Change and uncertainty can make us feel anxious, fearful, frustrated and even angry - these are normal and natural responses to have. Evidence suggests that accepting change and uncertainty and our emotional responses to these, is one of the most effective ways to support our wellbeing. Take a look at the accepting change drop-down below for strategies to support you in doing this.
Change and uncertainty can also directly impact various aspects of life, including routine, mindset, our home environment, eating habits and our sleep pattern. For resources to support you in each of these areas, take a look at the drop-downs below.
Changes in living situations can cause difficulties. We might experience difficulties living in a busy household, or notice feelings of isolation. The following resources can help, whatever situation you find yourself in.
The University staying safe page has information about what to do if you need to self-isolate.
Sleep is one of the most important things for staying healthy and supporting our wellbeing. Times of change and uncertainty can lead to interrupted sleep patterns. It can be useful to have some techniques available to you, should your sleep be affected:
Research shows that changes in eating habits are normal when we experience stress, which can be brought on by change or uncertainity. Eating healthily and staying hydrated are key to our wellbeing. These resources offer tips to help you look after your nutrition.
Having structure and routine in our day can help us navigate periods of uncertainity and change by allowing us to see the things we can control. We have a range of planners that can be used to help structure your day. Use these in conjunction with the activity menu which gives ideas for wellbeing activities you can include in your day.
Reactions to change or uncertainity can include feelings of stress, worry and a loss of motivation. This is completely normal and there are things we can do to help relax and build our positivity:
Evidence suggests that accepting change and allowing ourselves to feel certain uncomfortable emotions, can support our wellbeing. Practicing acceptance can be tough, try the following technique to help:
F: focus on what’s in your control. You are in control of what you do here and now.
A: acknowledge the thought or emotion when it arises and notice what’s going on in your mind. Give yourself time to let yourself think or feel it.
C: come back to your body. Ground yourself and take some deep breaths whilst continuing to acknowledge your feelings.
E: engage in what you’re doing. Bring yourself back to the task in hand. Notice five things you can see, or three things you can hear.
Take a look at our video on change and uncertainty for a run-through of this technique.