How to Deal With Widespread Uncertainty

Times can get tough. Whether you are living in a situation of family problems, social uprising, or economic fears, it can seem as if conflict is bubbling up and about to rise to the top, affecting the lives of everyone.


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    Recognize whether the uncertainty is widespread in your life, or in the lives of others. Familial problems that you are having are not affecting everyone, but they could be creating uncertainty in your life. On the other hand, economic and social problems affect everyone equally, and this "uncertainty" spreads rapidly.
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    If the uncertainty is in society, avoid making yourself a part of the "mob panic." Panic is not a helpful response in any situation, not even in a disaster. Try to remain calm, and think of rational ways to improve your lot and the situation. After financial or social disasters, it can appear that society is coming down and that it is a good idea to "fend for yourself." Instead, it is during this time that you should try to be as kind to others as possible. Kindness can easily win over chaos in the end.
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    If the widespread uncertainty is in your life, you must take action. Are you worried about whether you can keep a certain relationship? Have you just gotten out of a terrible situation and do you not know what to do? Are you (or someone that is close to you) experiencing health problems? The first step to resolving the uncertainty is calm. It may seem ridiculous, but you need something to tie down the conflict. If you are religious, prayer and meditation are always good options. (If you are not religious, try to spend time in introspective reflection, but avoid doing absolutely nothing.) Realize that you need to stamp out the source of uncertainty, inevitably. If the uncertainty is with a person, you eventually need to talk to that person. If the uncertainty is with your health, you need to confront the realities of whatever problem that you have and accept that it exists. Do not assume that the conflict or uncertainty will disappear due to a miracle, but do not become cynical, either.
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    Remember, it is your state of mind that helps. If you are panicked, worried, or fraught with trouble, this will begin to affect every decision that you make. It is best to not show or consider all emotions in a state of uncertainty, because you will ponder many things. Avoid frustration, but attempt to embrace the ideas of mitigating harmful emotions (blame, anger, selfishness, confusion) and remaining rational, no matter what is going on.
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    Avoid changing who you are. In the wake uncertainty in life and in society, many people turn to violence, anger, bitterness, or self-serving behaviors. Realize that situations may be dire, but the ends do not justify the means. In many a social crisis, the public turns to rioting, looting, and pillaging. Many people that have a crisis in their lives become bitter or angry individuals. It is widespread uncertainty that leads to a crisis, and by making the right choices up to the crisis, you can ensure that you will continue to do what is right, and more importantly, that you can live with the things that you have already done.


  • Be rational, not emotional, and not stoic. Being emotional ensures that you will be hurt by every changing situation. Being stoic makes you inhuman and less likely to help others. Being rational is being in balance, and being logical. Logic and goodwill are good answers to chaos.


  • Whatever you do, avoid doing absolutely nothing. Even if the "widespread uncertainty" is in your personal life, you can definitely help other people. If the "widespread uncertainty" is social in nature, your opportunities to help others increase tenfold! Helping others can bring a sense of normalcy to even an apocalyptic situation.

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