Episode 167: How to Live and Cope with Uncertainty

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The current time we are living in is surreal.  We are facing uncertainty about what is to come.  During these times it can be helpful to view life as a freefall and increase our awareness and intentionality.  Jackie Pack shares some ideas about how we can do this as well as a worksheet for you to determine what needs to fall in and what needs to fall out of your life at this time.  

TRANSCRIPT: How to Live and Cope with Uncertainty

Hi everyone, welcome to Thanks for Sharing. I’m your host, Jackie Pack. The state of our world right now feels quite surreal, and I feel so bad that so many of us are suffering as we face a hopefully once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic. I hope that you are all doing what you can for yourselves and those in your life to stay safe and healthy. I decided to do an episode today talking about how we’re all coping with the COVID-19 virus, and maybe some ideas about how we can deal with uncertainty. Humans dislike uncertainty in most situations, but some deal with it better than others. There are numerous studies that link high intolerance of uncertainty to anxiety and anxiety disorders, including obsessive compulsive disorder, depression, PTSD, and even eating disorders. Now I wanted to talk about some things in this episode may be different than some of the articles or things that you’re hearing about this time and how to deal with COVID-19. I think we all know that it’s good to limit our intake of media, that it’s good to be taking care of our body and drinking lots of water, making sure we’re eating healthy and intentionally and that we’re continuing with some type of normal exercise routine, and then getting some good sleep. Those are kind of the trifecta for health. Also in this it’s important to make time to relax and to be able to talk to people about what you’re feeling and to have people who will listen and to also listen to others. It’s also important to take appropriate precautions to keep yourself healthy—washing your hands regularly, avoid touching your face, and avoid contact with people you know to be sick, and then the last one I think is about remaining hopeful, and that’s kind of where I want to focus today and talk about what this state can mean, and I’m going to use a couple of stories to do that.