Why is this skill important?
Rationally, we accept uncertainty as a part of life. Yet our emotional mind seems determined to convince us that it is otherwise. Anxiety is one of the most common mental health conditions in our twenty-five century world. Frequently underlying this condition is a hidden demand for absolute certainty. It is often a core demand in general anxiety , PTSD and obsessive compulsive disorder(OCD). Many people with depression also struggle with the uncertainty surrounding the condition. The same can be said for numerous physical health and other challenges we face in life.
It is therefore essential to develop the skill of how to deal with uncertainty . Each one of us will encounter periods of stress throughout our lives , with accompanying uncertainty . Those who master this skill will be emotionally more resilient to such stressors , which will automatically reduce the mental health challenges such periods can engender.
One could say that chance favours the prepared mind!
I will complete in article 2 soon .
If you are constantly struggling with a demand for absolute certainty in some, or all, areas of your life, I suggest the following exercise, which was first shared .It will require a sense of humour , burning desire to banish this demand and , on occasion , the enlisting of assistance from those close to you.
The coin exercise:
Let’s begin by asking you to write down on a piece of paper a list of personality enjoyable activities .
Here is the typical list.
- TV and Netflix programme
- Going out to a movie
- Going out with a partner for a meal. Different forms of exercise.
- Having a glass of wine with a meal.
- Social media.
- Reading an enjoyable book.
- Meeting up with friends in a coffee.
I will complete in article 3 soon.
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