It can be hard to hold on to feelings of hope and gratitude when so much about our lives continues to be uncertain. Many of us are looking for answers to questions that simply don’t have answers right now. In this video, we talk about the importance of acknowledging that this situation is anything but normal and to look for ways to manage those feelings of uncertainty.
We reference the work of Dr. Lucy Hone from the New Zealand Institute of Wellbeing and Resilience who urges us to (1) recognize that bad things happen to all of us; (2) break free of the cycle of rumination by asking ourselves “Is what I’m focusing on helpful or harmful?”; and (c) Be in control of the things that still remain within our control.
Reflecting on how things are going (what’s working and what’s not) and reframing unhelpful thoughts are other helpful strategies for dealing with uncertainty.
Dr. Jean Clinton is a Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster, division of Child Psychiatry. She is also a renowned advocate for children’s issues.
Ann Douglas is the author of numerous books about parenting including, most recently, HAPPY PARENTS, HAPPY KIDS and PARENTING THROUGH THE STORM. She is also the weekend parenting columnist for CBC Radio.
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