Dealing with Uncertainty

Be Well Be Happy

Everything is uncertain. We hear everyone saying “during these uncertain times . . . “.  When you think about it, everything is always uncertain even if we think the light will always go on when we flip the switch, or someone will call, or a check will come when expected. The level of uncertainty right now, however, seems to be unprecedented. If we could only be sure one way or another, we could deal with it. With this heightened uncertainty comes anxiety which takes form in one way or another. For some, it is prevalent and evident. In others, it is a little hidden and underlying. In either case, we shouldn’t ignore it. How to deal with it? Here are some tools that can help. 

Find comfort in planning and doing something within your control. Prepare a special meal or dessert. Research how to make something and make it. Plan a garden patch for the next season.

Create a breathing practice and do it every time you have a few minutes. Breathing in for six counts, breathing out for six counts (or whatever you are comfortable with). Start like that with the inhalations and exhalations at the same duration. Then make the exhalations longer. Very calming.

Do a walking meditation. Just walk to walk and feel the breath sensation.

Read a feel good book or one on a subject in which you’re interested. Get lost in the words and visualize the scenery and people.

Watch a feel good movie. Get lost in the story, no thinking, just watch and feel.

Play a game with a child. Children bring laughter, joy and a sense of wonder.

Make music, sing and dance. If you have an instrument, just play. If you like to sing, put on a playlist, sing and dance along.

Simplify. Simplify whatever starts to become too much in your home and office and surround yourself with things that bring a smile to your face. Our environments deeply affect our well-being.

With all of the above we are making a conscious effort to change the not so good feelings rather than just letting them be. Doing things to take us out of the harsh realities gives our minds a rest from the anxiety-increasing chatter. And with everything you do, say to yourself “this will help me to relax,” or “this will help me to feel well” or whatever resonates with you. When we attach good words to something we do, we create an inner message. 

I’ve been repeating this for the last few weeks: I am physically well. I am mentally well. I am emotionally well.

“Every time we have a thought, we make a chemical. If we have good thoughts, we make chemicals that make us feel good. And if we have negative thoughts, we make chemicals that make us feel exactly the way we are thinking.”  - Joe Dispenza

May you be happy. May you be free. May you be grateful. May you be compassionate. May you let go of things that do not serve you. May you have inner peace.

 By Paulette Mancuga 

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