While we may see the light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccine being more widely available, it will take time to recover from the damage that 2020 has inflicted. Uncertainty pervaded our daily lives, from not knowing when our health and welfare would be at risk, to not comprehending the various constraints imposed by separate states, to simply not knowing when our lives would return to normal. It was a difficult pill to take.
The following suggestions should benefit you not only this year, but also in the future. Here are few suggestions for how to deal with uncertainty:
Uncertainty is Never Permanent
This time of crisis will end, no matter what you’re going through. No matter how far away March 2020 seems, we all know that our lives will return to normal at some point. While we have no idea when it will occur, it is reassuring to know that any difficult period of confusion is just temporary. Hold on to the fact that the depression and anxiety will pass, no matter how bad it hurts right now.
Accept your Reality
We have no control of our circumstances. It’s quick to get despondent and overwhelmed as the dissonance of what we wish was true and what is truly reality reaches a breaking point. Don’t put yourself in a position to lose. Accept the truth of whatever situation you’re in either, and work to adapt. You’ll keep spinning your wheels before you’re forced to concede if you keep forcing a false storey on yourself. Instead, use your imagination to come up with new ways to solve problems in your current situation.
Simplify your Life
Take Michael Scott’s word for it: You’re just putting it on yourself for no cause if you want to overload yourself with the uncertainties of life at every moment of confusion. Return to the fundamentals. What are your goals for the day? You’ll most likely need to get out of bed, eat, shower, dress, do your work (whatever that entails), take time for yourself, engage with others, and sleep. So don’t make life any worse on yourself than it really is.
Practice Self Care
Anything you do to relax, refresh, or focus is considered self-care. Self-care is more effective as it is used to replenish the cup. We just need to nourish ourselves and our energy, and self-care is the easiest and quickest way to do so.
Have time for yourself, even though it feels unlikely. If you don’t take care of yourself, you won’t be around to be your true self when things get tough. Recharge your batteries and put money into your own enjoyment and relaxation. If you stick with it, you’ll start to see results sooner rather than later.