Researches have shown that some things, including plays or reading a mystery novel, can trigger uncertainties. Nevertheless, many people felt even more difficult to cope with the big unsafe situation during the coronavirus pandemic.
Melinda Massoff, a psychologist in the Ph.D., says that “The uncertainty that we care most has to do with the protection and security of our loved ones.” We don’t know how long COVID-19 will last and we don’t know who will get pregnant, who’ll get pregnant, and who’ll be hospitalized.
Unsafeness is a big cause of stress
Uncertainty affects our future planning ability.
In general, based on our past experience, our brains make decisions for the future. We can not depend on previous experience in order to inform our decision-making when the future is uncertain or whether we are learning something different.
Otherwise, we will be concerned about and anxious about what the future will bring, across various scenarios.
“With our knowledge of our past experiences, our thoughts prepare for the future to predict our future,” said Anisha Patel-Dunn, O.D. “Fear of the unknown makes us worry about expecting a potential danger,” says Patel-Dunn. “Fear of the unknown may cause physiological stress. Stress, which also stimulates the response of our battle or flight, triggers physical changes such as hormone spikes and an increased heart rate. Chronic stress may have adverse health effects, increased risk of cardiovascular disease and loss of memory over time.
“If you’re constantly conscious of, plan for, and constantly run for, dangerous and potentially bad things, you’ve built up a persistent cycle of tension and become more likely to be fearful or nervous,” said Rebecca Sinclair, a psychologist.
Scientists research ‘risk of insecurity’—or negative perceptions about ambiguity, which may contribute to emotional or behavioral unhealthy responses when risk eventually occurs.
Low tolerance has been linked to conditions of mental health such as depression, pervasive anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). On the other hand, increased awareness of uncertainty will decrease tension, because people cannot manage uncertainties.
How do I fix uncertainty?
You can manage just so much in life. Unforeseen incidents will take place, so you should brace yourself for chaos if they do:
- Building up your tolerance. Each day we tackle confusion, like commuting to work when we might not comfortably make it there. Recognizing such everyday uncertainties that we normally brush over — and reflecting on the fact that you’ve already gone about your life — will develop your capacity for greater uncertainties, says Gertrude Lyons, a psychologist, Ed. D. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may also help develop your resilience and reduce tension or concern if confusion triggers anxiety or depression.
- Practice mindfulness. In a 2008 survey of unemployed people, interest decreased in confusion suffering. This method is recommended for Lyons: move through all of the five senses and concentrate on three sensations. What three things do you feel right now, for example? Do you hear three stuff? You can interrupt your thoughts with this routine if you start thinking about the uncertainties of the world. In the present moment, it will help anchor you and the certainties that surround you.
- Follow a strategy. The physiological effects of stress can cause sleep and eating patterns to change. In the event of uncertain times, Patel-Dunn says, to counter that, sticking to a routine, including going to bed each day, is crucial. If you do not have this routine, you can also get a much-needed feeling of order and power.
- Let’s go and focus on what you can manage. “A scarcity of anxiety or a lack of anxiety tolerance may often lead to more pain, “says Sinclair.” We are now constantly seeing people Googling, tracking news and storing their supplies: they seek to combat anxiety in ways that eventually increase fear or build up environments of anxiety, “he says.
Acceptance of uncertainty is important for your quality of life
In big changes, it is easier to recognize uncertainty, just as in our everyday life. And while the unpredictable twists and turns of life may not always seem promising, how much control you actually have is crucial.
“We should consider acceptance as the opposite of rejection,” Sinclair says. It’s fair to say, ‘I’m able to recognize this uncertainty in my life’ and not to like that. It’s fair. “But Lyons stresses that tolerance does not mean abandonment – and can also encourage you to move on in horrific circumstances, such as the pandemic of coronavirus.”
“The recognition of pandemic and social isolation for a certain amount of time, as my current society will allow me to identify the choices that exist for me. “We don’t challenge this situation and we do not indulge ourselves in emotions. It’s an accepted state in which we are currently situated” says Lyons.