The Problem With This Pandemic Is…

Things To Take Back Control Of

David Chislett


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The Problem with this pandemic is that is has pushed nearly everyone into a state of mind that we’d rather not endure: uncertainty.

As a creativity expert, this irony is not lost on me. Being open to ambiguity and complexity are two of the most important mental states that Creativity requires… and they are uncertain places to be. I fear that the reason so many people avoid creative thinking is that it requires admitting to large amounts of uncertainty.

And here we are, in the Covid19 era… where nothing is certain. There are so many questions about face masks, vaccines, social distancing, how infectious is it really, who is at risk now and so on and so on.

And you can see what an impact this much daily uncertainty has had on people: so many new ideas and ways of coping/adapting and reinventing. But at the same time, so much anxiety, stress and worry.

Embracing uncertainty in order to discover the hidden possibilities around you is one thing. But living with it on every level, every single day, is quite another.

My advice at this stage is to follow the old wise adage of taking control of the things that you Can actually control and not worrying about the things that you can’t.

For example, working from home. You can’t control how long this may last or what is going to happen next. But you can control how pleasant it is to do it. Put some effort into making your new workspace as comfortable and workable as possible. If it feels cluttered and temporary, that’s going to weigh on your mind. Set it up, make it feel concrete, real and reliable.

If your work is at risk, it really doesn’t help much facing the daily uncertainty of your next paycheck. But you can control your spending.

Both of these are superficial and obvious pieces of advice. But in a time of crisis, we are often so preoccupied with the big questions that we forget to take care of the little matters. And these things matter, because if you can tick off a list of them, you will reduce your overall anxiety levels.

There are things you can take a concrete decision over and remove the uncertainty about them. So do it. Don’t put it off waiting for better days. The on-going extensions of measure and lockdowns should have taught us by now not to place faith in the timetable as previously advertised. Now is the time to establish your own timetable and take some decisions and actions.

If you start to do this, I guarantee you that all this uncertainty will result in some unexpected inspirations and flashes of genius as you seek to make the plans you need for the things you can control.

I am now off to follow my own advice.



David Chislett

I believe we are all creative. I use my experience — poet, musician, trainer— & the latest research into creativity to help you discover yours