, and get enough sleep. Many people find stress in practices such as yoga and meditation. Seek support those you trust. Many people isolate when theyre stressed or worried. But social support is important, so reach to family and friends. Control what you can.

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Causes of uncertainty

Whether this prolonged period of uncertainty will leave lasting scars or provide impetus to better adapt to unpredictable events depends in part on individual circumstances coping styles. For instance, whether you still have source of income or if you or your loved ones become sick. Coping styles also matter. People who react to challenges by planning everything out may struggle when future is so unpredictable. Uncertainty fuels anxiety, by creating room for mind to conjure up worst - case scenarios, Nitschke say. Studies have shown that lab animals consistently prefer predictable shocks to unpredictable ones, say, and that predictability can ameliorate negative effects of stress. In other words, anticipation of uncertain threat can be worse than thing itself. In paper published in journal Nature review Neuroscience in 2013, Nitschke found in part that common feature across anxiety disorders is overactive anticipatory response when faced with unpredictable conditions. Psychologists have tools for measuring how well people handle uncertainty. For instance, intolerance of uncertainty scale asks people to rate how much they agree with such statements as uncertainty makes life intolerable my mind ca relax if I do know what will happen tomorrow. Intolerance of uncertainty is risk factor for many disorders involving anxiety, from obsessive compulsive disorder to depression, eating disorders and generalized anxiety, Kecmanovic say. Beth Meyerowitz, professor of psychology and preventive medicine at University of Southern California who has studied how people cope with uncertainty that comes with cancer diagnosis, has found that people with strong intolerance for uncertainty were more likely to engage in avoidance coping strategies, such as preventing themselves from thinking about or experiencing feelings theyre having, and that those methods of coping were associate with higher degrees of emotional distress. Uncertainty can leave us as even simple tasks of everyday life these days require more thought and cause more anxiety. Decisions that were once trivial such as where and when to go grocery shopping, when to visit friends have become anxious calculations about risks that ca be fully quantify, says Lisa Kath, occupational health psychologist at San Diego State University who is looking at how people are coping with Pandemic. We have all heard saying about having serenity to things you ca change, courage to change things you can and also wisdom to know difference.S that coping flexibility, Barber say. She advises people to diversify their coping strategies and then use one best fits particular problem. In some cases, it is better to focus on changing situation by adjusting your environment. But in other cases, might be better to change your reaction to uncertainty by practicing mindfulness or self - compassion. It is really difficult to figure how best to cope with Pandemic, Meyerowitz say.

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Play to your strengths

Working out what our strengths are, and then playing to them, can give us more confidence in of uncertainty. Take this free VIA Character Strengths and then think about what you can do to act on those strengths. For example, if youre creative, you could spend 30 minutes each day doing something in that area, such drawing, playing instrument or experimenting with new recipe. If value is humanity, you could practise acting compassionately and do small, unexpected things for others, like checking in on neighbour or sending friends songs you think they like.

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