What thoughts cross your mind when you think of uncertainty and your relationship https://www.avalonmalibu.com/blog/treating-narcissistic-personality-disorder-with-cbt/to it? Which feelings and emotions arise in your body? What do you do in moments when you face what seems like an insurmountable amount of uncertainty?
Although uncertainty may cause fear, creating peace with the unknown is where possibility and potential lie.
Leaning Into the Unknown
The unknown is often associated with fear and anxiety. You may try to escape the overwhelming feelings that come up in the face of uncertainty by distracting or numbing yourself, worrying, and overthinking.
However, to create peace with the unknown, you must begin leaning into it, allowing yourself to build evidence and make a case for why it is not as scary as you once believed it to be.
Although uncertainty can be full of anxiety and doubt, it can also be filled with excitement and curiosity about the possibilities within the unknown.
If you are always prepared for the worst-case scenario to happen, you set yourself up for failure by not giving yourself a chance to feel safe expecting good things to happen. By cultivating a sense of peace with uncertainty, you can expand your outlook — on life and about yourself.
One reason the unknown feels so scary is because of the way your nervous system is wired regarding your relationship with it. If you were fearful of the unknown in your past, this is what your nervous system learns and attaches to each time you are faced with uncertainty in life.
Cultivating a new perspective regarding uncertainty — and, thus, in your life — means beginning to increase your tolerance of uncertainty, breathing into this space, and accepting it rather than hiding from it.
You can begin to feel empowered amid uncertainty when you start creating narratives around the unknown rooted in potential, possibility, and curiosity.
Creating peace with the unknown is essential for healing, as recovery and life are uncertain. We don’t know what we don’t know until we know it. Creating peace with uncertainty allows you to not have all the answers and to feel at ease with this notion instead of fearful, which is essential in healing and cultivating mindfulness. At Avalon Malibu, we recognize how uncertain recovery can feel and honor this uncertainty. If you are struggling and ready to begin your healing journey and make peace with uncertainty, call us today at (844) 857-5992.