I have issues with unpredictability. It gives me a feeling of discomfort that causes me to engage in behaviors that annoy others– whining, complaining, and being agitated. If I’m able to catch myself reacting negatively to uncertainty, I redirect my energy to tasks that keep me busy. Creating achievable goals and working towards them relieve my stress from uncertainty.
So many changes have occurred during the first week with the new administration. I listen to commentators who, previously informative and entertaining, pontificate about the doomsday consequences of change. A lot of the talk is geared to attract large audiences, but it’s unnerving to hear negativity day after day. The bottom line: the future is more unpredictable than it was just a short while ago, and the same way pollsters were unable to predict the results of the presidential election, news commentators are not much better at forecasting the future of our evolving country.
If you are disturbed by the multitude of changes, focus on what you can control. Take a break from the news. Find comfort that whatever seemed to be the breaking story this past week will flow through the turbulent pool of editorial fodder after a few days–and summarized for you at the end of the week. If you crave worrying, these are great times. If you prefer peace of mind, accept that you may not have access to, or even want, the pertinent details of each breaking news story. Tune out the agitators who wish to increase their audience, and devote your energies to goals you are able to achieve.