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Dealing with Uncertainty

Saturday, April 18, 2020

As we move into week 5 of staying at home there are days when my anxiety is off the charts and days when I'm just fine. If I think back, imagine that the days when I'm fine correspond to those days where I've limited the news I watch and read. It really helps that we are still in Florida and the weather has cooperated so that we can get outside in the sun to exercise or relax in our back yard.

I read something yesterday that hit me "this is why I get crazy!" It's the uncertainty. has a new newsletter "Staying Apart, Together: A newsletter to help us cope with coronavirus." It comes to my e-mailbox twice/week. the latest had a great section on uncertainty. from the article: "People never know what's going to happen next. But because they have routines, they make predictions about what is probable and this provides comfort. The pandemic has decimated that." For most of us those routines have been thrown out the window and even though we're making new routines, it may not be the same. And I've learned from experience that worry never made a difference and it isn't going to help now.

We also had a major worry/uncertainty cleared up yesterday. We are selling our lake house and the June 1 closing is going through (PHEW!) and we're going to rent it back for the month of June. that gives us time to get back to NY and get it cleared out and have some things moved to our permanent home. That takes a load off my mind.

And now it is on with the day! It is sunny and warm here in Florida. We've had two long walks. May get more rain later which we need. Grateful for that. Found free fitness videos on my TV and took a restorative yoga class yesterday and grateful for that. We never really used Netflix and know that there are plenty of great shows....grateful for that!

How are you all handing the uncertainty?
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    I agree there is comfort in routines. As soon as I create one I felt better! Also, counting my blessings: there are so many for me to count!

    Stay well and active!
    162 days ago
    It's one day at a time. That's all we have anyway. Good luck with the move. emoticon emoticon
    162 days ago
    One day at a time :)
    163 days ago
  • ALICIA363
    I forgot to list sudoku puzzles! They are anxiety calming for me. I am going through an unprecedented amount of them!
    163 days ago
  • BJAEGER307
    Taking it day by day. I definitely limit my access to the news. We keep busy, as you know housework is never done. Been cooking, and baking which I haven't done in quite a while. Doing entertaining things, plus exercising mainly on our treadmill and stationary bike and weights.

    If the weather would get better we'd have plenty to do outside, but being here in Michigan, for which this state cannot make up it's mind if it's Spring or still winter. This week we had 2 1/2 inches of snow. Go figure. All this up and down temp stuff is not good for our state's agriculture. We have a very big cherry business and I'm hoping those trees didn't bloom yet.

    Enjoy your weather, at least you have that going for you.
    163 days ago
    emoticon walking daily mediating saying the rosary and getting outside
    163 days ago
    I follow my usual morning routine, but I tune a deaf ear to the news which repeats itself over and over. I much prefer the sounds of nature--like birds singing, and our own two little birds happy sounds. The house is quiet and if anything is trying to get on my last nerve---is the continual banging of the basketball by the next door neighbors and those across the street. On that, I think I will put on some nice music to drown it out---Have done so much spring cleaning, I honestly can't find one more thing to do. Now for an attitude adjustment.
    164 days ago
    Surprisingly enough the uncertainty hasn't really bothered me (yet)! Having to be around my fellow housemates can be very irritating at times. That's when I can turn off my hearing aids, leave the room, go for a walk or just sit on the balcony and pray!
    164 days ago
  • ALICIA363
    The new routines are helping me, and I try to approximate time points that were before: arrival-at-work greetings, daily bulletin time point, announcements, dismissal. I've added walk the dog on my lunch half-hour, but it doesn't leave a lot of time to eat.
    When I feel my anxiety rise to an unacceptable level, deep breaths, sleep, and/or alcohol seem to help. I have to be careful about that last one!
    I guess I've lived through enough uncertainty that I know to take this uncertainty one day at a time. Yes, the anxiety increases when I don't do that!
    164 days ago
    Reading the news too often definitely increases my anxiety. Exercise helps me manage it the most. Also, immersing myself in my own work or schooling my kids helps distract me. Best wishes with the move.
    164 days ago
    Yes, lack of steady routine definitely is @ the root of anxiety that I feel sometimes.

    Good luck w/your move!
    164 days ago
    So glad to hear that your real estate deal has closed as well, a big worry load gone for sure. Here I just got word that I can rent the BnB I had reserved for June 1 beginning on May 29, that gives me 2 extra days to unwind after the movers are here and I don't have to worry about not having a place to hang my hat for that time( I was prepared to sleep in my car and exist on take out).
    I follow my usual routine with the added extra of packing a couple of boxes each day, that keeps me grounded. No real news after 4pm, lots of walking and an hour of Netflix in the evening plus reading time before turning in for the night. My biggest missing thing- hugs from and with my family. A poll was taken here last week and hugs missed were the top item in all of Canada.
    164 days ago
    Uncertainty - some days it gets to me, other days are better.
    Days when I'm more physically active and stay away from the "news" are better.
    164 days ago
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