How to Create Certainty During Uncertain Times

Almost everyone right now is experiencing some form of uncertainty. We don’t know how long we are going to be in quarantine, and how long non-essential businesses will be closed. We don’t know the ramifications of this virus. We don’t know if things will ever return to normal. There are a lot of unknowns, and that can be scary, anxiety-provoking and intimidating.

But, all of those things, are out of our control.  Of all of the overwhelming and daunting things that are out of our control, there are still some really great things that we can control.

Here is a list of the top 5 things I do to keep myself engaged and positive during these uncertain times!

5 ways to bring certainty into your life during uncertain times:

1 - Stick to your routine

Wake up at the same time you did pre-quarantine, and get ready as if you were going into the office (put on pants please!).

Make your bed – this small task at the start of the day will help you feel accomplished and set the rest of your day up for success.

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If you want to change the world, start off by making your bed.

2 - Move your body

Even if you can’t get outside or to a gym, it is still important to keep your body moving.

Walk up and down the stairs a few times, do some sit ups or pushups, of throw on a YouTube how-to video of yoga or stretches.

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The only bad workout is the one that didn’t happen.

3 - Put good things in your body

Eating healthy is more important now more than ever! Make sure you are still eating a balanced nutritious diet.

If you’re wanting to snack, make sure you have some healthy snacks like carrots, or nuts at the ready!

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The first wealth is health.

4 - Put good things in your Mind

Create a positive playlist of songs that really gets you in a good mood!

Listen to podcasts. Check out our social media pages for some great podcast and video recommendations to help keep a positive mindset.

Unfollow people or organizations on social media that are a cause of anxiety for you.

Stop watching the news. Of course, it is important to keep yourself up to date and informed, but the news can do it in an inflammatory and dramatic way that’s designed to get you in a tizzy. Instead, go to canaca.ca/covid-19 or the World Health Organization for important updates.

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Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.

5 - Maintain a Gratitude Practice

Whether it’s 2 minutes or 2 hours, this is a simple thing you can do each day to remember what you are grateful for.

You can not be grateful and unhappy at the same time. So if you are tired of feeling bad, think about all of the good things you have going in your life right now!

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Gratitude is the solution to anger and fear.

Now it's your turn!

It’s okay to have bad days, or be in a bad mood, but whether or not we stay in that state is up to us. These strategies help me when I’m feeling lost or overwhelmed with uncertainty. I hope these tools help bring some of that stability and certainty into your life, too!

And now, it’s your turn! Share with us which technique you are going to implement right away to bring more certainty into your life. We’d also like to hear techniques and tips you’ve already successfully implemented.

Leave your answers in the comments below!

Author of this post:
Lisa Karjala
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