Written by Bernie Carr
If you look at the news lately, you may feel overwhelmed by the uncertainties and challenges that surround us. Whether it’s natural disasters, political unrest, economic instability, or global health crises, these concerns can weigh heavily on our minds. While you can’t control everything, there are proactive steps you can take to ease your worries and prepare for emergencies and threats. In this article, we’ll explore how to regain a sense of control and peace of mind in uncertain times.
Your Worries are Valid
It’s essential to start by acknowledging your worries and anxieties. It’s entirely natural to feel concerned about the state of the world, and denying or suppressing these emotions can lead to more significant stress. Take the time to reflect on your feelings and accept that it’s okay to feel uneasy. Recognizing your emotions is the first step toward finding a way to address them.
Focus on What You Can Control
One of the most effective ways to alleviate anxiety is to concentrate on things you can control. While you can’t influence global events, you have agency over various aspects of your life. Consider these steps:
1. Personal Well-being: Prioritize your physical and mental health. Maintain a balanced diet, exercise regularly, get enough sleep, and practice stress-reduction techniques like meditation or deep breathing.
2. Financial Preparedness: Build a financial safety net by saving money, reducing debt, and creating a budget. Being financially prepared can provide a sense of security in uncertain times.
3. Emergency Preparedness: Prepare for emergencies and threats by creating a family emergency plan. Stock up on essential supplies like non-perishable food, water, first-aid kits, and important documents.
5. Community Engagement: Connect with your local community and participate in volunteer work or neighborhood organizations. Building strong community ties can offer support during difficult times.
Stop Doom Scrolling
Sometimes late at night, I have found myself obsessively checking the news, scrolling through post after post of doom and gloom. This can lead to a sleepless night. While it’s crucial to stay informed about current events, consuming too much news can lead to increased anxiety. Set boundaries on how often you check the news and which sources you trust. Focus on reliable, balanced information and avoid sensationalism.
Don’t hesitate to seek emotional support from friends, family, or mental health professionals. Talking about your worries can be a significant relief, and others may offer perspectives and coping strategies you hadn’t considered.
Maintain a Positive Mindset
A positive outlook can significantly impact your ability to cope with uncertainty. Focus on what you’re grateful for and practice mindfulness. By adopting a more optimistic mindset, you can build resilience and better manage stress.
Consider adopting more sustainable practices in your daily life. Reducing your environmental impact and conserving resources will help make you feel more in control and save money as well.
In a world filled with uncertainties, it’s natural to worry about the state of affairs. Remember that you are not alone in your concerns. By acknowledging your feelings, concentrating on what you can control, preparing for emergencies and threats, and seeking support, you can regain a sense of control and find peace of mind.
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About the author
Bernie Carr is the founder of Apartment Prepper. She has written several books including the best-selling Prepper’s Pocket Guide, Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure, The Penny-Pinching Prepper, and How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget. Bernie’s latest e-book, FRUGAL DIY has just been released on Amazon. Her work appears on sites such as the Allstate Blog and Clark.com, as well as print magazines such as Backwoods Survival Guide and Prepper Survival Guide. She has been featured in national publications such as Fox Business and Popular Mechanics. Learn more about Bernie here.
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