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Coping With Uncertainty

By Niku Sedarat

 

As human beings, we have a natural curiosity about what the future has in store for us. If you can relate to this, that's perfectly okay, and rest assured, you're not alone. In fact, our sense of control and certainty in our circumstances is directly linked to our stress levels. For instance, the more control we feel we have over our situations, the less stressed we tend to be. So, it's completely normal and valid to experience nervousness when faced with uncertainty.


However, let's face it, as human beings, we're not fortune-tellers. We can't always predict what lies ahead. Rather than obsessing over what we can't control, we can shift our focus to how we can prepare ourselves for potential challenges.


When we think about the future, we often fall into an all-or-nothing thinking trap. It's like we see life in black and white – either perfect or utterly miserable. What we tend to overlook is the gray area, the idea that there can be both good and bad experiences on our journey. It's crucial to remember that there's no such thing as a flawlessly perfect life, and yes, there will be bumps along the way. The sooner we accept that we can't control every aspect of our lives to make it completely perfect, the sooner we can shift our attention to learning strategies to cope with the uncertainty.


For instance, in the face of uncertainty, establishing a consistent routine can be incredibly helpful. When life feels like it's spiraling out of control, having something reliable can bring a sense of comfort. Whether it's consistently reading a book before bedtime or maintaining a regular sleep schedule, these daily routines can provide a sense of stability amidst life's inherent unpredictability.


However, incorporating routine into our lives isn't the only way to gain a sense of certainty or control over life's uncertainties. Stress management techniques can also play a significant role in providing us with the confidence that we can navigate uncertain situations more smoothly. They empower us with self-assurance that we can handle the unknown, ultimately helping us feel more in control.


While the uncertainties of life may seem unavoidable, it's essential to recognize that challenges are temporary and are merely bumps on the greater journey of life – obstacles that are entirely surmountable. By exploring stress management techniques and making routine a part of your daily life, you'll find it easier to overcome those bumps with confidence and ease.


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