Dealing With Uncertainty

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2020 has brought a hell of a lot of uncertainty into our world. People everywhere are suffering to some extent, whether it be mentally, emotionally, physically, environmentally, financially… We are all living through a global pandemic and one of the most intense presidential races in history. Stress levels are HIGH and we have all been pushed in ways we never imagined or expected.

Uncertainty is scary. Right now, we don’t know what lies ahead in regards to the pandemic, the election, the economy, and the environment. As humans, we crave certainty. We want answers, we want routine, and we want safety. This is only natural and normal.

Some of us are more go with the flow and can ride the wave of uncertainty better than others, but at the end of the day, uncertainty is unnerving for everyone. I wanted to share how I’ve personally been dealing with the uncertainty of our country, our world, and my own life (which btw I’m by no means doing perfectly…) – in case you’ve been struggling to process all.of.the craziness!

Dealing With Uncertainty

Meditation

I’ve been doing this meditation every morning for the past 4 years. You can read more it here. It makes me a calmer, happier, more focused person. You can use code KAT to get 40% off the online course!

Lemon Water

Having hot water with lemon every morning really soothes my digestion system and body when I wake up. It’s a simple ritual, but one I never miss. The lemon alkalizes my body (aka it basically helps keep any inflammation at bay.) Inflammation is toxic and comes from stress, certain food we eat, the environment, etc. so it’s crucial to constantly be doing things that reverse it. I know many people simply squeeze the lemon juice into their water and toss the lemon itself, but you actually want to put the lemon slice with the peel into the water since the peel has a ton of amazing nutrients.

Volunteer

If you’re feeling stuck, get outside your own head and find a local charity in your community to get involved with. All I had to do to find one in my area was google the town + charity – and hundreds popped up. I also asked many of you on stories which local charities you recommended, and got great suggestions which helped me narrow it down to the one I am currently involved with. If you don’t feel comfortable volunteering in person, then you can volunteer by dropping off canned goods, winter coats, or school supplies. There are so many people in need right now – literally charities are overwhelmed with requests. Now is the time to give back in your hometown. Think globally, act locally.

Scheduled Weekly Workout

I have a scheduled workout in my calendar once a week that I never miss. Having it set up consistently, really sets the tone for my week. Exceptions are when it falls on a vacation (I am just not one of those people who works out on vacation) or when it falls on my period (I follow Alisa Vitti’s Flo Living cycle syncing advice – it’s a game changer.)

Hart of Dixie + Lighthearted Media

Hart of Dixie may be the cheesiest show ever lol! I actually tried watching it yearsssss ago, and couldn’t because I thought it was so bad. BUT I gave it another try a few months ago, and am so glad I did (it definitely gets better toward the end of Season 1.) The world needs more cheesiness, fun, laughter, romance, positivity, you know? This show provides a brief, happy escape – highly recommend. Other lighthearted shows I love to watch can be found here…Schitt’s Creek is a GREAT one if you haven’t already watched it.

Puppy Love

If you don’t have a dog, and can have one, I highly recommend rescuing one! What better time than now to rescue a sweet animal in need?! I rescued my sweet Charlie 3 years ago from Vanderpump Dogs in LA, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. Dogs bring SO MUCH JOY to life.

Therapy

Your insurance plan may cover a certain amount of therapy sessions per year for free! Or you may even just have to pay a $15 copay so it never hurts to call and ask. If not, there are a ton of wonderful resources – I wrote a post about how to find a therapist here. I personally really appreciate having someone neutral to speak to a few times a month about whatever is going on in my life. A trained professional that you trust, can often have incredible insight, wisdom and advice.

Edit

This year has really made me think about who and what I want to spend my time and energy on. I’ve really edited the content I consume, the people I talk to, the businesses I support. Edit out the negative, uninspiring or anything that doesn’t sit well with you! Don’t feel bad about doing so either – this is your life after all.

Get Inspired

Order any one of Brene Brown’s books – she’s the best. Pick up a biography of someone you’ve always admired or been interested in. If you’re stuck, here’s a list of books I love.

Own It

If you’re feeling lonely; own it. If you’re feeling jealous; own it. If you’re feeling depressed; own it. Don’t try to fight or hide your feelings. The best thing you can do, is admit and acknowledge whatever is going on, no matter how much you may not want to look at it. You can’t fix a problem or move past it until you OWN and acknowledge it. Write it down, tell a close friend or family member, share these feelings with your significant other, or therapist. Get it off your chest, I promise you will feel so much better rather than constantly trying to distract or stifle whatever it is that you’re feeling. Those feelings won’t go away unless you face them head on, you know?

Again, I am by nooooo means an A+ passenger in this global pandemic, political, quarantine fiasco we are going through at the moment, but these are just a few things that have massively helped me stay sane with all of the uncertainty surrounding us. Anything helping you during these challenging times? Would love to know <3

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5 Comments

  • Catherine Truong says:

    Thank you for sharing these tips that have helped you, and pointing us in the direction for some help/resources. Also, thank you for sharing your authenticity and letting us know that you, too, find this a trying time. Some times, I forget that, and imagine your life as beautiful as your photos 24/7!

    I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression in my adult life, and I relapsed hard during the beginning of the pandemic. I relate to many of the tips you’ve laid, and many similar tips have (speaking to my therapist, owning my mental health, exercising, my pups).

    Taking morning “sanity” walks have helped me immensely. I head out with one of my pups, and we walk along a park path for 40-60 minutes before we start our day. Being outside in nature really helped me to reconnect with myself to be in a better mental space, and feel more energized – which each day building on the last.

    It was also not one thing that helped me get out of my slump. It was a combination of pushing myself to reconnect with the activities that used to bring me joy, and doing it day after day. One good day would lead to another good day. There were still setbacks, but eventually the good days would equal the bad days, and now, I have mostly good days. I have also worked with my therapist to be more self aware of how I deal with stress, and create a plan to proactively manage my stress levels.

    Thank you again for sharing your thoughts and perspectives with us, Kat! You are like a ray of sunshine through this pandemic for me :)

    October 2, 2020 | Reply
    • kat@withlovefromkat.com replied:

      Catherine!

      Thank you so much for your sweet message! I love that you take your sanity walks – going to try doing those too! Yes, same for me – it is the combo of different things that helps me make the most of each day. We are all going through something right now and it’s nice to know we are all, in one way or another, in this together. Enjoy your weekend :)

      xx

      October 2, 2020 | Reply
  • Lisa Autumn says:

    Meditation is really helping me so much right now x

    Lisa | lisaautumn.com

    October 2, 2020 | Reply
    • kat@withlovefromkat.com replied:

      So glad to hear that!!

      October 3, 2020 | Reply
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