Do you often feel as though your life is so chaotic that your brain is about to explode? If so, then keep reading because finding peace and joy in the midst of chaos is probably just what you need.

Does any of this sound familiar…

Your to-do list is never ending, 

You have a thousand of decisions you need to make but lack clarity

Loads of laundry to do or clutter is overtaking your home

You’re struggling to balance your career and home life,

You have too much to do and too little time and 

You are desperately seeking some sort of relief from all of it?! 

Well friend, you are not alone! In this day and age, chaos is inevitable. Things are going to happen because…life. The unexpected and unfortunate will occur, crap will hit the fan, everything will not go your way and you won’t have it all figured out. Buzzkill, I know.

But here’s the good news. While you can’t always control the chaos that comes into your life, you can control how you respond to it and you can choose to find peace in the midst of it.   

The following are 5 helpful strategies gleaned from my personal experience and from my work with coaching clients who are tired, overwhelmed, burned out, and frustrated. These strategies will help diminish the feeling of overwhelm and help you find peace and joy in the midst of life’s chaos. 

Find more peace and joy in the chaos with this 5-step plan named “PEACE.”

Finding Peace & Joy in the Midst of Chaos

1. P is for Practice Gratitude

Practice gratitude by acknowledging the good in your life. When we acknowledge the good in our lives it increases our happiness and overall well-being. It gives us perspective and helps us appreciate what we actually have. This is especially important because our brains are prewired to focus on negativity, therefore, practicing gratitude helps us focus more on the positive things in our life. However, it is important to remember that, being grateful for the positive things in our life doesn’t mean that our problems don’t exist. Gratitude isn’t about ignoring our problems but more about helping us through our problems.

So be grateful for what you have, who you have, and the good things that happen in your life and the obstacles you have overcome. Start your day in a grateful posture by thinking about all the things you’re grateful for. Also, try using a gratitude journal and spend a few minutes at the end of the day writing about the good things that transpired.

Finding Peace & Joy in the Midst of Chaos

2. E is for Eliminate Joy Killers

It is so important to eliminate the things that steal your joy and compromise your peace. Let go of anything that is not serving you well. This may include mom guilt, comparison, self-doubt, self-defeating thoughts, or even people that consistently drain your energy.

“Comparison is the thief of joy.” – Theodore Roosevelt 

Comparison is the thief of joy.

3. A is for Alone Time

When everything around us is hectic, sometimes we just need a moment to reset, center ourselves, and calm our minds. This doesn’t have be time consuming but if you are serious about finding peace and joy in the midst of chaos, you must be intentional about carving out time for yourself. Try practicing mindfulness for a few minutes out of your day or simply give yourself  5-10 minutes of peace and quiet. Another great strategy is to spend time doing something that you love or brings you joy and be fully present during the activity. For example, take 10 minutes and color in adult coloring book, go on a walk, listen to your favorite music, or sit on the porch and sip on your favorite beverage. Do whatever works for you.

“We need solitude, because when we’re alone, we’re free from obligations, we don’t need to put on a show, and we can hear our own thoughts.”- Tamim Ansary

Finding Peace & Joy in Solitude

4. C is for Clear the Clutter

I don’t know about you but physical clutter in my home only intensifies the clutter in my mind. Clutter and a disorganized home can make you feel stressed out, less productive, fatigued, overwhelmed, distracted and even depressed. Take some time to organize your home and clear the clutter. If this is an overwhelming task for you, pick 1 problem area a day to focus on de-cluttering. If that seems like a too big of a task, pick one problem area to focus on per week. The pay off is worth it and can result in less stress, peace of mind, more energy, clarity, and more productivity.

“In a sense, clutter is the end result of procrastination.”- Jeff Campbell

Find Peace  & Clear the Clutter

5. E is for Energized Mornings 

How you start your day has a huge impact on how the rest of your day will transpire. Therefore, having a morning routine is essential. It not only sets the tone for your day but it also leads to a more peaceful, energized, and productive day. 

The following are examples of things you can include in your energized morning routine: waking up 1 hour earlier than usual, self-care, exercise, prayer, Bible study, practicing gratitude, meditation, journaling, reading, self-development, or healthy breakfast.

In addition, I recently attended a talk with Michael Bungay Stanier and he discussed the benefits of incorporating the following 3 questions into your morning routine:

  1. What am I noticing?
  2. What am I grateful for?
  3. What’s one thing that I need to get done today?

These questions are so powerful and can transform your morning routine.

Determine what works best for you and your lifestyle, be consistent, and make adjustments when necessary. Just be sure to incorporate a morning routine that allows you to position yourself for the most productive and successful day.

“If you win the morning, you win the day.”- Tim Ferris

Win the Morning

I hope you find this 5 step P.E.A.C.E plan helpful for finding peace and joy in the midst of chaos.

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