This is probably not groundbreaking, but rule one of philosophy is zoom out.
Of course, that is if you accept that philosophy is more than whining about the way things are as is put forth by Devin. He told me that is the essence of philosophy. Having no formal training other than being a human being using the English language, I wouldn’t know, but I do know what philosophy is to me.
Philosophy is zooming out, seeing the whole picture, stripping away context and dealing only with principle, values, concepts. Then one can zoom back in and apply philosophy to daily life if desired.
So zoom out. Look at yourself, and the world, from afar. Get outside yourself. Visualize your self and the world as if you were looking at it from a great distance.
Earth from the moon is a classic example of zooming out. How the earth is really only little a blue planet out in the middle of nowhere.
But practically speaking zooming out can be great in releasing one from getting caught up, getting sucked into the Henny Penny world view of panic and fear.
For in reality, this reality, our reality, our next breath is going to happen with our without panic and fear.
I don’t know about you, really I don’t, but I prefer to be fearless.