Don't Postpone Your PeaceNov 17, 2022
Peace of mind can be hard to find these days, what with busy schedules and non-stop responsibilities pulling us in different directions each day. Our stress can be compounded by struggles in our relationships, and it can affect our health and career as well. We can start to feel like nothing ever goes our way. It’s no wonder we don’t feel peaceful and content at the end of each day. It can be hard to stay on the right track, and to even find time to relax and recharge when everything seems so hectic. However, it’s not impossible, and with a few simple tricks, you can find peace now and live a more stress-free life. So here are some tips that can help you find peace now!
The first step is acknowledging that you're stressed
Journaling can be a great way to begin the process of self-discovery. Keeping a journal of your thoughts and feelings can help you become more self-aware, leading to a greater appreciation for your own needs and wants. Just as importantly, journaling can give you a sense of control over your emotions, which is critical to reducing stress. It also provides an outlet that helps reduce emotional intensity. Additionally, journaling may help you feel less alone with difficult thoughts or experiences by providing some emotional release. Finally, there's evidence that writing about traumatic events in detail has been shown to improve PTSD symptoms. All this leads us back to our initial point about self-awareness - what do we really need? What are our goals? How are we feeling? It's time to explore these questions with ourselves and in our journals.
Self-awareness is a key component of cultivating peace of mind. Start to Identify your triggers.
When an unpleasant emotion arises, stop to notice the thought that came before it. This technique can help you identify what type of thought is causing your anxiety or depression. Once you have identified these thoughts, change them for more positive thoughts! Self-improvement is key to living a stress free and happy life.
Practice being open to changing your perspective.
When challenges come up that affect your mood, ask what else they could mean. The meaning of something can change from person to person, so it may not be as negative as you think. Instead, try and see the problem from a different perspective. Seeing the problem in a different light can help with your self improvement and finding more meaning in your life.
Avoid overwhelm and experience success every day by setting realistic goals.
Focus on the next steps not the end result you desire. This will help you take satisfaction in all your accomplishments and success, rather than feeling overwhelmed and unsatisfied with what you have achieved so far. Do your best every day, then start over for the next day
Decide to start letting go of what you can't control.
You can only control your perspective and how you react. If something happens that you can't control, it's best to let go of it as quickly as possible. Acceptance is key here. You have no power over other people's actions or things out of your control, but you do have power over your outlook and self-control.
Unpack your emotional baggage and simplify your life.
Stress can come from clutter and over thinking. Clear your mind and declutter your space to achieve the peace of simplicity. Start by setting clear boundaries and practicing the art of saying no, focusing on what you have rather than what you don't have, and eliminating negative habits that lead to even more negativity. Make a little time each day to get outside to take in natural light, get some exercise and make sure you’re getting enough sleep at night. These simple fundamental behaviors can help create a less stressful atmosphere in which you're better able to find peace.
Another important aspect of creating peace is to practice self-care.
It's important to practice self-care, which means taking care of yourself by eating right, getting enough sleep and exercise, and working toward balance in mind and body. Commit to making any doctor’s appointments you’ve been putting off. Begin to create an action plan to attend to the self-improvement habits you know you should be implementing. Mental and emotional self-care is part of this. Starting a practice of mindfulness meditation or yoga can be very helpful.
Seek professional help. You don’t have to take this road alone.
Invest in your healing and growth by hiring a qualified coach, mentor, or accountability partner. When you need some extra support, it can be hard to know where to turn. Consider hiring a coach or mentor who has been through what you're going through and can help you find solutions. You'll not only get relief from the day-to-day struggles of mental health but also learn skills for lifelong self improvement.
The underlying theme here is to change your mindset and see that peace and contentment are not far away, they are available now. They won’t usually just fall in our lap. We need to do the work on ourselves, but we have the power within us to take control of our lives and find peace regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in right now. As long as we make time for self improvement and creating new habits, we can handle almost anything that comes our way, and find peace and contentment in the moment. I know it can be difficult to get past those thoughts about the past and the future that capture our attention, but if you want real peace and contentment in this lifetime, then you will have to change what you believe. Because beliefs are self-fulfilling. If we keep believing that our peace lies in some future time or circumstance and give up on what we can shift now, then that will wind up being true.