In the midst of the flurry – clarity.
In the midst of the storm – calm.
In the midst of divided interests – certainty.
In the many roads – a certain choice.
Life can get to be pretty chaotic. No matter how much you accomplish, it always feels like there are several more things should be doing or something more you should be able to achieve. In these moments, you must force yourself to take a step back to find the peace. If you do not find peace within the chaos, you will sooner or later be consumed by stress and find yourself leading an unfulfilling life. While you may want to achieve as much as you can, you surely do not actually want to lose yourself or your mind in the process of getting and achieving. So, how do you get that done?
1. Downsize your schedule. If you find that you have been taking on too much, too many projects (especially those that you have no burning interest in) it is time, if not well past time to go over your schedule and drop what needs to go. It is very difficult to admit to yourself that you don’t actually have superpowers or unlimited time, so you must consciously chose to concentrate on giving yourself a manageable schedule.
2. Organized the chaos. When your life begins to feel chaotic, it is probably disorganized. You feel disjointed or disconnected. You can combat this feeling by staying organized, keeping lists, and valuing your time. And that is a problem many of us have. We place little value and low priority on our time. Well, it is time for you to flip that switch and learn to jealously guard your time. It is valuable. You can still take on a lot of things, but only if you have got an organized plan in place!
3. Take some time-outs. Whether you think you need to get away from an ongoing busy life, or one or more chaotic situations, you have to give yourself some downtime. Plan a mini vacation or give yourself an evening off and out if you are crunched for time. The point is that you need to make some time that is absolutely designated for yourself. Read a book, go for a walk outside, play some games, but do some thing that will allow you to completely unwind.
4. Pace yourself. One way to manage chaos in a healthy way is to properly pace yourself. You need to conserve your energy so that you can make it through the day, the week, the project. Doing so will allow you to keep a clear head and rejuvenate your mind.
5. Engage in a peaceful activity. One of the simplest ways to maintain some peace is to take up a peaceful and relaxing activity. Consider going to a yoga class, trying meditation or T’ai Chi. These acts are not only relaxing, but they also allow you to adapt your thinking so that you can regularly achieve a peaceful mindset.
6. Embrace your situation. A chaotic life can be overwhelming or even depressing at times. Instead of merely promising yourself a better life in the future once the chaos is gone, you can make a few changes and conscious choices and give yourself one right now. Accept that your life is really in a chaotic state, perhaps even a chaotic mess, but then go a little further. Take the big step toward finding peace.
Figure out what works for YOU!!!
Most importantly, focus on slowing down, simplifying your life, and allowing yourself the space and time to work on fixing the imbalance you may be experiencing. Even the smallest effort can help you in a huge way. If you are taking the time to find peace, you can also create your own personal definition of that peace. For you, that may mean finding someone who can help you unload your problems, or perhaps you might enjoy journaling or reading inspirational books.
Whatever is peaceful for you, do it on a regular basis!!
Do it for yourself and for those you love.