6 Tips On Managing Fear In Uncertain Times

Almost everybody worries about what will happen during these unpredictable times. The prospect of not knowing if something good or bad will happen in the near future can produce a lot of fear and anxiety.

As a result, here are 6 tips on how to deal with fear of the unknown. 

1. No one can predict the future with one hundred percent certainty. There are always circumstances and factors that you can’t predict which can be used to your advantage. For instance, you are at work and you miss the deadline for a project you have been working on for the last few months. Everything you feared is coming true. Suddenly, your boss comes to your office and tells you that the deadline is extended and that he forgot to tell you the day before. This unknown factor changes everything.

2. Learn to take it one day at a time. Instead of worrying about how you will get through the rest of the week or coming months, try to focus on today. Each day can provide us with different opportunities to learn new things and that includes learning how to deal with your problems. 

3. Get all of the facts of the current situation. Instead of worrying about what may or may not happen, try to get of the facts of what you are worrying about and then try to find a solution to your problem.  Ask for help from others if you can!

4. Take a deep breath and try to find something to do to get your mind off of you anxieties and stresses. A person could take a walk, listen to some music, read the newspaper, watch TV, play on the computer, or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things. This will distract you from your current worries.

5. Challenge your negative thinking with positive statements and realistic thinking. When encountering thoughts that make you fearful or depressed, challenge those thoughts by asking yourself questions that will maintain objectivity and common sense. Always look at the bigger picture.

6. Worrying can make the problem even worse. All the worrying in the world will not change anything. All you can do is to do your best each day, hope for the best, and when something does happen, take it in stride. If you still have trouble dealing with anxiety of the future, then talking to a counselor or clergyman can be of great help.

STANLEY POPOVICH