5 Coping Strategies for Unprecedented Uncertain Times

Help to help you through

Janice Tovey
2 min readJan 22, 2022


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There is no place to hide from uncertainty. It surrounds us; each and everyone one of us. And it is taking a physical, emotional, and spiritual toll.

We know this:

We are not out of the woods yet. We are still in the thick of Covid with a health crisis, shortage of supplies, mental health crisis and medical professionals facing sickness and extreme stress.

It is all of us. We are all facing the same struggles in varying forms and degrees. We all now have some kind of post-traumatic stress infliction. Rather than a disease, we are all sharing some form of PTSD because of the stress.

The 5 Coping Strategies:

Take time to unwind: Take a digital detox. Consciously recharge your nervous system by moving away from screen time. This will help you energize your entire nervous system.

Be aware of triggers and stressors: Be aware of the areas in your life that cause you the most anxiety and stress. Be sensitive to old patterns. Employ coping mechanisms before emotions escalate. Breathe, meditate, remove yourself form stress provoking situations and take care of yourself.

Get support from family and friends: Try to create a routine in your life by making time to engage in regular social events. This can be in person if possible, or online. These activities will create a feeling of being connected and reduce isolation.

Tell yourself that all of your feelings are normal given the circumstances. Don’t beat yourself up for being scared, insecure or anxious. We all are.

Give yourself a pat on the back for your resilience. Celebrate all of your successes no matter how small. Look how far you have come. You are so much stronger than you know.

We are all wondering when this will be over. We are uncertain of how life will look and whether we will always feel uncertain and anxious.

Take comfort in knowing you have come this far. Take note of your accomplishments and remind yourself you are resilient and have coping skills to see you through.



Janice Tovey

My passion is writing. I also love reading, teaching, animals, nature, music, and humor. I am curious about everything and enjoy writing about all things.