⛳ Moving Forward in times of uncertainty

07 March 2022 · Updated 12 August 2022

The last weeks are the worst I’ve seen in my life, and it’s unclear what the world will look like when this all ends. It’s the same uncertainty as with the pandemic but on a different level.

Every day I wake up and read the news to see if there’s more aggression coming or if the sovereign country of Ukraine still stands.

It’s scary, but we all have to deal with the coming day. And I’d like to share with you the things I’m doing to keep my thoughts straight and not lose focus amidst this chaos.

 🤖 I stick to my routine to stay grounded—day in - Day Out. I have a list of things that I do every day, and I try to maintain it with a schedule. This makes me feel like I have some control over my life, and I know that I’m moving forward bit by bit if I stick to my habits.

🏞️ Fresh air and mindfulness. I go for walks to recharge myself and try to be in the moment. These short trips do wonders for inspiring calm and tranquility. I listen to some podcasts about things that interest me and try not to consume negative news.

📰 I try to limit my consumption of news. When the war started, I consumed Telegram Channels 24/7, barely distinguishing fake news from factual information. It did not help my mental health as I was constantly under stress from all the happening. It was adding fuel to the fear and uncertainty about the future.

Since then, I’ve unsubscribed from all the channels and read the news in a single block per day. The outside world will always be there.

🪡 I try to remember that moving the needle is enough. Doing something in this crisis is already better than doing nothing. There are so many messages out there “you should be doing this, or you should be doing that.” I think everyone does as much as they can, and every little bit counts.

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  • James

    One thing I’ve found really helpful in managing stress during these times is engaging in hobbies that are completely unrelated to the news or technology. For example, I took up gardening. It’s therapeutic, gets me off the screen, and provides a sense of accomplishment that’s tangible – you can see the results of your efforts grow. It might seem small, but it adds a layer of balance to life that’s hard to find elsewhere right now. This approach might help others too, offering a practical way to diversify their day-to-day activities and find some peace.

  • Rory

    Sticking to a routine really does wonders during uncertain times, doesn’t it? It’s like having an anchor amidst the stormy sea. I’ve found that the practice of tuning out from the constant stream of news, only absorbing it in designated times, has significantly reduced my anxiety. It’s essential to remember that while staying informed is important, inundating ourselves with too much information can do more harm than good. Doing small, positive actions daily, like you mentioned, helps in maintaining a sense of normalcy and contributes to the broader picture in ways we might not immediately realize.

  • Kiki

    It’s tough out there, no doubt. But sticking to routines, getting some fresh air, and limiting the news intake can really help navigate through these uncertain times. Remember, every little effort counts in making a difference during this crisis. Stay strong and focused!

  • Eugene

    I started building model airplanes as a way to distract myself from the constant stream of news. It’s surprisingly calming and keeps my mind focused on something positive and creative.