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How to Cope With the Stress of Uncertainty | RMHP Blog

How to Cope With the Stress of Uncertainty | RMHP Blog



Tips to Cope With the Stress and Uncertainty Due to COVID-19

2020 has certainly been a year of stress and uncertainty, with COVID-19 impacting the lives of so many in the country. Families are worried about the health and safety of themselves and their loved ones.

Economic concerns, financial stresses, and social distancing have added to the emotional burden.

It’s no surprise that so many people feel stressed and uncertain about the future. Fortunately, there are ways to cope (and even thrive). These tips can help you find some peace amongst all of the unknown.

Accept that uncertainty is a part of life

A major part of accepting uncertainty is recognizing and accepting how you feel about it. Although acceptance can certainly be easier said than done, it’s impossible to do.

When the stress of an uncertain future feels like a burden, take a few moments to sit with your emotions. If you feel worried or fearful, give yourself permission to feel those emotions. Writing down how you feel can be a great way to accept and eventually move past your stresses.

Stay informed, but don’t let the news dominate your day

Choose a handful of reliable sources, like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or an unbiased, science-backed news organization, to get your information. Get your news and updates from these trusted sources.

During the coronavirus pandemic, it’s also helpful to remember that our knowledge of the virus continually grows. Be open to new information, which can help ease uncertainty.

Then, step away from the news. Being glued to the media all day can raise your stress levels.

Prioritize your relationships, even if you can’t be together in person

Life is busy, and it’s all-too-easy to become isolated and disconnected — even when times are normal. But, staying connected is more important now than ever.

Schedule regular chats with friends, family, and loved ones. Pick up the phone for a phone call, or plan a video hangout with your favorite people. The following articles also have some great tips that you can use to help improve your relationships:

Acknowledge what you’re grateful for, every day

There are a number of health benefits to practicing gratitude. Gratitude can lower your blood pressure, increase your psychological well-being, and improve your sleep health.

It can be hard to find things to be grateful for when the world feels overwhelming and uncertain, but gratitude doesn’t have to be about the big stuff. Appreciating life’s small joys is just as effective.

So, grab a piece of paper and write down three things you’re grateful for right now. Then, integrate this practice into your daily routine.

Practice mindfulness

Mindfulness is a proven, science-based stress reduction technique. It helps you train your brain to better cope with life’s inevitable stressors, and it’s easier than you might think.

In fact, you can start by choosing to do one thing more mindfully. Eating is an easy place to start — slow down and focus on the experience of the food you’re consuming. Focus on the flavors, texture, and how the meal makes you feel. That’s all it takes!

Remember, if you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed, know you’re not alone. Review your health plan to find resources that may be available to you, like virtual visits with a therapist, or talk with your doctor about ways you can get help.