Managing worry and uncertainty

The webinar looks at the process and experience of worry during this very challenging time, and the ways in which uncertainty can make this worse.

Worry is all too common in these stressful times, and the threat of COVID-19 only adds to our fears. Whilst acknowledging the difficulties we’re all facing, this webinar suggests that worry isn’t an inevitable reaction, and that we have some ability to control how we deal with frightening and unprecedented situations.

In addition to worry, the pandemic has brought great uncertainty to our lives. Uncertainty can feel paralysing and frightening, but by accepting this new reality and focusing on fewer and smaller certainties, we can regain a sense of calm and control even in the midst of such unprecedented times.

The webinar looks at the process and experience of worry during this very challenging time, and the ways in which uncertainty can make this worse. During the webinar we will explore how to identify and limit worry, how to respond more constructively to current and future threat, and how to become more tolerant and resilient in the face of prolonged uncertainty.

Key topics covered:

  • Why worry?: the nature of worry and why we do it.
  • What worry is and isn’t: characteristics of worry and how it’s different to anxiety.
  • Tools to manage worry: practical tips and tools to identify when you’re worrying, how to respond and ways to feel better.
  • Uncertainty: why uncertainty is so stressful, and how living in uncertain times exacerbates worry.