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What can we do to help in dealing with uncertainty?
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Here are some hints to help in dealing with uncertainty and if you ever feel like a big heavy blanket of doubt and uncertainty has been pulled over you.
Some people who have been able to bounce back from periods of stress caused by uncertainty and fear were able to adopt a range of self-care practices and reflection. The best ones I have come across include the following:
One step at a time
Live life in the moment, focusing on today and what you need to achieve. Break bigger goals into smaller tasks and apply yourself, focusing on the small steps day-by-day.
Often we are told to set long-term goals for the future and, while it’s important to have those goals in mind when applying ourselves daily, we also really have no idea about what the future holds. So perhaps it is more important to focus on the here and now, the small things that we are able to have more influence over.
Run your own race
Rather than focusing too much on what everyone else is doing and all of the outside ‘noise’, by turning your attention to your own personal goals and focusing on life areas that are personally meaningful, you’ll gain the opportunity to create greater fulfilment and clearer purpose in how you live.
Can you control this?
Be clear about differentiating between what you can control and things outside of your control. Choose to focus and direct your attention towards things you can control.
Cultivate qualities of acceptance and surrendering to the direction that life is pointing us towards. This allows you to welcome each circumstance as a new opportunity to create something new in each moment.
Will you react or respond?
Choose to be clear about how you wish to respond to setbacks and challenges – to be reactive, or responsive?
By checking in with our emotional reactions to setbacks we can make proactive choices about how we respond. This allows us to operate from a place of greater agency in making the most of challenging circumstances.
Routine gives you a sense of certainty about how you approach your life. Subsequently, this allows you to be proactive in meeting the demands of the day ahead.
Prioritise self-care and enjoyment
This is arguably the most important step. Learn to enjoy the simple things. Tune into the simplicity of life and take time to ‘smell the roses’. Allow yourself time to explore, fully absorb and take pleasure in the things you enjoy.
Through these simple habits and practices, we cultivate qualities and attitudes that help us meet uncertainty with a little more clarity and optimism.
And be comforted by the truism that it is through struggle we are offered the opportunity to build gratitude and strength.
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What is the perfect recipe to set your day up for success?
Research indicates that having a planned routine to start the day helps with maintaining a calm state of mind, sustained focus and increased productivity throughout (e.g., McLean, Koopman & Yim, 2020). Many highly successful people use a range of habits as part of their routines. Tony Robbins’ cold plunge pool, others like Tim Ferris and Oprah start their day with meditation, while Mark Zuckerberg and Richard Branson prefer to get their morning sweat on!
So what is the best way to start your day?
The general consensus is clear about the things we should steer away from i.e. scrolling through devices, focusing on negative news articles, and poor sleep routines. These are likely to set us up for lower energy levels and a negative mindset throughout our day.
However, the consensus is still out there about the best morning routine. Perhaps it is more about what suits each of us as individuals. While some are naturally “morning people”, others find they function better in the later parts of the day. So an ideal morning routine could rather be framed as a daily routine to work with our natural trajectory of energy throughout our day.
Rather than trying to force a dogmatic approach to our daily lives, it may be more suitable to experiment and tune into whatever works best for us.
Whether it be low intensity, or higher intensity movement;
Yoga, or meditation;
Reading a book, or journaling;
Cold showers/plunge pools, or walm, relaxing shower;
Coffee, or herbal tea;
Fasting, or a well balanced nutritional breakfast;
The choices and opportunity to experiment are endless. To choose the best routine, perhaps it is most important to tune into what we most need on a daily basis. By making active choices and proactively planning our morning routines, we give ourselves an opportunity to create the conditions for our daily success.
To create your ideal morning routine and set your days up for success, Deeper Potential can help you develop a free daily planning assessment