Throughout history, all cultures had to face uncertainty. Accidents, illness, death, erratic environments, unpredictable food sources, threats from rivals were everyday possibilities. Man survived because of his ability to adapt to new situations and change his mindset and behaviours accordingly. We were made to adapt and thrive, even in isolation. But we do have to be mindful of how we do it.
Change is uncomfortable, but disruption to social order such as what we’ve experienced with the COVID-19 pandemic was unimaginable to most of us (survivalists excluded). The world as we know it has changed, and we have no idea what it’s going to look like. Loss of jobs, financial insecurity, death of loved ones, isolation, dealing with a new normal and the uncertainty of what’s to come are all stressors each of us is facing daily. And it can negatively impact our mental and physical health if we don’t know how to cope effectively (and especially for those already struggling with a mental health issue).
Many people are reaching for quick, fun fixes to escape the isolation, which can be a pleasant diversion for a little while but can lead to substance abuse, overeating, online gambling, and excessive mind-numbing via tv, internet and video games. The problem is that relying on these short fixes for too long and ignoring your mental wellbeing could increase your risk of developing depression, anxiety, or addictions.
Fear comes from uncertainty; we can eliminate the fear within us when we know ourselves better. – Bruce Lee
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