It can be difficult to stay positive especially when in a time of uncertainty.
Our brains are wired to loathe uncertainty. This is a mechanism that attempts to prepare us for the worst possible consequence. We’d rather know a definite outcome then face an unknown, even if that outcome is painful. For instance, a 2016 study at University College London found that participants would rather experience a small electric shock as opposed to sitting around with a 50% chance they’d experience the shock.
Psychologists link uncertainty to anxiety. But focusing your attention on the things within your control can be beneficial for your mental health. By turning our attention away from the situation outside of our control, we equip ourselves with the resilience required to see us through this difficult time. This might be something as simple as clearing out clutter, organising your home office, cleaning your kitchen or developing your own home workout session. These little things offer respite and unlock some peace of mind in the form of control and certainty.
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