We are saturated these days on social media and in the news about political and other events going on in our world. I’m not going to wade into the politics of what’s happening at the moment, however, I believe it’s important to acknowledge the new level of fear, uncertainty and anxiety that has surfaced in the world over these past several weeks if not months.
At times like these it’s very easy to get drawn into all the fear and negativity, and feel overwhelmed. I have certainly had my own moments of feeling anxious and I know I’m not alone in that regard.
“Being human is given. But keeping our humanity is a choice” – author unknown
I’ve been thinking a lot about what we can do to navigate through these uncertain times. It’s a basic human desire to feel seen, heard, and understood, whether that’s in a public forum, or within our own circle of family and friends. During times of change and transition I find it’s equally important to know what’s not changing. One of the things that helps ground me is to focus on my core values…these are things that don’t generally change and this reminds me about what’s truly important. I also reflect on what I have control over versus what I don’t have control over (easier said than done at times).
In our ‘always connected’ world there is so much information and commentary, it gets to be too much at times, and at the same time it can be hard to turn it off. Learning to disconnect and take time for self-care works for some people, while for others that may mean getting more involved in community.
Here are some questions to reflect on during these uncertain times:
1. What is really happening and how does it impact my family, my community, and me?
2. What can I actually control?
3. What am I feeling right now? And why?
4. What can I do to take care of others and myself when things get overwhelming?
5. How do I want to show up in the world?
6. What might be something good that can come out of this situation?
I’d love to hear what strategies you use during uncertain times. Leave a comment below.
I’ll leave you with another quote that seems especially fitting at the moment.
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen” – Winston Churchill
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