Being uncertain of something isn’t a nice feeling. But it is the reality of our time on this planet. In fact so much is uncertain in our lives. Apart from the fact that we have arrived and at some point, we will depart. All the rest in between is an unknown quantity, no matter what our plans say to the contrary. But how can we deal with this without going cuckoo? Read on to find out.
Be in the moment
The first way of dealing with uncertainty is to stay in ‘the now’ as much as possible. Most uncertainty is about future events, so you are really only predicting what you think will happen. We as humans are very clever things, and we can, through a mixture of experience and observation make an educated guess about what is likely to happen. The problem, with that, is that we are not always right, so we can never really know what is going to happen for sure.
But being in the moment can help combat that. Take a few breaths, ground yourself in your body. Remind yourself that the future isn’t set, and if the worst happens you can deal with it and move on.
If you are really struggling to be at the moment, you can look around the room and notice how many different colored items you can see. Or pay attention to any smells that are present. These tricks will all help your reminder that you don’t live your life in you own predictions of the future, but at the moment you have right now.
Being positive is an excellent way to deal with uncertainty. This is because having bias toward the negative can often turn into a self-fulfilling prophecy. For example, our negative emotions about uncertain situations like fear over losing a job can cloud our judgment. This can cause us to see catastrophes where there are none. It could even cause us to become despondent with our job and stop trying so hard, which could actually increase the likelihood of being laid off.
If you know that you are prone to falling into the negativity trap then here are 9 steps to stay positive. Reading and applying small changes like this can help you deal with uncertainty and still come out on top.
Do something constructive
Another great way of dealing with uncertainty is to acknowledge that it is there, but not give it much attention. Just refocus onto something else instead.
Pick something constructive to help you feel like you have gained a sense of achievement and made a positive difference in your life. You could pick a hobby where you build or make things, tidy up a messy cupboard, or get on with your latest blogging project.
These type of things will all work well because they take up a lot of brainpower. Then you won’t have too much left over to worry about the uncertainties of life.
Help someone else
Another fantastic way to get your mind away from worrying about the uncertainties of life is to go out and help someone else. You can do something small like carrying someone’s groceries from their car to their door. Or you can do something in a more organized way and join a community group, or volunteer at the local hospital.
Not only will it help to get you mind away from trying to resolve uncertainty, which you can’t do 100%. You will also feel good about yourself for helping those less well off than yourself, and be making a genuine positive difference in their lives.
Do what you can and let it go
Lastly, and perhaps most difficult of the method of dealing with uncertainty is that we should do what we can to solve a problem, and then let it go. Of course, this is often easier day than done if the problem is uncertainty. We desperately want to know with some certainty that this afternoon, or tomorrow or the next month is going to be OK, and is going to hold good things for us.
But there is something we can do about that. For example, if going out and seeing a friend is important you can call them and book a time to meet up. You are not in control of them getting sick, or their car breaking down. So you can’t be 100% sure you will get together. But you have done what you can, and the only sensible option is to let it go and get on with the rest of your life.