Uncertainty and Stress – Get a Grip


Uncertainty is around us every day in this modern world: the effects of Brexit, the election of Donald Trump, the threat of terrorism. Or maybe you are affected more by the uncertainty of day to day life: money shortages, a relationship turning a bit sour, or a health scare, or job insecurity or looming unemployment. The list goes on.

God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,Courage to change the things I can,And wisdom to know the difference. Reinhold Niebuhr.

On thing is for sure; if it not dealt with effectively, uncertainty can lead to stress, lack of sleep, fuzzy thinking, or too much drink or food.  Best to get a grip, so here are some strategies.

Strategies with impact

  1. Concentrate on the things you have direct influence or control over (see Serenity Prayer above). Worrying aboutwhat you cant change is totally pointless but by acting within your circle of influence you can gain a sense of control, and maybe a good night’s sleep. Is there a threat of lay offs in your workplace? Well just concentrate on doing your own job well!
  2. Make a plan and take action! If there is something that can help you move forward then do it. Even writing some possible options down and making some progress on one or two of them will lift some weight off your shoulders. Maybe you need to learn some new skills, or visit the doctor, or start   saving a bit of money each month.
  3. Don’t indulge in a spiral of negative thoughts  and ‘What if?’ thinking. If you find yourself being effected by such thoughts, then remember that they are just thought. Mentally turn them into footballs and kick them into touch!
  4. Try some stress management techniques –  breath deeply, exercise, practise mindfulness or meditation, take a hot bath, go for a long walk, listen to music – whatever is best for you. There is so much out there on the Internet to help. Use it.
  5. Talk to people. We blokes have a tenancy to bottle stuff up and let it eat away. Talk to friends or family, or your partner, or a doctor. Join  a forum or seek professional help if you need it. A problem shared does not need to be a pain in the arse!
  6. Keep a journal – putting it down on paper can be a release, and might even give you a laugh in the future.
“My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.” Michel de Montaigne

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