Uncertainty is difficult for most of us. As we go through our daily lives, we’d like to know what’s going to happen next week, next month, and next year, but life is rarely that forthcoming. So it’s a good idea to learn ways to prepare for what’s ahead when we’re just not sure what that may be. Here are seven strategies you can use to keep uncertainty from overwhelming you.
Recognize your emotions. Worrying about uncertainty is normal and it’s okay. It’s important to recognize that and give the emotions you’re feeling space. What isn’t okay is allowing those emotions to prevent you from moving forward.
What can you control? There are things in life you have control over and things that are out of your hands. Identify what you can do, and trust God to look after the rest for you.
Eliminate toxic influences. You know you shouldn’t feed your body with things that make you sick. Similarly, don’t feed your mind with influences that upset you or create bad feelings. Spending less time on social media is a great way to start.
Create healthier routines. We all have habits that aren’t as good for us as they should be. By replacing those with healthier habits … like walking outside for a half-hour every day … we strengthen our resilience.
Embrace authentic connection. You may have hundreds of “friends” on social media, but who are the people who are there when you really need them? Spend your time and energy with them.
Reach out for help. When things get a little overwhelming, there’s nothing wrong with reaching out to the people who matter to you and asking for a boost. And if you need more help than a friend can provide, consider talking to your pastor or a counselor.
Return to faith. Staying connected to God through prayer and church can fill you with positive energy and confidence to strengthen you and help you through the uncertainty.
Jared Jones combines the use of cognitive and behavioral strategies to help young people who struggle with anxiety, depression and suicidal ideations.