“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke these words to a worried sick nation. One thing is certain: life is filled with uncertainties and we are often shocked when something happens contrary to our expectations.
Just recently, our nation went through a contentious and polarizing election that has caused us division even in our closest relationships. No matter who you supported in the election, the outcome has caused new levels of fear and uncertainty about the future of our country and our world.
In times of uncertainty, we may react in anger or bury our heads in the sand. We can be tempted to give in to fear which then has the potential to lead to anxiety and depression.
Here are five tips I encourage you to consider if you are feeling fear and uncertainty today:
Spend some time reflecting on your life. Ask yourself: have I experienced fear and uncertainty before?
Remember those times and how you responded either negatively or positively. Use this memory in the past to inform how you will respond today. We can learn from our past and make change for the better.
Take a walk outdoors. Ride your bike, walk around your neighborhood. Find some green space to enjoy.
Look at the sun or the moon and realize that we live in a big universe and our history shows that people have gone through highs and lows and have survived. We have a built-in resiliency and will to endure. And we will.
Seek God or a power higher than yourself
Whatever faith you are a part of, dig deeper and practice prayer, meditation, and service to others.
If you are not part of a faith community, check out a variety of mindfulness strategies for achieving internal peace and joy.
In my faith, there is a very encouraging verse I like to meditate upon in times of fear and uncertainty. No matter your own faith, be encouraged by this word:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Connect with others
Find a way to connect with others whether it is through a yoga class, a church worship gathering, a community college course, a coffee shop, or a live music event. Find a way to connect to others through volunteering in your community. This is a time where we need to practice working together in unity towards projects that benefit all people.
Find a therapist
If you need help with the first step of reflecting and would like to find new direction in your life then find a therapist you can really connect with and begin a journey of personal growth.
I would love the opportunity to be a part of your personal journey. Call me now for a free 15 minute consultation or book an appointment. You can also learn more about me on my website. Whatever you decide to do, I am hoping that you find a deeper peace in these times.