How to Stay Focused in increasing Chaos
Living in Lebanon means living within chaos. We deal with chaos on so many levels, from the deteriorating living conditions to the institutionalized chaos we’re used to, and so much more in between. We’ve had to adapt to this crazy way of being for years, but the past few ones have been extra harsh and we’re at a point where we need to develop strong and reliable tools to help us navigate the insanity.
So we gathered up some tips and tricks that will hopefully make living within chaos a little less stressful.
1. Practice awareness through meditation
One cannot focus without being able to practice awareness and be in the moment. However, most of us tend to listen to the loud anxious mind chatter over the calm, centered voice in our mind. We could ask ourselves, how is my thinking stopping me from being aware of what’s going on in real life? Is this fear from real things or anxiety about possible things? So it’s important to make it a daily habit to get out of one’s mind and focus on breathing at least once a day. Practice makes perfect and the effect of this habit will pay off in all areas of life, including focus capabilities.
2. Differentiate between what is and what you’re worried can/will be
We as humans tend to jump to the negative possibilities and focus on them. This is the default setting in our brain, a leftover of times where any information our ancestors processed was screened through an “is this danger” filter. We tend to look for possible danger in everything in order to protect ourselves, and this is still the case to our brain. Add an environment of ongoing chaos and the brain can barely focus on anything other than danger. So a good trick is to stop whenever we feel extra anxious or overwhelmed and ask ourselves: am I worried about something real? If yes, maybe I need to think about what to do about it. And if it’s purely speculation or worry, then I can forget about it because it’s not reality.
3. Stop Staring at the Chaos
It’s hard not to be addicted to knowing what is happening all the time, but living in that kind of mental environment is extremely stressful and can have very negative effects on us long-term. This is why it’s important to take a step back and enjoy some alone time in a mental space where things are safe and calm. So we can either unfollow those social media accounts or limit exposure time. Either way, the important thing is to prioritize alone time and get out of the media machine every once in a while.
4. Don’t Do It Alone
This is probably the most important point of all, especially when surrounded by chaos. The importance of positive relationships in our lives is obvious, and it’s even more important when we have to deal with so much daily stress. So don’t do this alone, reach out. Spend time with those who make you feel happy or calm, who listen to you and encourage you and offer you support when you need it. IT will make these hard times a little bit easier!
Hopefully these tips will help us all survive the apocalypse we’re living through. If you know of other things we can do to help ourselves, please let us know below!