What the Future Holds: A Guide on Dealing with Uncertainty
Mirror Mirror, my Collection of Memoirs and Stories, delves into various themes as I examine my life and its journey through a different perspective. One of those themes is uncertainty. I’ve observed that even though uncertainty is a natural part of life, most people aren’t comfortable with it.
I’ve put together some advice on dealing with uncertainty, and I’m sharing it below so that you can learn to handle it more effectively:
At any given moment, we want to believe that we’re in control of our lives and our fates. But the reality is that none of us are in control of what happens to us. We can’t say for certain what tomorrow will bring. We can’t predict what the future has in store for us.
Uncertainty stems from a lack of knowledge about our future. When we resist it instead of accepting it, it leads us to worry, anxiety, and feelings of hopelessness.
Coping with Uncertainty
Constantly worrying about your future will not alleviate uncertainty. Instead, it will keep you preoccupied and prevent you from enjoying what’s right in front of you. Here are a few tips for handling uncertainty:
1. Exercise Control Where You Can
While it’s true that the biggest issues in the world—the pandemic, climate change, global warming, and the like—aren’t in our control, we can still exercise control elsewhere. For example, we can decide to work hard at our jobs, treat people kindly, reach out to our friends, and show affection to the ones we love.
2. Challenging Negative Thoughts
When left unchecked, negative thoughts can wreak havoc on your peace of mind. Learn to challenge them when they pop up. Ask yourself what are the chances of something bad happening? Remind yourself how many times you’ve anticipated the worst, only for things to turn out well.
3. Reframing Thoughts
Teach yourself to accept uncertainty by telling yourself that even though you don’t know everything, it’s alright. Tell yourself that you don’t always need to have all the answers. In fact, having all the answers would take away the excitement of living life as it happens.
Be in the Moment
As much as possible, try to stay focused on what you’re doing in the present moment.
Pay full attention to the task you’re performing, whether it’s eating, working, or even relaxing. Mindfulness can keep your brain from wandering off and creating unpleasant “What if?” scenarios.
If you’re experiencing stress and anxiety, consider seeking professional help, prioritizing self-care, and looking after your nutrition and rest requirements.
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