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Coping Techniques Everyone Ought to Know During Uncertain Times

How to adapt when times get tough and we have nowhere to go

Outside of the work environment, many people don’t like to be told what to do or how to do it, generally speaking. We have free will and the ability to make conscious choices for ourselves. Understandably, sometimes we do need to be pointed in the right direction and offered guidance, but we typically don’t like to be micromanaged. These instances may trigger a flashback to childhood experiences for some individuals. However, common sense and parental advice guide us through when we need it the most.

Living with uncertainty is challenging for most people because we tend to be an immediate availability and instant gratification society. Most everything we seek, including having our questions answered, is available to us most of the time, and now it is not. As humans, we function on the linear aspect of time. We need to know specific dates and times to plan our schedule and life accordingly. Not knowing the outcome or having a specific end date can be extremely stressful because we tend to be detail-oriented.

Many of us, unknowingly, allow the energies around us to affect our energy, which can result in frustration and aggravation. When we feel anxious and tend to dread certain people, places or things, it’s a good idea to take a moment to breathe in deeply and let go of the lower and heavier vibrational emotions of fear, worry, doubt, regret, guilt, shame, anger and frustration as we breathe in the higher vibrational energies of love, peace and compassion. Subsequently, we can also allow ourselves to acknowledge those individuals and situations that are triggers for us as well as those people, places and things that push our buttons, so that we can clear those triggers from affecting us anymore.

When we notice a tightness in our jawline and recognize that we may grind our teeth or clench our jaws, this can be an indication of holding in the frustrations. It may also mean that there are words that we are not expressing. It could also just mean that we are stressed, or perhaps, it is all of the above. If we realize that we are not expressing ourselves fully, we may be guided to at least say what we need to telepathically/energetically if we feel that we are unable to verbalize the words.

In those instances that we feel annoyed, bothered or triggered, we can state aloud or in our mind, “This bothers me. This is affecting me. I feel annoyed.” Express whatever wordage that would apply. In doing so, we are choosing to clear the energy in that moment rather than allowing it to build and fester into something more.

Here are a few simple, actionable tips and coping techniques to overcome frustration and live life more fully, especially during these uncertain times:

Tip #1 – Be Present

Focus your energy on being present in this moment. Being present involves living in the moment rather than focusing on the future or dwelling in the past.

Tip #2 – Breathe

Take a moment to become conscious of your breath. Visualize yourself breathing in healing energy, then exhaling the uncertainty. Breathe in peace, love, ease and compassion as you exhale the pain, hurt, fear, frustration, worry and doubt.

Tip #3 – Ground Your Energy

Grounding your energy keeps you present and in the moment. It completes the energy circuit and anchors your energy to the earth below. Visualize your legs as tree roots growing deep into the earth. Going barefoot and staying hydrated helps to ground as well.

Tip #4 – Center Your Energy

Centering your energy involves finding that calm spot deep inside yourself that is eternal being-ness. Take a few deep breaths and bring awareness inward to the central essence — that place that is peaceful and serene no matter what the external circumstance.

Tip #5 – Surrender

Surrender and release to the Universe anything you cannot control. The five things you can actually control are your own thoughts, words, actions, emotions and responses.

By far, becoming aware of where we tend to reside energetically is most important when coping with the stress of uncertainty. Being present also involves acknowledging, recognizing and then silencing the voice inside our head, otherwise known as mind chatter — the flow of words in the form of thoughts and questions that stream through our mind continuously causing doubt and uncertainty. Focus on living, being and breathing in the moment as an intentional practice of being present. Being present also entails being present with those in your presence. It should be noted that linear time does have its relevance, especially when we have obligations and commitments. We have places to be and people to see, such as a doctor’s appointment, work meeting or personal rendezvous. The element of time is significant, but can also be restrictive and stressful, especially when the outcome is uncertain.

Of course, we would appreciate having all of our questions answered and knowing the outcome, but that just isn’t possible in many instances. Adapting to our circumstances is ultimately essential for our physical health and mental/emotional being. Using these coping techniques can assist us tremendously.

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