In the aftermath of 2020 there’s going to be a lot of uncertainty ahead.
It’s not the same world as it was just a year ago. What was a world of order and certainty is now being replaced with a new one of chaos and uncertainty.
What Is Chaos?
Chaos means to be completely confused or disordered. To be chaotic is to be someone or something that’s disorganized or lacking order.
The events of 2020 including the COVID-19 pandemic plunged our world into chaos. It led to uncertainty and panic that intensified anxiety in a short period of time.
The future effects of COVID-19 include more uncertainty and chaos from changes in the world including the economy, how we live and that the pandemic may not end anytime soon.
It’s important to learn how to cope with chaos. If you don’t it will be really hard to move forward in a new world.
Why Coping With Chaos Is Important?
So far the twenty-first century has been the century of chaos. It was already unpredictable to begin with changes in technology and changes in the economy.
We live in a time where we’re bombarded with new information flooding the brain, new technologies, new obstacles at work and thousands of choices. The chaos that’s created leaves us feeling frustrated, irritable, angry, tired and anxious.
The COVID-19 pandemic has added to the chaos and caused our world to unravel.
We all imagine being back in a simpler time as a way of coping. However, the reality is that the simple time we imagine is never coming back.
What we can do is learn how to cope with the chaos around us.
Tips For Coping With Chaos
Some people who suffer from chronic mental illness their minds are already chaotic. They’ve lived with chaos for so long that they feel calmer in a crisis. Sometimes they feel uncomfortable, restless and aimless when the crisis is averted.
It gets easier for them when they learn how to manage their chaotic minds.
There are things that we can all learn to cope with chaos:
Have A Plan To Cope With Stress
An important plan to have is to take care of yourself. This could mean eating healthy, exercising, getting plenty of sleep and giving yourself a break when you’re stressed out. A healthy body is more resilient in the face of uncertainty and chaos.
Also, it helps to have close friends and family to talk to when things get tough.
It’s important to recognize when you need help.
Cope With Stress By Redirecting Your Energy
Stress can go away on its own. However when it’s caused by emotions like anger, frustration, jealousy or fear it can linger.
We need to do more than just take a step back. Instead we’re going to need to channel those negative emotions into something more positive and productive.
We can channel our energies by learning something new like a new skill or writing out what’s stressing us out. Also, we can put our energies into making our lives more orderly by cleaning our homes.
Energy can be redirected into simple pleasures such as love making with a willing partner.
Find A Peaceful Moment
In order to minimize stress in chaotic times it’s important to find a peaceful moment.
It’s important to set limits by establishing boundaries. It’s essential for asserting your needs, more time and energy is freed up for self care and there’s less anger and resentment.
Learn To Anticipate Future Uncertainty
We live in an uncertain world that grows more uncertain everyday. It’s important to learn how to cope with it.
Being intolerant of uncertainty causes problems. It puts our nervous systems on high alert and triggers our fight or flight response.
Uncertainty can leave us fearful, anxious and powerless. It leads us into a trap of endless “what ifs” and worst case scenarios about the future. This way of thinking is not only unproductive, it’s unhealthy also.
It’s important to learn about uncertainty tolerance. This includes learning about the nature of fear and anxiety, along with making critical thinking skills stronger. It’s also important to learn how to roll with things you can’t control.
It’s important to acknowledge that “shit happens”!
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How Do You Cope With Chaos?
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