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Dealing with uncertainty

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We often try to cope with uncertainty through:

1.

Seeking excessive reassurance from others

2.

Micromanaging others

3.

Procrastinating

4.

Repeatedly checking things

How to cope with uncertainty

1.

Take actions over the things you can control

2.

Challenge your need for certainty. Ask yourself:

• What are the advantages and disadvantages of certainty?

• How much can you be certain about in life?

• Do you assume bad things will happen because of uncertain outcomes?

• What is the likelihood that bad things will happen?

How to cope with uncertainty

3.

Learn to accept uncertainty

• Identify your uncertainty triggers

• Recognise when you feel the need for certainty

• Allow yourself to feel the uncertainty

• Let go

• Shift your attention

4.

Focus on the present

5.

Manage stress and anxiety (through relaxation, exercise, sleep and a healthy diet)

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