In times of Turmoil, try these tips
In times of Turmoil, try these tips
These days we seem to be experiencing new turmoil every time we turn around. Not to be specific but we’ve had
- Political unrest
- Social unrest
- Racial unrest
- Global unrest
- Global pandemic surges
- Natural disasters
- Military maneuvers
And that’s on a general level, saying nothing about what turmoil you may be experiencing in your personal life!
Turmoil is described as: a state of great disturbance, confusion, or uncertainty.
Suffice it to say, we are living in times of turmoil.
Living in a state of turmoil brings stress. Too much stress is not good for our health or our mindset. The question becomes: How do we live in times of turmoil without caving under the stress of it?
If you are feeling stress and pressure from world events you can:
- Turn off the news. Personally, I check out the latest headlines in the morning, and that’s it. I have friends who are checking the latest news many times a day. If the news is upsetting to you, don’t look at it, unless it is local to your area and affects you personally. Then, of course you want to stay apprised.
- Find a group of people who can help you keep a proper perspective throughout the situation. These will be people who help keep you grounded and not someone who stirs you up. Calming people, someone you can vent to so that your can get your concerns out of your head and not dwell on them.
- Volunteer with a group if there is something you are passionate about and feel compelled to assist with. No sense sitting home worrying or complaining, if you can take positive action to help others, go ahead and do so.
If you are feeling stress and pressure at work:
- Find that work/life balance. I know you need to work to pay your bills, but you also need to take care of your health. If you are not rested and fully charged for the day, you won’t be at your best at work.
- Find a job you enjoy. People don’t particularly want to go to a job they hate. If you love your job, it’s easier to spend time there. In our local economy, there are tons of companies hiring. Do a little research and choose one you will want to go to every day.
If you are feeling stress and pressure at home:
- Take some time to unplug. Constantly being connected to everyone, everything, all the time is exhausting. Even if it’s just 30 minutes, unplug. Make dinner, read a book, play a family game, do a puzzle (not a digital one), color, anything that doesn’t involve electronics.
- Have family dinners. Families are running everywhere these days; sports, events, meetings, volunteering, etc. can cause a disconnect between our loved ones. If you can manage to bring everyone together around a meal and simply sit and enjoy each other’s company, it can do wonders to build togetherness. Oh, and… no electronics at the table, that includes adults. Phones off at mealtime (unless you are an on-call doctor or something).
- Help each other out. Parents and kids can do chores, even together. Parents can help kids with homework, if needed. Spouses can share the workload. *Side tip on chores: I used to pick one chore a day, aside from dinner and dishes which need to be done daily. That way we didn’t spend our entire weekend doing housework and yardwork.
- If money is a stressor, make sure you have a budget. Working together to determine where your money goes can be a real eye-opener. Make the budget, track it, tweak it, and stick to it. This elevates the question, “Where did our money go?”
These ideas should be enough to get you started. Obviously, you need to manage the turmoil you feel in a way that best suits you. The trick is to not let turmoil take you under. I love the song, Borrow, by Josh Wilson. The chorus goes:
“So don’t worry, don’t worry. Don’t borrow no trouble from tomorrow. You’ll only double your sorrow. You’ll only worry your mind”
The video link is here, if you’d like to listen to the entire song.
Have a great week, on purpose!