Resiliense Alphabet – U is for Uncertainty

Last year as part of my CPD I studied with neuroscientist Dr. Sarah MacKay, an Oxford Graduate, who has a passion for the widest group of people to understand Brain Health. My interest in neuroscience has grown over the last six years or so and started with my studying Conversational Intelligence®. All that I know and have read about uncertainty was confirmed. There is a bucket load of research that tells us that the brain does not like uncertainty.

And yet here we are in the midst of high levels of uncertainty about work, health, families, our future life etc. So how can we build our own resilience in times like these? The answer is both simply and profound – give your brain as much sense of certainty as possible.

I was touched by a colleague’s early post on social media written whilst sitting in an airport just as it was becoming obvious that flights would be grounded and travel would be grinding to a stop. As she sat there with all the uncertainties of future life, she decided to write a list of what she remained certain of. It was a very moving list and included things like, “I am certain I am loved”, “I am certain of my faith”, “I am certain this will pass”, and so the list went on.

There are two things I would suggest you do today for your own personal resilience and well-being. One of them has already been highlighted at an early stage of this Resilience Alphabet blog. If you haven’t already established a routine or pattern for your days, do so now. You will give yourself (and your brain) the sense of rhythm which it craves. And secondly, get pen and paper, find a quiet place and write down your personal “I remain certain…” list.

Take care and stay safe.

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