In the last few months, the world has gone through a lot of change and the future is very uncertain. Each day the uncertainty grows. We are all going through a mix of emotions such as fear, confusion, stress, doom and gloom while trying to find the light at the end of the tunnel.
The question becomes, how do I find the light at the end of the tunnel, when the tunnel seems to go on forever?
Here are four tips to creating peace in times of uncertainty
1. Stay in the present moment – Our anxiety comes from being stuck in the past and our past fears come back to haunt us. Or we are stuck in the future worrying about what if’s. When we are in the present moment, we feel our happiest, calm, creative and productive. What mindful activities could you do to get out of autopilot and into the present moment? For me, it’s taking a walk or sitting out in nature. For you, it might be a different type of exercise or yoga, meditation or deep breathing. Try different mindfulness techniques and find what works best for you.
Sprinkle a few mindfulness techniques through your day. We all need a few mindfulness breaks where we take 3-5 minutes to just be.
2. Prayer – Praying is a form of mindfulness. I always thought of prayer as talking to my higher power(or whatever you call it) and meditation is listening. I pray in the morning and meditate at night, it’s the perfect combo for me. I don’t have any religious affiliation but I find it very spiritual and comforting. I feel a deep connection to my source and everyone around me with the mix of both. Find what works best for you.
3. Giving to others- we can get so stuck in our own fear, pain, worry and misery that we can’t see outside of ourselves. When we help others, we cultivate happiness. We feel a part of the change we want to see in the world. We feel a sense of control by taking action. Every day, do one thing to make this world a better place.
Ask the questions:
How can I make this world better?
What one random act of kindness can I take today?
How can I be of service to others?
4. Two Stories- when bad things happen, how do you view it? what’s your perspective? There are always two sides to each story. Both sides are true. One is the negative side and the other is the positive. You have a choice of which story you focus on.
During Covid 19 there have been two stories.
- Everyone is getting sick, We are self-isolating and people are dying. This is a true story
- During Covid, I have seen so many brave first responders. I’m amazed how many nurses and doctors came in from other states to help. I can’t believe all the kindness of the retail workers, postal service, etc. This story is true.
Which story do you choose to focus on?