To say we’re living in uncertain times would be an understatement. Even though 2020 is behind us, it highlighted just how uncertain things truly can be.
The COVID-19 pandemic has now affected almost everyone’s lives in some way for nearly a year. Maybe you’ve lost loved ones. Maybe you’ve lost your job. Or, you might have had to learn to adapt to things like social distancing and isolation.
On top of the pandemic, so many people have been dealing with political discord, social issues, and racial injustices. It seems as though every day, something “new” shows up to throw more chaos into the ring.
Needless to say, it’s all enough to fuel stress and anxiety.
So, what can you do to unwind from the uncertainty? How can you cope with everything from the pandemic to politics?
Limit Your News Intake
It’s important to stay informed about things going on in the world. Hiding away from reality is never a healthy way to cope.
But, with so much information out there today, it’s also easy to get overloaded and bombarded by the news.
Everything from 24/7 news channels to social media can make it feel impossible to get a break from all the uncertainty. So, take some time each day to unplug. Turn off the news and take a step away from social media.
Simply getting away from the chaos, even for a few hours, can help you find some peace and relaxation. By inundating yourself with it every day, you’re only going to fuel your worries and your stress.
Spend More Time Outside
There are multiple studies that have shown spending time in nature has countless benefits. It can improve your mood, boost your energy, and reduce stress levels.
When you’re “unplugging”, why not go outside and enjoy everything nature offers?
Not only will you be able to reap the natural benefits, but you can also use it as an opportunity to feel reconnected. It can help you understand that there are still some constants in life, and some things don’t change.
By doing something like taking a walk, riding your bicycle, or going for a hike, you can experience even more peace and comfort. Exercise is another great way to de-stress and feel happier.
Be More Mindful
Mindfulness can often feel like a buzz word. It gets thrown around a lot nowadays, but it is actually an important and practical technique that you can use to cope with the stress of everyday life.
At the most basic level, mindfulness is the practice of staying in the present moment. You should focus on your breathing and how you feel in that moment, letting thoughts pass you by like clouds without holding onto them. Being mindful can keep you from overthinking things about the past or worrying about things in the future.
Even practicing mindfulness for just a few minutes each day can make a big difference in your stress levels and how you feel.
If there’s one thing you should remember, it’s that you’re never alone. Everyone has had to deal with the uncertainty facing our world.
So, don’t be afraid to reach out to your support system when you’re feeling overwhelmed. Family members and friends are great resources that can help you feel more centered.
Or, if you’re really struggling, therapy may help. Feel free to contact me for a free consultation if you’re having trouble dealing with everything going on in the world today. Together, we can work on even more healthy coping techniques to get through these uncertain times and keep moving forward.
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