Sunday Quotes: Uncertainty

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If you feel like you might just lose what’s left of your mind some days, you’re not alone. Uncertainty, combined with all the bad news out there, can send our thoughts spiraling out of control into apocalyptic territory. It’s hard not to be fearful all the time.

Fear has a purpose. It’s a basic instinct to keep us alive. But when we’re bombarded with bad news and negative information all day long, the opposite starts to happen, and we end up in a constant state of panic. That’s why it’s more important than ever to try to control the stimuli that enter our lives in a continuous stream.

It may be challenging, but we can choose to control the information we expose ourselves to. We can choose hope over fear. The following tips can help you short-circuit your anxiety.

  • Limit news intake, especially that of mainstream US media. A study found that US media is far more negative in its coverage of the pandemic than international media or scientific journals.
  • Clean up your social media feeds to eliminate posts from contacts who constantly share negative content.
  • Try to neutralize your fear by putting it in perspective. How likely is the worst case scenario you’re ruminating about?
  • Breathe! A deep breath is like a pattern interrupt for your stressed mind and body.
  • Move. It’s pretty hard to stay fearful when you’re moving your body. Go for a walk around the block, walk up and down the stairs in your home or building, put on some music and dance around your living room.
  • Practice gratitude. Focus on the things that are good in your life.

What helps you when you find yourself becoming fearful?

4 Comments on Sunday Quotes: Uncertainty

  1. Nancy
    November 29, 2020 at 4:42 pm (2 months ago)

    Thanks for sharing Ingrid! All excellent advice in these troubling times.

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  2. Ais
    November 29, 2020 at 2:53 pm (2 months ago)

    It does become overwhelming. These are good tips!
    Thank you for sharing them.

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  3. Caren Gittleman
    November 29, 2020 at 11:56 am (2 months ago)

    this is pawesome advice. I DEFINITELY need to move more that’s for sure. I have become MUCH TOO SEDENTARY!!!! You know what I listen to to help me fall asleep? Remember the painter Bob Ross? I used to love him, I listen to his hour long videos on YouTube (I’m usually out within five minutes lol)

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  4. Janine
    November 29, 2020 at 6:59 am (2 months ago)

    Thanks for these tips. It has been overwhelming lately.

    Reply

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