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Coping in Complex Times: The Certainty in Uncertainty

by Anita Rao ASEBP | March 26 2020

If we could look into a crystal ball and see our future, we would most likely wake up each day feeling confident because we know what to expect each day. How great would that be? However, we can only make predictions and educated guesses, plan accordingly, and react. Because we are all so unique, some of us are better equipped to handle uncertainty, while some of us may need more support, and that is completely okay! Learning to cope with uncertainty and new challenges is what fosters us to grow and come out more resilient on the other side.


So, what can you do to support your mental health when faced with uncertainty?


1. Build Your Resilience
We live in a constant state of change, it is unavoidable. Set yourself up for success by changing the way you think about unexpected circumstances. Keeping an open-mind and being flexible will help you handle change easier. Focus on what is in your control. Use positive affirmations regularly with yourself to instill confidence in your ability to cope with stress. Doing this will allow you to build your resiliency and be better able to cope the next time something unexpected turns up.


2. Stay Prepared
Planning occurs in our everyday routine. Many of us even like to plan! We set expectations in our mind for what we expect to happen in our lives. A way to help us prepare for when things go awry is to prepare alternative plans or back up options. You can plan to mitigate all the risks, but you should also look at how you will move forward from them if they occur. This way you can be the most practical while being proactive in your planning. Take a look at this blog post on the Wellness Sandbox on how to effectively form a plan.


3. Practice Daily Self-Care
Ask yourself this question: Are you as compassionate with yourself as you would be with a friend? Self-compassion is the ability to be gentle and understanding with ourselves especially when we are experiencing some sort of internal struggle. Incorporating self-care strategies into your routine will help you keep on top of life’s daily stressors. Self-care can look different for everyone. One way to cope is to remove yourself physically and mentally from situations that impact you. This may be achieved by going for a walk or giving yourself some alone time. Some other methods include meditating, crafting, reading, or even turning to someone you trust or a professional for support and advice. Use this opportunity to utilize your Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP), or alternatively click here and here to find Mental Health Support Apps.

Let change be the motivator for you to practice acceptance, live in the moment, and embrace the realities of life. The best way to cope with uncertainty is to learn to embrace new situations and learn from the challenges. While there may be times that you feel you are dealing with a lot more change than usual, remember that most days are full of uncertainty and we adapt as we move through it and come out triumphant on the other side. Take one day at a time, you can do it!

Check out this video on how to Cope with Uncertainty.

“When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” —Victor Frankl

Anita Rao

After attending medical school and obtaining her degree as a Doctor of Medicine in 2017, Anita has grown her passion to focus on the prevention side of health. She is an enthusiast of all things perogies, poutine, and dogs – and we totally find this feeling mutual. Her hero is her dad, who came in Canada in 1992 and is now a successful small businessman who continuously uplifts and inspires his family and friends. Anita’s an ASEBP workplace wellness consultant who is currently pursuing her Master’s in Public Health degree and is on track to graduate this year! Way to go Anita!