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Brexit – how to deal with change and uncertainty?

Uncertainty can be scary!

Despite the results of the Referendum over 10 months ago, the Government and the EU sill seem to be grappling with the detail about our impending Brexit. And whilst we have a date and a rough plan, no one seems to know what the actually fall out is likely to be.

Whilst the media focused on businesses and trade, how many of us spared a thought for the human element of this decision the effect on vulnerable individuals who can become anxious as a result of uncertainty and change.

Dealing with uncertainty is an unavoidable part of daily life. But if you a worrier and anxious by nature, then you are likely to be more intolerant of uncertainty and change which can impact on thoughts and behaviours in excessive amounts this can be damaging to the individual and those around them.

What are the symptoms of uncertainty?

Often, we find ways to make sense out of the uncertainty and will cope effectively without professional help. If the uncertainty persists, you may notice some of the following symptom’s impacting on your day-to-day functioning or interfering with your daily living. Some of the most commons indicators that you may be struggling to deal naturally with the enormity of uncertainly:

  • Recurring thoughts about what is going on; lack of focus; distractibility
  • Increased tension, irritability; conflict with others
  • Feeling overwhelmed; changes in your mood, often without warning
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Withdrawing, desire to be alone and away from family and friends
  • Difficulties with working and a fall in concentration levels
  • Physical symptoms such as nausea, headache (stress-related), increased heart rate
  • Loss of appetite
  • Intense or unpredictable feelings (for example, anger, sadness, fear, concern)
  • A sense of shock and disbelief
  • Strong need to seek information (watching television, talking with others, checking Internet news sources, listening to the radio)
  • A desire to check in with loved ones (family, friends)

So if these symptoms apply to you, what can you do to start to alleviate them so that you can come to terms with what is happening and begin to start living your life to the full again?

The way forward

Miriam Bannon of Leamington Spa based counselling practice All About People explains. “There is plenty of evidence that what we find most stressful as human beings is uncertainty, not change itself. We see people every day who don’t believe they can cope with the changes in their lives whether they are business or personal.”

Miriam adds. “There are some practical skills you can develop with the help of an experienced Counsellor that will help you to manage changes in your life. Don’t be tempted to ignore the symptoms. Everybody needs help at some point in their life and that’s where professional counselling can really help.”

Miriam concludes. “Voicing your worries in a safe environment, rather than avoiding them, helps us to acknowledge our fears, figure out what you can control rather than what you can’t control. Remember, you have choices in life and having professional support can help to identify and act on them. Put yourself first and practice some self-care by taking time out to consider what’s right for YOU. If you are ok those around you will be ok too!”

For help, support and a listening ear to help you to tackle uncertainty, stress and anxiety, access our professional, specialist and confidential corporate counselling service by calling: 01926 88252 or emailing:


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