Anxiety during uncertain times

No matter what your political beliefs or associations might be, most people in America are having feelings of uncertainty around the future.  If you are someone prone to anxiety or worry, this might have been spiked during the past few weeks.  No matter what you believe or what you think the best direction for the country might be, it’s hard not to be affected by the large divisions and unrest that have arose in recent times.

As caring individuals, many of us are concerned about the possibilities of what could happen in the next few years.  Many of us are concerned for our country’s most vulnerable populations.

Like with most situations, if we do not care for ourselves and our mental health, we won’t be much help to others.  So again, what to do?  Here are my humble suggestions for calm in uncertain times:

  1. Take it day by day.  None of us can tell the future and exactly is what’s going to happen moving forward.  Try not to let your mind go towards the worst possible scenario and instead focus on what’s going on in your life and the world today.
  2. Take a social media holiday.  While many would advocate we need to stay informed,  taking a break from the news for a few days or a week will not keep you totally out of the loop.  Sometimes we need a break from the constant bombardment of information we have available these days.

  3. Take time to appreciate the good things that are going on in your life and your broader community.  This will help you stay grounded and remember the strength of our communities.

  4. Get involved!  For many, being politically active can help give a voice to their concerns.  This also would help connect you to a group of like minded individuals.  There are many ways and forms to be involved and luckily the internet makes it easier than even to connect to these opportunities.

I realize everyone’s reactions and feelings to recent political events are varied, personal, and complicated. If we do take some steps to care for ourselves and our mental health, we we will not be in healthy enough state to help and advocate for others.

I'll leave you with a quote:

When I was a boy and saw scary things in the news, my mother would say to me ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster’, I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by that there are still so many helpers - so many caring people in the world.
— Mr. Rodgers