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    Paula Thompson

    Remembering Who You Are In the Midst of Uncertainty

    Taking a few deep breaths and remembering who you are can be a powerful tool when managing uncertainty and stress. Your thoughts can act like tiny fireflies on a warm summer night, dancing around your head and having an internalized conversation that distracts from what's truly important in life.

    Maybe you're worried about the future, or struggling to make sense of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. No matter what the source of anguish, it's essential to take a step back, take some deep breaths and remember who you are. Allowing yourself to take a break and reconnect with yourself will help balance the inner monologue of worries and distractions, allowing you to gain clarity.

    Reminding yourself of your strength and resilience will allow you to put aside fears and approach the struggle with determination and focus. Keeping track of your thought patterns and noting when they start to spiral into negativity can help you pause, center yourself, and assess the situation more objectively. Some days, it's easier said than done, especially if stress has been building up for months or years.

    Another useful technique is to imagine yourself as a peaceful or soothing place, such as a beach or a park. Imagine being surrounded by serenity and beauty, where you can be free from expectations and stress and feel supported. Picture yourself in this place as often as you need; whenever you get overwhelmed, desperate or fearful, bring your attention to this image and allow yourself to become soothed.

    You can also take the time to express yourself in different ways. Whether it’s through writing, crafting, painting or playing music, finding solace in creative activities allows you to use those passions as healing processes. Find healthy outlets for your energy and don’t be ashamed of your emotions — it’s all part of the journey of understanding yourself better.

    Another useful tactic is to take care of yourself, both mentally and physically. Exercise has been proven to reduce stress hormones in the brain and activities like journaling and meditation can help calm your mind and provide added clarity throughout difficult times. Taking supplements for mental health can be beneficial too; research has revealed natural supplements such as magnesium and omega-3 fatty acids can be helpful in managing mental health concerns.

    Finding balance and taking care of yourself during uncertain times can be challenging but also incredibly effective. Don’t let your thoughts fool you. No matter how chaotic and painful life can be, taking a moment to pause and remember who you are and where you come from can help return the light of hope and balance even during the darkest hours.

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