Living worry free in a world of chaos can sometimes only be a dream. You know everything is falling apart; from the office to the family to the rescheduled trip of two years. It’s quite hard to keep calm and not worry. Heck, it can be devastating at best and draining at the same time.
Try as you may, you will find yourself giving in to some episodes of worry here and there. Is it really possible to live a worry free life during chaos? You may want to ask. Is it really possible to not go crazy with all these horrible things that been happening recently? Is it really possible to not lose myself in all these?Well, I can understand how difficult it feels. We’ve all been there. But I can tell you also that it is possible.
The following 8 tips will help you to live worry free in this world of chaos:
Be Still and Trust in God Completely
Yes. It is hard – very hard. It is difficult to try to be still when everything around you is chaotic. It can even be termed ‘crazy’ to be still in chaos. But the bible said in Psalms 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Chaos in life is inevitable. How about living worry free? It is a choice as much as it is a natural response to how we feel about the chaos. But you can choose to be still and trust God completely.
Give it Some Slack and Embrace the Process
Most times our impatience is what makes us all worked up about a particular situation. When you’re restless over a thing, remind yourself that life is not a sprint; it is a marathon. You’ve got to exercise patience more than you thought you needed it. Yes, wait some more. Jonah in the bible thought he could dodge the process – he ended up being schooled in the belly of the fish.
Most of us are far from living a worry free life today because we were not patient enough to endure the process. Our impatience drove us right into the ‘belly of the fish’. A.A. Milne said it best, “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”
Exercise More Often
If you think endorphins are not natural pain and stress relievers, then think again. If you’ve never tried it, you can give it a try, starting today. Get registered at a gym, make it a regular part of you, and work out those stress hormones into positive and vibrant ones.
Be side the fact that working out in itself is fun and helps you stay fit, it also improves your mood in a great way you’d never imagine. In her book, Marathon Woman, Kathrine Switzer wrote, “I could feel my anger dissipating as the miles went by—you can’t run and stay mad!” She was right. Get those endorphins out – go give it a shot!
Do One Thing at a Time
One of the major causes of personal chaos comes from trying to do so many things at once. This may sound so simple, but it works. If you want to live a worry free life, you should learn to do one thing at a time. As much as the urge is there is combine different task, try to focus on doing one thing at a time.
Clear your desk of distractions, pick something – one thing – to work on. If it is a report, do that one only. If it is an email, attend to that only. Try to remove every other distraction like phones and email notifications while working on that one thing. Yes, it sure needs some practice, but it’s worth it at the end of the day.
Exercise Your Creativity Muscles
The whole world may be going wrong, but throwing yourself into a creative activity is a great way to de-stress and prevent stress. What do you like to do best? Is it painting, writing, sowing, designing, playing music or sketching? Whatever it is, do more of it.
You often lost track of time and forget all your worries when you are in the act of doing what you really love. To that, I couldn’t agree more with this anonymous quote, “creativity blinds stress.”
Go Take Care of Yourself
Yes. Sometimes it pays to leave all the chaos behind and go chill out somewhere. Go get a massage. Go watch your favorite movie. Take a bubble bath. Get your nails fixed. Whatever makes you relax, do it as often as you can.
Maya Angelou was right when she said, “Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for. Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”
You can commit to that thing once a month or week, depending on how often you feel you need it.
Practice Being Thankful
You mean to be thankful in the midst of chaos? That’s exactly what I’m saying. Is it easy? Of course not. But it’s worth it. Have you ever thought that it could have been worse? Do you still remember it is those alive that even get to experience chaos? I’m not saying that chaos is a good thing, and I’m not saying it’s a completely bad thing either.
What I’m saying is you need to practice being thankful for the things that be; for the gift of life, for the strength to own each day and walk through it, for the breath of life. I love how Oprah Winfrey puts it, “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough”
Give It A Different Meaning
Sometimes we define what chaos is to us. What we see as chaos may be what others see as a normal life. How about giving chaos a different meaning; seeing it as a phase of life? If everything happens for a reason, don’t you think you’re going through that phase for a reason?
I couldn’t agree more with Friedrich Nietzsche when he said, “You must have chaos within you to give birth to a dancing star.”
I conclude with this quote from Kirsten Miller’s The Eternal ones,
“All the most powerful emotions come from chaos -fear, anger, love- especially love. Love is chaos itself. Think about it! Love makes no sense. It shakes you up and spins you around. And then, eventually, it falls apart.”