Brain

Sharing – Our Brains Were Not Built for This Much Uncertainty

I guess I feel a little bit better knowing this at least:

“To stay motivated as we encounter unprecedented levels of uncertainty in every aspect of our lives, we should understand that the human brain simply was not built for this. Knowing what your brain does well — and what it does surprisingly poorly — can give you a much clearer sense of the strategies you need to not just endure, but to thrive.”

On the other hand, it’s not like the uncertainty is just going to go away and I can get back to the levels my brain is OK with. So, what do we do?

The article below has some good suggestions, what I found particularly interesting was the discussion about how we tend to focus down on the details when faced with a lot of uncertainty, and lose the big-picture that would actually help us feel less uncertain. I hadn’t really thought of that, but I know that is something I’ve seen myself in the workplace during changing, stressful situations, focused so much on what has to be done right now, and losing sight of where this is all going.

Then again, during a pandemic, how much of the big picture can we really take?

Of course, any article that also encourages condor during difficult times is going to be on my recommended reading list, so definitely think about how honesty with each other can help all of us deal with our uncertainty a bit better.

https://hbr.org/2021/09/our-brains-were-not-built-for-this-much-uncertainty

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