“Info is meals for our mind,” says Brewer. “It helps us survive by planning the longer term primarily based on previous experiences.” Uncertainty, nevertheless, is sort of a “starvation pang” for the mind—it’s an indication that claims, We’d like extra info, and we want it now. That mentioned, your physique can have a pure inclination to hunt out info—which is why it’s possible you’ll really feel anxious when you’ll be able to’t discover it.
Nevertheless, says Brewer, it’s vital to understand how a lot info your mind can really digest. “If we simply run round considering, ‘I have to get all the data I can probably get,’ that will not really assist us,” he says. Somewhat, suppose to your self: “Am I really getting info that I can take in and digest, or am I beginning to freak out?” In any case, uncertainty can breed anxiety and concern, which may rapidly result in panic.
So whereas your mind might naturally gravitate in the direction of this info gathering stage, Brewer recommends taking a step again—actually. “In these moments after we’re beginning to freak out, shut the laptop computer, take some deep breaths… Then test to see, is that this nonetheless persistent?”