Use Stabilization Points to Turn Chaos Into Sanity
You’ve got some chaos going on. It could be a bunch of todos pilling up or a tragic event. I get it. Whatever levels of chaos you’re experiencing, it’s a worthy skill to be able to turn it into sanity.
When I’m overwhelmed, the question I ask is what can I grab a hold of in times of uncertainty?
A bad practice is to wait for clarity to come like a strike of lighting that points the way. If chaos is not dealt with, it remains intact.
Managing a sea of uncertainty requires stabilization points...
When everything is unclear, there is no structure, nothing to guide your actions.
You can’t control all the chaos you have in your life, but you can use stabilization points to anchor yourself. It’s a tool to give structure and a method for dealing with chaos.
Chaos seems like an external force that can strike from any direction. Even if it’s your mind that’s creating it (that's usually the case for me), you can feel like Alice falling down the rabbit hole or Dorothy swirling around in a twister.
Stabilization points create focus, helping you center yourself, which is what you need when you feel like you have no control—you have to create control over yourself. It starts from inside.
I find it helpful to plan, define, and respect your stabilization points, almost with religious fervor. This is about being methodical and habitual, rather than wondering what result will come.
I suggest that you create two stabilization points. Here are mine:
Playing music (learning)
Doing an activity outside (exercise)