As we head towards the Brexit deadline, many of you reading this may be feeling anxious about what lies ahead.
We seem to have been constantly living in a world of uncertainty and it’s likely to feel even more uncertain in the months to come.
So how can you deal with uncertainty when it comes to employment in today’s job market?
1. Acceptance – The first step is to accept some things just aren’t in your control. You can’t control everything. Try to let go of any anxiety you may have around what may, or may not, happen. If you are looking for work you may be carrying this anxiety around with you and projecting it at interview to hiring managers and Recruiters. Equally, if you are worried about your job it may be easy to get caught up in everyone else’s anxiety and that will just feed it and make it stronger. There is only so much you can do yourself, you are not powerless but you are human and the way you treat yourself is in your control, so be kind to yourself.
“Understanding is the first step to acceptance, and only with acceptance can there be recovery.”
― J.K. Rowling
2. Visualisation – Try to visualise the very best outcome. It is human nature to default to negative thinking first and what could be the ‘worst case scenario’. If you think back to times when you were worried and anxious about something, you may recognise how your brain was more likely to catastrophise both the situation and the outcome unnecessarily. The more energy you put in to thinking the worst, the more likely it will happen. Being aware of the worst case scenario and the implications is fine, however, once that is established, start focusing on the positives and keep calm. Instead, try imagining the best possible scenario
“The man who has no imagination has no wings.” – Muhammad Ali
3. Appreciation – you’ve faced uncertainty before and when you reflect on your past you will realise everything was uncertain then too. Being here, reading this right now is proof you are strong and resilient enough to make it through uncertain times. So take stock of the journey you have been on and think about what helped you before. Writing down your concerns is also a great way to see them clearly; they are easier to tackle in black and white than swirling around in your head.
“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have,you will never, ever have enough” ― Oprah Winfrey
4. Don’t stop – uncertainty keeps us on our toes and at the right levels can be healthy. If we didn’t have an element of anxiety or stress in our lives, life would become dull and meaningless. Uncertainty and stress gives us the energy we need to take action and move forward and can trigger our ‘Flight or Fight’ mechanism in our brains. However, if we get too anxious, it can have the opposite effect and be paralyzing. If you know you tend to avoid dealing with the future, remind yourself that although dealing with uncertainty is hard, there are consequences for not facing it head on.
“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” ― Robert Frost
5. Opportunities – come from uncertainty and change. While that may appear daunting, think of uncertainty in a different way: you are standing on the threshold of possibility. Consider the opportunities this uncertainty may bring for you. If you are looking for work, there may be new options and different jobs created. If your current job situation is uncertain, think about what new and exciting options could be created from it The majority of people who are made redundant often find more stimulating and rewarding work and recognise, in hindsight, the change was the push they needed.
“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word ‘crisis.’ One brush stroke stands for danger;
the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger, but recognize the opportunity.” ― John F. Kennedy