Out of Control

I write to you today while looking in the proverbial mirror.  I’m frustrated because I am faced with a challenge over which I have absolutely no control.  Truthfully, I feel stressed out, my stomach is churning, and I’m struggling to find serenity amid the chaos.  Ever felt that way yourself?

Life has a way of throwing curveballs our way, leaving us feeling like we’re navigating a storm without a compass. Whether it’s work challenges, personal struggles, or unexpected twists in our plans, the feeling of being out of control can be overwhelming. There are ways to manage these difficult moments.  Consider these tips:

Be Aware of What You Can Control.  And… What You Cannot.  Embrace the power of acceptance. It’s essential to recognize that not everything is within our control, and that’s perfectly okay. Life is unpredictable, and accepting this reality can be liberating. Instead of resisting the circumstances, try to accept them with an open heart and a clear mind. This doesn’t mean giving up or being passive; it means acknowledging the situation and focusing on what you can control. By accepting the present moment, you free up mental energy to deal with challenges more effectively.

Practice Mindfulness and Breathing Techniques.  Breathe in… Breathe out… When the world around you feels like it’s spinning out of control, grounding yourself in the present moment through mindfulness can be a game-changer. Take a few minutes to engage in deep breathing exercises or meditation. Close your eyes, focus on your breath, and let go of the racing thoughts. Mindfulness helps to quiet the mind and brings your attention back to the here and now. To the extent you can incorporate these practices into your daily routine, you’ll find it easier to maintain a sense of calm, even in the face of uncertainty.

Shift Your Perspective.  Often, our stress is fueled by the lens through which we view a situation. To remain centered, try shifting your perspective. Instead of viewing challenges as insurmountable obstacles, see them as opportunities for growth and learning. Ask yourself, “What can I gain from this experience?” By reframing the narrative, you empower yourself to find solutions and navigate challenges more effectively. Remember, setbacks are not failures but stepping stones toward success.

Stay centered, friends!  By doing so, you’ll discover the resilience within you to manage challenges with the confidence that, in the end, everything will come together just fine.

2 thoughts to “Out of Control”

  1. Love this perspective. It was a timely read for me as I had reached a point today of feeling overwhelmed with some things I am working on. Your tips were helpful!

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