Sign in

Elemental
Your life, sourced by science. A publication from Medium about health and wellness.

Uncertainty

In Elemental. More on Medium.

Why ‘uncertainty of safety’ is driving your brain bananas right now

Photo: Jessica Tan/Unsplash

After a year of terrifying news, we’re finally seeing some lights at the end of the tunnel: three(!) vaccines; almost 70 million doses already administered; a new administration that seems to actually listen to scientists. But it’s also clear that the scary times are far from over: New mutations of SARS-CoV-2 are circulating (not unusual for a virus but still concerning); folks in some of the most vulnerable groups aren’t getting nearly enough priority in the vaccine distribution process; and after promising declines, cases are rising again in the U.S. and around the world.


Uncertainty can hijack our planning machinery and weaponize it against us

Illustration: Sophi Gullbrants

Election Day 2020 is here, finally. And now, after all the waiting, it’s time to wait some more. Who will win? What will that win look like? When will we know for sure? Hard to say. Throw in all the open questions about the coronavirus, and the current moment’s level of unpredictability feels off the charts.


Illustration: Matija Medved

One Day at a Time

Daily insights on life in the face of uncertainty by psychiatrist and habit-change specialist Dr. Jud Brewer

Do you ever wonder why it’s so hard to stop scrolling through Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter? Notice that restless, ever-present itch to see what’s next, to get all of the information you need? That itch is curiosity. But not all curiosity is created equal, and by understanding how curiosity works, you can use it to change habits and feel better — at any time.


Illustration: Matija Medved

One Day at a Time

Daily insights on life in the face of uncertainty, by psychiatrist and habit change specialist Dr. Jud Brewer

Feeling news fatigue or losing hold of knowing who to trust?


Illustration: Matija Medved

One Day at a Time

Daily insights on life in the face of uncertainty, by psychiatrist and habit change specialist Dr. Jud Brewer

Welcome to One Day At A Time — a daily column offering science-backed help for living through uncertainty.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store