As humans we really don’t like uncertainty, so when something as important as the future of our work is uncertain it can send us into a bit of a spiral.
When things are uncertain, our brain’s go-to is worry. Worry helps us feel like we are predicting all of the possible outcomes so that nothing can go wrong. In reality, worry makes us no more certain about what will happen, we just end up feeling worse because we’ve spent all this time thinking about all the worst-case scenarios.
So, what is the solution?
You’re probably not going to like this, but the only thing that we can do about uncertainty is become more comfortable with it. We can do this by:
1. Training our mind to look for what’s within our control
We can’t control the craziness of the world, all we can control is ourselves. Look for ways that you can positively influence the situation that you’re in, there is always something that you can do that will improve your situation even if it's only in a small way. You might research stress management, look into financial support or reach out to family and friends for support.
2. Remind yourself that this is not forever
This is a temporary setback and it will not go on forever. We don’t know when this will end but we do know that it will. Remind yourself of this when everything feels overwhelming.
3. Take care of yourself and reduce your stress levels
Exercise, getting enough sleep and eating a healthy balanced diet do wonders for giving you the mental energy to deal with these challenging times.
We’re all dealing with a difficult and uncertain time right now so it's completely okay if you’re feeling overwhelmed or stressed. ACA are going to be bringing you a whole heap of resources to help you throughout COVID-19, so make sure you keep checking back here for more resources and support.
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This article talks about mental health and wellbeing
If you or someone you know is experiencing mental health issues there are free services you can access. Headspace is a free service for young people up to 25 years — visit their website here. You can also access Lifeline 24/7 for crisis support and suicide prevention 13 11 14 or Beyondblue 1300 22 4636.
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