Facilitator Reproducible Guided Self-Exploration Activities
One thing that all people can count on in the twenty-first century is living with chaos. Chaos refers to a state of confusion in your life, the experience of random or unpredictable occurances, and/or a lack of order to your daily life, space and belongings. Chaos can be seen in the many changes in the workplace, cell phones ringing and people constantly beset with interruptions, the barrage of new information flooding into your brain, thousands of choices, new and improved product ideas, new technologies that arrive daily, and new family structures. Often a family member volunteers or is forced to take on a new role such as caregiving. These are just a few of the many ways people are experiencing increased chaos in their lives which leaves them feeling irritated, frustrated, exhausted, angry, overwhelmed and/or confused.
Many people are interested in returning to the days when life was simpler, calmer, more controllable and more predictable. People want their lives to be full of events, people, and things they can predict and count on. Instead, they feel like they are losing their sense of purpose, control and predictability, and the result of these feelings is a sense of exasperation and weariness.
People often ask, “Why worry about chaos, there’s nothing you can do about it?” The fact is that people can control the chaos in their lives. It can be quite liberating to realize that chaos, although unsettling, need not be as frustrating as people believe. They can learn to define patterns of chaos and redirect their energies and abilities.
The purpose of this book is to provide people with the right lens to see the patterns in the chaos in their lives. This workbook will show participants that although chaos can be frustrating and stressful; by being redirected it can also enrich lives and provide a sense of meaning and purpose.
The activities are divided into four chapters to help you identify and select assessments easily and quickly:
- Chapter 1: Disorganization
This chapter helps participants explore how a lack of organization in personal and professional life leads to feeling a sense of chaos.
- Chapter 2: Control of Chaos
This chapter helps participants explore how well they are able to control the effects of chaos in their lives through limiting distractions, staying organized, and maintaining influence of their lives despite outside forces.
- Chapter 3: Juggling Multiple Roles
This chapter helps participants explore their effectiveness in juggling multiple roles and finding balance among the roles they play.
- Chapter 4: Time-Pressure
This chapter helps participants identify and explore the impact that poor time-management skills are having on their overall level of life chaos.
All of the guided activities are fully reproducible for use with your clients/participants.
This workbook is also available in PDF eBook format, making it simple to store on your computer or mobile device, and to access with a PDF viewer. The PDF format also allows you to easily print copies of the activities and worksheets during therapy and counseling sessions.
Coping with Chaos Card Deck
Need a creative way to start your session? Use the Coping with Chaos Card Deck. The open-ended questions will break the ice and stimulate conversation. Use them alone or in conjunction with the corresponding page in the book.
Discuss how you believe that disorganization at home can lead to stress. Ask the group for examples.
What is one of the major roles you play. (mother, sister, student, employee, etc.) What do you expect of yourself?
In what situation are you always rushing? What can you do about it so you don't need to rush?