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7 Tips for Control, Calm, and Confidence in the Face of Uncertainty

Updated: Oct 13, 2020

Uncertainty is an uncomfortable fact of life, especially right now as COVID-19 restrictions ease and tighten, and it can leave you feeling stressed, anxious, and powerless. What you are feeling is normal because as humans we want to feel safe and have a sense of control over the direction of our lives. While many things remain out of your control your approach to facing and coping with uncertainty is all your own. We have 7 tips for control, calm, and confidence in coping with the unknown.

1. Be kind to yourself. Everyone deals with stress differently. Remember that you are on your own journey. You got this!

2. Give yourself credit. Think about the ways that you have successfully coped with stress in the past and try them now.

3. Take a break from news. The news may be stressing you out more. Try limiting your news intake especially right before bed.

4. Stay positive. Break the habit of over-thinking negative events by starting a gratitude journal or focusing on the things you can control.

5. Make healthy routines. Make an effort to eat well, exercise, sleep, and connect with people who make you feel good.

6. Control what you can. Find simple ways to feel in control by making a meal plan, laying out your clothes, trying a bullet journal, managing your money.

7. Get support. Social support is important when we’re feeling stressed. Tell someone you trust what you are going through.

It may seem strange but in times of calm taking risks will help you build the confidence to face the stress of uncertainty in the future. What risks are you willing to take?

In SAFE Bar Training we partner with bar staff to create a culture that supports people in taking risks, using active bystander skills, and giving everyone a safe night out. If you have a favorite bar, restaurant or night club encourage them to join the SAFE Bar Network. They can learn more at

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual harassment or sexual assault our partners can help. Visit MOCSA and RAINN

Interested in learning more about bystander intervention? Visit our friends at With Us Center for Bystander Intervention.

To learn more about the field of sexual violence response and prevention visit PreventConnect and NSVRC.

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