Humans like certainty. We like to know what is happening and when it is happening.
When things feel uncertain or when we don’t feel safe, it’s normal to feel stressed. This protective reaction can cause all sorts of chaos when there is a sense of uncertainty and lots of conflicting information around us.
A large part of anxiety comes from a sense of what we think we should be able to control, but can’t. Right now, many of us are worried. We feel helpless about what will happen or what we can do to prevent it. The uncertainty can connect to our uncertainty about other aspects of our lives, or remind us of times in the past when we didn’t feel safe.
At times like this our mental health can suffer. We don’t always know it’s happening. We might feel more on edge than usual, angry, helpless, tearful or sad. You might notice that you are more frustrated with others or want to completely avoid any reminders of what is happening. For those of us who already struggle with our mental wellness, we might feel more depressed or less motivated to carry out our daily activities.
We can always choose our response. If you are struggling, here are some things you can do to take care of your mental health in the face of uncertainty:
Separate what is in your control from what is not.
Limit your consumption of daily news.
Do whatever helps you to feel safe.
Get outside in nature - your garden if you have one or a walk around your neighbourhood, get some fresh air and Vitamin D.
Living Room/ Garden Exercise - this helps both your physical and mental health.
Challenge yourself to stay in the present - when you find yourself worrying about something that hasn’t happened yet, gently bring yourself back to the present moment, recall the sights, the sounds, tastes and other sensory experiences and name them.
Stay connected and reach out if you need more support. Talk to your friends about what you are feeling. If you are feeling particularly anxious or if you are really struggling with your mental health, it’s ok to reach out for support. You don’t have to be alone with your worry and it can be comforting to share what you are experiencing with others ❤️