In the Midst of Chaos, Do This

Posted on: September 11, 2012 Category: Self Mastery

Last week was one hell of a chaotic ride. Assignments due, meetings were scheduled, mid-semester exams. It seemed like everything was happening all at once, in that one week. In the midst of it all, I realized I was stuck in the centre of a swirling hurricane of chaos. There was no EASY way out.

There was, however, ONE way out. And the way OUT was to go THROUGH it.

I love finding easy ways out through things. And by easy I don’t mean finding the slackest way out – but finding the path of LEAST resistance. Trusting the inner guidance and choosing the path that resonates with me the most, and SEEMS like one of least effort because it is the right choice at this point of space and time.

I’ve gathered a few tips throughout the chaotic week, which I would love to share with you below. These are actionable practices you can start incorporating right NOW to help you get through even the most chaotic and hectic environment that is surrounding you.

1. Shift Your Perspective

What are the limiting ideas that you’re holding against the situation? Instead of saying “I’m going to do miserably at it all. I can’t help it that the school wants to cram it all in one week!” How about “This is great, all this will be done in a week and I can move onto more exciting projects and working on other things that I’ve been anticipating.”

2. Breathe

When in a difficult situation, we often start to hold our breath or breathe shallowly. This puts our body into ‘stress mode’ and we slip into a downward spiral. Try this instead: long inhales, and even longer exhales. Bring your focus back on your breath. Breathe slowly and steadily. Enjoy every delicious breath that you have in this magical and beautiful world.

3. Focus on the Endpoint

I picked this up last week. I always knew the theory behind it, but never put it to practice. When I did it, I was SURPRISED at how well it worked so I’m including it here. Focus on the endpoint – focus on the happy place you will be when all of this has passed. When I was writing my assignment, I constantly visualized how happy I would feel when I finished it, and how amazing I would feel when I read through it.

4. Hold your Inner Peace

Be the stillness in the midst of the chaos. Hold your centre and ground yourself even when everything around you is swirling and is a huge mess. Be steady, be still, be calm. And then keep carrying on doing what you have to do with that inner peace, and with the knowing that all is well in your world.

Let me say it again: Keep carrying on with the knowing that all is well in your world.

Do you have certain things you do to stay focused on the goal and keep yourself grounded when going through a period of chaos? Write below and let’s discuss!

Yours truly,
Jia Ni

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  1. Maddison says:

    Such brilliant tips! As a fellow uni student I know how stressful it can get when everything is due around the same point. I so believe that it is all about perspective, by shifting the way you think about the situation helps you conquer it. Above all sometimes you just have to hang on for dear life and get through it. Hope it all went well last week x

  2. Natalia says:

    oh Jia, this post couldn’t have come at a better time! I have a biiiig assignment due on Monday, coupled with a lot of work I have do do outside of uni – sometimes I just want to close my eyes and make it all go away! I’m a perfectionist too (and not in a healthy way!), so advice like this is so helpful :) I always find that sometimes changing perspective can be triggered just by changing the physical place you’re in – get up, go for a walk, clear you mind and BREATHE – afterwards, you can go back to your work and your mind will be in a better place. X

  3. Love this post Jia Ni!
    Also, just bought your eBook, so am very excited to dive in!

  4. June L says:

    As for breathing, remember to breathe with tummy, not chest.

    Breathing with tummy gives us quality inhales, chest-breathing makes us more nervous and fatigue.

    And remember to smile~ Scientific research shows that smiling makes our brain think we are happy :)