46 DEALING WITH UNCERTAINTY Uncertainty is unavoidable, ubiquitous and happens in every single event we encounter in the world. The way individuals react and are affected by this is directly connected with their degree of confidence or levels or trust. When it comes to uncertainty and work and/or income issues, it can become a major source of tremendous anxiety for individuals in any professional field, especially if it’s a reoccurring event or for a long period. Even though “uncertainty” cannot be excluded or eliminated, there are many ways that an individual can utilise and/or incorporate in their life and career in order to minimise its harmful effects. 1. Perspective Whilst uncertainty is unavoidable, catastrophic thinking it will only make things worse. Finding the upside to a downside though, will help the person to trust the process and keep a sharp mind in order to find solutions when needed. 2. Build “Psychological Resilience” All people face trauma, adversity and everyday stresses, yet humans are an extremely adaptable species to life-changing situations mostly thanks to “resilience”. Resilience is the capacity to be flexible and adapting well in changes, attributes that support bouncing back when faced with adversity. 3. Amplify your “Problem-Solving Skills” Active Problem Solving and planning, can prompt you to become more proactive and take action over things you can control. 4. Invest on your “self – care” Dealing with job uncertainty is a difficult task and requires large sums of physical and emotional energy, which highlights even more the significance of self-care and personal wellbeing. Experiencing prolong feelings of tiredness, depression and/or stress, prevents individuals from performing their tasks with efficiency and thus making their quest in finding job security even more difficult. On the contrary, when individuals take care of their emotional and physical health, they become better equipped to deal with job related stressors and become more productive and creative in what they do. Mindful eating, resting when needed and regular exercise, can fortify the individual and enhance their stamina and resilience to adhere to demanding life situations. 5. “Count your Blessings” Scientific evidence suggests there is a strong connection between gratitude and well-being. Feelings of “Gratitude” or “Gratefulness” derive from the acknowledgement that your experience positive things and events, accompanied by an appraisal that another person or another source of inspiration/happiness such as nature, a divine entity, an artwork (music, books, images, movies, etc.).