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Maintaining Sanity in Tumultuous Times

In times of tumult, it’s easy to get caught up on a variety of unfavorable issues making the news

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In times of tumult, it’s easy to get caught up on a variety of unfavorable issues making the news. However, this is an ill-advised practice.

It doesn’t matter on what side of the political spectrum you fall, these days, you can quickly open a newspaper, surf the web, flip on the TV, or tap your smartphone and find news items from around the world that are not to your liking. If this happens to you once a day, consider yourself lucky. For most people, it happens multiple times a day.

In the face of stirring change, remember: All we can do is all we can do. Become the master of your own domain and that will be fine. Open up your intellectual kimono to every other issue that comes your way, and you’ll soon feel frustrated and defeated.

Equanimity Matters

Here are four tips that trainers you can put into place now to maintain some semblance of equanimity throughout the course of the day, week, month, year and your career, despite what news comes down the pike.

1.  Pick a handful of issues that you choose to follow and/or support. You can’t be on top of everything or offer your heart out in all directions. Narrow the field to what really matters to you and then give yourself permission to dive deeply into those issues.

2.  Don’t waste any time sparring online with others or trying to convince anybody else of your viewpoint when it’s clear that they’ve already dug in their heels. It’s fine for people to arrive at consensus, but it’s a mutual process. If one party is too invested in achieving a particular outcome, when the other is not, nothing much is going to happen.

3.  Give yourself a recurring rest from current events. That in turn helps to alleviate some of your stress and anxiety. You’ve likely got decades to go in this life. You don’t want to dissipate too much more of your time on issues upon which you can do nothing. Pick your spots, stay true to your interests, and recognize that it will be all right.

…You can take time away from the information maelstrom. There is no cosmic scoreboard in the sky detailing whether or not you’ve kept pace hour by hour or day by day. You deserve a break today. Give yourself a little bit of time without tuning in.

4.  Recognize that breaking news, as well as fads and what is currently trending, goes by the wayside quickly. Rather than get caught up in the minutia of popular culture, focus on long-term trends:

* Where is humanity heading?
* What will the health be of the typical adult in five years?
* What major milestones will be reached within five years?

The Long Game

By focusing on the long-term, rather than fads or current events, you give yourself the opportunity to consider events in the world from a better vantage point.

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Jeff Davidson is the world's only holder of the title "The Work-Life Balance Expert®" as awarded by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He is the premier thought leader on work-life balance, integration, and harmony. Jeff speaks to organizations that seek to enhance their overall productivity by improving the effectiveness of their people. He is the author of Breathing Space, Simpler Living, Dial it Down, and Everyday Project Management. Visit www.BreathingSpace.com for more information on Jeff's keynote speeches and seminars, including: Managing the Pace with Grace® * Achieving Work-Life Balance™ * Managing Information and Communication Overload®



 
 
 

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