Practice owner and Occupational Therapist - Jonathon Somers takes a few minutes to discuss uncertainty and how this can produce unnecessary worry.
Do you hate uncertainty, unpredictability and doubt?
Do you perceive worrying to be a useful way to prepare yourself for the worst - getting you ready for anything that might happen. And because you worry this reduces your feelings of uncertainty, so you continue to worry and worry and worry.... In other words, worrying helps you believe that you have more control and certainty in life.
But in reality has your worrying ever made anything more certain or predictable and does worrying really change the outcome?
Unfortunately life is still as uncertain and unpredictable as it ever was. This is exacerbated by the forever changing covid-19 pandemic. So ask yourself is worrying about uncertainty really worth it?
There are two main strategies for learning how to accept uncertainty and in so reduce worry.
1. Challenge the uncertainty. Ask yourself and write down your responses
2. Acceptance and Mindfulness. When you can’t handle the uncertainty, your mind tends to be focused on the future. An antidote to this style of thinking is to practice becoming more present focused and accepting of your current experience. That is, more mindful.
I will discuss what "being mindful" means in another article. But the three basic steps to follow are: