The first corona case was detected in Germany two years ago. Since then, life and daily life have changed a lot. Above all, many people are worried about the uncertainty about the continuation of the pandemic: according to an Allensbach survey presented in the FAZ, 73% of those questioned suffer from the lack of clarity of the situation, 62% complain about the loss Safety planning. According to neuroscientist Maren Urner, one question helps combat feelings of powerlessness: What can I actually influence? It is a “powerful message” from neuroscience and psychology: “We can change our view of the world”, she underlines. You need to focus on what you can actually plan and influence.
The scientist advises to “rejoice in the little things.” Instead of planning a vacation six months in advance, you should plan something in two or three days. According to Urner, it is important to do unusual things: psychologists speak of “lighthouse experiences” in this context. You can expect that.
How to deal with the situation is also “a matter of type and age,” says Urner. There is also a “cultural component”. The so-called “uncertainty avoidance” is particularly pronounced in Germany. According to studies, health concerns, but also money worries, are paramount here. This is linked to the Germans’ preference for cash as it conveys a sense of security.
According to Urner, communication and the provision of information also play an important role in managing the uncertainties associated with the pandemic. Modeling and forecasting have sometimes raised false expectations. It’s “a big deal” when anticipation is disappointed.