Dealing with Uncertainty during Coronavirus Pandemic

There is so much about the pandemic that is out of our control. All other aspects of life might be impacted because the pandemic is not just about the virus itself. Let’s be real, from work, finances, socializing, studies, and travel are all affected. As you cope with this tough time, give yourself a credit. Recognize as well that dealing with this challenge, it makes you more resilient. 

How to deal with uncertainty?

  • Stress is normal: It’s normal to feel stress at this time and be worried about your loved ones, friends, disruption to your routines or studies, and whether you’ll still have a job and enough money. As things can be as hard as these stressors, it can be comforting to know that you are not alone. You can check out for your colleagues or friends and share your thoughts about the pandemic everyone is facing now. 
  • Your stability rocks: When it feels like things are out of control, this is a practice or process that adds something reliable to your life. Your stability rocks will help you to remember that there are things that are still within your control. At this time, your rituals or routines are important when some parts of your life are disrupted. The examples of stability rocks are:
    1. Eating regular meals
    2. Waking up and going to bed at the same time each day
    3. Doing some exercise every morning
    4. Reaching out a friend every single day 
  • You are not your thoughts: When you feel anxious, remember that it is a normal part of being a human. Understand that you are not your thoughts. For a whole bunch of reasons, thoughts may come into your mind. If you are in a tough situation, try writing them down and read it as if it weren’t yours. This might help you realize that it is just thoughts. Your thoughts aren’t you. 
  • Tolerate uncertainty: Having to deal with the unknown can make people anxious. By practicing tolerating uncertainty, you may be able to handle anxiety. You may begin by doing small things in a different way such as cooking without checking multiple times on the recipe or selecting a movie without knowing anything about it. You can write down about how you feel about these behaviors. You can still deal with the things that don’t go as planned because the aim is to learn. 
  • Talk to someone: If going through a tough time, one of the most effective ways is to talk to someone. If talking to them, tell them about what are the things that are stressing you out and why. Just by sharing what you are going through may help you feel less scared. They may not have all the answers, sharing will help you get it out of your head. 
  • The skills you’ve used before: Likely, you’ve already dealt with uncertainty before. Reflect on what skills you’ve used to cope with uncertainty. Some of the skills may include:
  1. Practicing self-care activities
  2. Practicing positive self-talk
  3. Having a break from what’s bothering you
  4. Writing down about what you can do to improve the situation about the things that make you worry