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Feeling out of control in times of uncertainty

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On May 6, 2020
Feeling out of control during uncertain times
Feeling out of control in these uncertain times? Then it’s time to let go of control.

In times of uncertainty, sometimes the best way of remaining in control is to let go of control (of the things we can’t).

That doesn’t mean being helpless. Far from it – in fact, wanting to control the things we can’t is what makes us feel helpless.

What it means is recognising the things that we can control and the things that we can’t. And rather than ruminating on the things we can’t control, instead focussing our thoughts and energies on those things that we can.

Just notice the difference in how you feel if you switch your attention from what you can’t control to what you can. Here are some examples:

 

We may not…
…have superpowers to stop the virus
But we can…
…follow government advice to slow and manage the spread.

We may not…
…be able to keep to our usual routine
But we can…
…devise a new routine that helps us live as best we can.

We may not…
…know when we’ll be able to visit loved ones
But we can…
…make efforts to stay in contact by phone or online.

We may not…
…have the means to carry out our usual work
But we can…
…explore alternatives and look at the support available.

We may not…
…have as much choice of what eat
But we can…
…play Ready, Steady, Cook with the contents of our kitchen cupboards.

We may not…
…know for certain what will happen
But we can…
…focus on making each day be the best it can.

 

Focussing on things we can control and letting go of the things we can’t, can really help us to feel a bit more certain during times of uncertainty.

Alison Easton

Alison Easton

Director of Clinical and Creative Development

BA(Hons) HPD DipCHyp

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