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Inner peace can be difficult to have when everything in life seems to be going wrong. If you find yourself in a situation where it feels like everything is going wrong, and you can't find inner peace, don't panic. That's actually a challenge that all of us face once in a while. Instead, try to relax and remind yourself that even if things seem like they are out of your control, maybe it's because this is the path we were meant to take.

How can you find happiness when it seems like everything is going wrong?

For those who've been through devasting life events, life often takes a sudden turn for the absolute worst. It's hard to remember a time when you were happy and optimistic when all you can think about is the horrors that you were forced to witness firsthand. Shock and confusion are the first reactions that we experience after a devastating event. There is only one question that goes through your head now, and that is why me?

When you have anxiety, it can feel like the whole world is against you. But it's really not the entire world, but one aspect of your life that's causing the problem. This is a significant perspective shift to make since it narrows the issue to a manageable size. 

A traumatic event can have a negative impact on your life. However, how you interpret it and how you react to that event will determine how you feel. You have the power to make this worse or better. The way you talk to yourself and interpret the events in your life determines how much emotional pain you will experience. You can choose to see life events as problems or as a way to grow and learn from them.

When I hear about devasting events, how do I maintain inner peace?

In the news, we rarely hear of happy stories, those stories where people do good works or are helping others. Instead, we hear of the divisions in society, wars around the globe, riots, and murders. How can we maintain our inner peace when so much wrong is happening around us which we can't control?

One way is to relinquish unnecessary control, whether it's over yourself or other people. In preserving your inner peace, you have to accept what comes, especially when it's from sources you can't predict or control. Focus your perspective on those things you do have control over, such as your feelings and actions. Do what you can do, what you can't do, or what is out of your control; you need to let it go. Holding on to what I can't control will only produce anxiety because I can't change it. 

Focus on the positives in life

When things are going wrong, it's hard to recognize what is going right. It's easy to screen out the good stuff and only focus on the wrong things. Remind yourself that some things are going right. Purposely look for the positive, even if it is something minimal.

You get what you look for. In other words, if your perspective is focused on the negatives in life, then all you will experience are the negatives. Yet, focusing our perspective on the positives, even the smallest of positives, will help you to see more positives around you. 

Here are perspective shifts you can do ... 

1. This Too Shall Pass

2. Some Things are Going Right

3. I Have Some Control

4. I Can Ask for Help

5. I Have Overcome Past Difficulties

Here are positive thoughts you can work on ...

1. Be Thankful You Woke up This Morning

2. Don't Compare Yourself to Others

3. Don't Judge Others

4. Take Control of Your Mornings

5. Focus on the Good Things in Your Life No Matter How Small

6. Look at the Funny Side

Inner peace will stay with you so long as you remain focused on thoughts and behaviors which enable inner peace. 

If you're ready to explore life coaching, we would be honored to help. You can read more here about our life coaching practice or call the office directly at 301-850-2177. 

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