Coping with uncertainty - Can we be certain about our uncertainty?
Uncertainty can be overwhelming. It makes us question almost everything- from all our dreams, goals, plans for life, to even, our existence. This pandemic has aggressively alleviated uncertainty around us and has deeply affected our health, work & education as well as our relationships. While a healthy share of unexpectedness may help us negotiate and align better with potential risks, it is not always the case. Sometimes it is too much to cope with, and can dampen our efficiency; leaving us anxious, fearful and/ or hopeless. This is all because, we as humans look for security- knowing what we can do in order to accomplish our desired goals.
With uncertainty being the new normal, at this week's Focus Group Session, we're talking about 'what triggers uncertainty?', 'how uncertainty affects us?' and 'how we can cope with uncertainty'. This is a safe space for you to share you mental health concerns/experiences with others facing similar circumstances and extend and receive support from one another under the guidance of a trained facilitator who would be moderating activities and discussions for self-reflection.
All you need to bring is yourself, a notebook/paper, a pen or pencil, water, and an open mind! Hope to see you there!
Going through a mental health challenge can make you feel isolated and afraid, among many other things. I remember feeling this way when I was in a difficult place, and that's when I signed up for a buddy circle at HiO. Although I was scared at first, that changed to relief and a sense of hope. The buddy circle reminded me that I'm not completely alone in my journey; help and company is always an arm's reach away :')
Buddy Circle serves exactly what it promises! I remember being a little nervous about my first session, but as you see people open up one by one and you relate with other's struggles, it feels like you're a part of a community, and you can really understand each other. What I liked about the buddy circle was that it always provides us with a learning strategy, something to take back and implement in your everyday life.