Finding Peace in Chaos

Finding peace is possible.

Finding peace in the middle of chaos is possible.

Everyone has chaos in their lives. Mine came early. Born into an alcoholic, abusive home, I experienced .

the horrors of alcoholism, abuse, and addictive issues at an early age. In an effort to cope, I turned to an addiction to sugar, which

produced more depression and anxiety. Over time psychosis also reared its ugly head. My purpose in this post is not to further expound upon my tragedy. It is to provide coping mechanisms that can be used in any life challenge.


We all lose loved ones. Marriages break up. Jobs are lost. Expectations are sometimes not met. Everyone on this planet runs down the road of problems. So how does one find peace in the eye of the storm? Please consider the following ten

coping mechanisms.

1. Rituals for finding peace;  When I was a child, we used to go to Friday night rosary at a neighbor’s home. My two aunts, my mother, and my grandmother would don our coats and walk to Mrs. Block’s home in Webster Groves. It was a time of family bonding. The hostess always served delicious treats after prayer time. We spent some time talking about problems and challenges coming up in your lives. It brought peace to me when I felt sad about the situation at home.

2. Prayer for finding peace Find a time for daily prayer and reflection. I find this to be most helpful at the beginning of the day. It sets the tone for the next twenty four hours.

3. Exercise for finding peace; Exercise raises endorphin levels and provides a hedge against stress. The best time to do this is between six and eight o’clock in the morning when the sun provides plenty of Vitamin D.

4. Play for finding peace:  Find time to laugh and play on a regular basis. I used to teach piano on Sundays. I found I need one day a week to kick back and relax. So Sunday is my play day.

5. Eat healthy foods: it’s difficult to be at peace when our bodies are ill. Leave out acid forming sugars, wheat, and dairy. Eat only foods that are anti-0inflammatory in nature.

6 Laughter: Laughter is the best medicine. It elevates the immune system and creates good health in general.

7.Positive friendships: Negative people tend to drag us down. Positive friends will serve as sources of wisdom and encouragement.

8. Look for the silver lining: See life storms as opportunities. I use a process called reframing. When something negative occurs, I cull a lesson from it. This way, “all things work together for the good for those who love the Lord.”

9. Stepping stones:  Use challenges as stepping stones. They give us the chance to grow and learn.

10.See the good in all and in every situation.

For information on finding spiritual peace. please refer to

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