Staying Grounded in a Chaotic World

The world that we are living in today is anything but peaceful and predictable. It seems that every day there is some new COVID or political or economic tragedy or cause for fear that demands every ounce of our attention.

These incidences come from every direction and in all shapes and sizes. Whether a personal work issue arises that completely disrupts your peace of mind but seems to only affect you personally or a global event transpires that uproots the happiness and joy of millions of people simultaneously, our world can be a very uneasy place to exist.

Staying Grounded

Maintain a Sense of Security

With everything going on around you, maintaining a sense of security and order in your mental environment and personal life can feel like a completely futile effort.

Try as you may, there seems to be something that always comes along for no other reason than to fill you with fear and worry. While you can’t change the dynamic nature of the world you live in, there are thoughts and strategies that, when implemented effectively, can help you stay grounded when life gets crazy.

Recognize Your Limitations

You cannot bear the weight of the world on your shoulders.  One of the most effective ways to accomplish this is to realize and come to terms with the fact that you are a single human being that is tremendously incapable of bearing the weight of the world on your shoulders.

At first glance, this may seem like a sign that you should just give up and let yourself be tossed in the waves of each new tragedy. However, becoming aware of your own limitations can serve as one of the biggest sources of peace you could ever hope to find.

The reason for this is that when you take the time to identify the things that are out of your control, the list of things that you actually can influence becomes much more clear. Instead of feeling overwhelmed at every single problem going on around you, you are able to focus your efforts on only the issues that you can change.

Not only does this give you a much-needed sense of authority over your circumstances, it also frees you from the burden of trying to manage the problems of the world by yourself. In the raging war that is our world today, it is important that you pick your battles wisely.

Maintain Perspective

Another common issue that many of us have when it comes to all the things going wrong in the world is that we automatically feel as if these things have a direct affect on our personal lives.

While this may seem callous, the truth is that not only are most of the issues we notice on a daily basis in the workplace, through the media or online things that have little to no effect on our own personal existence, they are also far out of our hands. Expending your time and energy on trying to solve the problems that affect your immediate environment is a much better investment than worrying about a conflict or issue on the other side of the globe.

Supporting a worldwide cause for the sake of charity is fantastic, but not if doing so means ignoring the conflicts that are staring you in the face.

Maintain A Sense Of Order

Finally, it is critical that you maintain a sense of order in your work and personal life, regardless of how messy and cluttered the things around you become.

If you allow you internal state to mimic your external environment, you fall victim to the chaos. Whatever your day-to-day life entails, always strive to develop systems and routines that provide you with a sense of peace and security. If you are looking for these things in places other than your own life, you will not find them.