10 Ways to Find Peace During Chaos

10 Ways to Find Peace During Chaos

At this moment many people are struggling, feeling like their world, life, and mind are in a state of flux. During a time of chaos, you often have feelings of uncertainty, fear,  insecurity, and a loss of control of the situation. But, it is crucial to keep a calm mind, even though it may seem impossible to maintain any sense of peace. 

The following are 10 ways to channel your inner peace to reduce stress during unprecedented times like these.

1. Breathe

One way to instantly trigger a calming response in a chaotic situation is by taking deep breaths. It works more efficiently than you think.  An effective breathing exercise is box breathing: take a deep breath in through your nose to a count of 4, hold for a count of 4, release the breath through your mouth to a count of 4, hold for a count of 4.  Do your breathing while visualizing these 4 count cycles in the shape of a box.

2. Stay positive

Keep your eyes and heart focused on little things you can do to add value to the world each day.  It could be a kind word over Messenger, a quick phone call, or baking banana bread with the kids. Visualizing a positive outcome is an effective way to create calm and inner peace.

3. Rock Out

Take a quick four-minute break from your work to listen to your favorite song. You’ll probably find that it will calm you down, pump you up, or bring back great memories.

4. Step away

When you are seeing negative messages all around us in the news on social media and in our community and you begin to feel overwhelmed, take a step away from all the messages. When you do, you’ll regain the clarity you need to continue.

5. Take a Fresh Air Break

Take a minute to walk outside and breathe in the fresh air. This will help you reconnect briefly with nature and revitalize you!

6. Reconnect

Especially right now, when we are all practicing social distancing, it’s important that we connect with family and friends. There are so many ways to do this: telephone, video conferencing, facetime, messenger chat etc. We can physically distance ourselves without socially distancing ourselves from the people who support us.

7. Laugh

Laughter is one of the best medicines. Taking time to laugh with others, or even by yourself, can help to alleviate physical and emotional stress.  Even during times of uncertainty and chaos around you, finding ways to bring laughter into your life will help you to create some joy.

8. Stretch/move your body

Flexing those muscles and moving your body around is a great way to relieve some of the tension built up in your muscles. Whether it’s yoga, going for a walk, or just dancing to your favourite tunes, moving your body has an almost magical way to not only relieve physical tension, but melt your mental and emotional stress away.

9. Journal

Writing your thoughts and feelings down can be cathartic and help relieve tension.  Journaling what you are grateful for at the end of each day, not only helps you focus on the positives in your life, but will have you looking for and focusing on things to be grateful for during the day.

10. Make a statement

Train your subconscious brain to have a different default thinking than it does now ~ use I AM statements such as I AM HEALTHY, I AM SAFE to change the negative and fearful thoughts that are so easy to default to in times of chaos and crisis.

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Ever imagined sitting on a beach, sipping a drink with an umbrella in it, and not having to stress about heading back to work?  I know I have. This seems like an impossible dream, but it’s a reality for many people (and not just those born with splashy trust funds!).

And the best part is, that the secret to this kind of wealth is a simple one: residual, otherwise known as passive, income

What is Passive Income?

When my parents were young, you had one choice when it came to your wages: you were paid a set amount of money for a set amount of hours worked.  That’s active income, and it’s a direct result of your efforts in your current job.

But then there’s passive income.  Did you know the cast of the TV show Friends is still being paid for their work, despite shooting the last episode in 2004? That’s the power of passive income.  

Luckily you don’t have to be an actor to be part of the action. Whether you are wanting to supplement, or replace your current pay, you can find a way to add passive income to your bank account.

Why add Passive income?

The job market isn’t what it used to be. Changes in the workforce mean there are more part time jobs and contract positions, and less stability, security, and pensions.

There are millions of people who are in their 60’s and even 70’s who feel they can’t retire or have to take part-time work in order to supplement their pensions.  Making ends meet just isn’t as easy as it used to be. Savings, the pension, and superannuation often aren’t enough to pay for life’s necessities. No one wants to be stuck in a meaningless job until they die, or wondering if they can afford to pay for the electricity.  There needs to be a better way.

So what can you do?

One way to ensure you’re setting yourself up for cruise buffet line, instead of the poverty line, is to create a second stream of income now.

But adding in a regular second job has its problems.  While creating another income that relies solely on your efforts, sounds promising, it’s just like your current job: if you stop working, the income stops as well.  

Creating a second position that provides a residual or passive income, that could potentially pay you for the rest of your life, now that is something to get excited about!  

This type of income, rewards you for the work you have done, and will continue to reward you long into the days when you’d sooner play with your grandkids than sit behind a desk.

Network marketing is an accessible way for anyone to build a passive income.  There are a multitude of options out there, you just need to find one that is right for you. Luckily we have an article that explains how to find a great second income, and avoid and potential scams out there.

And for many of us, network marketing does more than set us up for retirement.  It gives us a job we can do from home, with our kids by our side. It allows us to make new friends and find a purpose outside the wonderful, but exhausting, world of motherhood.  Owning your own franchise, stepping into the role of entrepreneur and creating income can be worth more than you can see on a spreadsheet. It can change the way you see yourself, and your future, for the better.

So give passive income a try, enjoy your life on the beach, and if you’d like more information on how network marketing can work for you, click the link below.

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Chicken and Avocado Rice Bowl

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Ingredients:

( 2 servings, double ingredients for 4 servings)

  • Rice ¾ cup
  • 1 avocado
  • 6 cherry/grape tomatoes
  • Corn kernels ½ cup (fresh or frozen organic)
  • Edamame or kidney beans ½ cup
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • Coriander (cilantro) small bunch
  • Natural Pumpkin seeds ¼ cup
  • Natural Sesame seeds ¼ cup

Dressing Ingredients:

  • Honey ½ tsp
  • Extra virgin olive oil (3 tablespoons)
  • Juice from one whole lemon or lime

Method:

  1. Cook rice using your preferred method.
  2. Zest & juice lemon or lime
  3. Grill/bake chicken breasts lightly spiced with salt/pepper or spices of your choice
  4. Saute corn until lightly golden brown
  5. Slice cherry/grape tomatoes 
  6. Cut avocado into 2cm squares
  7. Roughly chop coriander
  8. In a separate bowl, whisk lemon juice, olive oil and honey, add salt and pepper to taste
  9. Fluff cooked rice
  10. Separate rice into servings
  11. Add sliced or chopped chicken breast to each bowl
  12. Drizzle with lemon dressing
  13. Add edamame, avocado, and corn and mix to each bowl
  14. Top with roasted seeds, coriander and chopped tomato
  15. Additional extras for some Mexican flair: sour cream, cheese, hot sauce, red onions.

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Instapot Pot Porketta Roast

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  • Pork shoulder 500gm – 1 kg.
  • Porketta seasoning (see Seasoning recipe)
  • Baby potatoes
  • Chicken stock (unsalted) 2 cups

Porketta Seasoning

Combine the following spices in a small bowl, stir until completely combined.

1 tsp onion powder
3 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp dried parsley
2 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp dried basil
2 tsp dried rosemary
2 tsp dried thyme
2 tsps dried fennel seed
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp salt

Method:

  1. Rub the Porketta Seasoning over the entire pork shoulder.
  2. Add 2 cups of chicken stock to Instapot ensuring trivet is on the bottom of the pot
  3. Lay spiced porketta over trivet in pot.
  4. Add baby potatoes over roast.
  5. Lock on lid and ensure you press the lever on lid to ‘vent steam’.
  6. Set Instapot to “pressure cook” setting.
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**cooking time may vary depending on weight and thickness of roast

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