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Calming the Chaos

Calming the Chaos is a podcast by Licensed Mental Health Counselor Tracy Kenela. She uses profound and often humorous stories from her own life to illustrate how chaos can show up, and how emotional it can be! Anxiety, depression, fear, worry, shame and overwhelm can be managed using a variety of simple tools, skills and techniques. Tracy uses her experience as a counselor and her own personal work to provide you with hope…as well as some simple coping techniques, support and encouragement... that will help you move toward a more peaceful and enjoyable life.

Nov 14, 2020

Episode Title: “Chaotic Choices”

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Intro: In this episode, Tracy talks about how choices and decisions can cause mental and emotional chaos. She gives some examples of simple and complex decisions, describes how “The Four P’s” can make decision-making more chaotic, and gives a skill that you can use to calm the chaos and make wiser choices in your life.  

  1. Examples of choices (simple and complex)
  2. What makes decision-making more chaotic (The Four P’s)
    1. Perfectionism
    2. Pressure
    3. Perceptions
    4. Personalities
  • Using Values to make choices and decisions
    1. Honesty
    2. Transparency
    3. Loyalty
    4. Growth
    5. Kindness
    6. Simplicity
    7. Learning
    8. Fairness
    9. Respect
    10. Attacking / Defense
    11. Conflict
    12. Freedom
    13. Creativity
    14. Quality
    15. Drama
    16. Fun
    17. Safety
    18. Challenge
  1. Conclusion: When you’re faced with a decision or choice, check to see if you have any of the Four P’s coming up. Connect with your values and make a choice. It really is that simple!!



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Tracy also created a mindfulness CD called “On This Day.” This CD teaches you how to practice mindfulness in less than 10 minutes throughout the day. Practicing mindfulness has been shown to reduce stress and increase clear thinking in times of chaos.

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Thanks for listening, and take care!