When was the last time your mind felt at ease? We’re not talking about a temporary wave of calm but a genuine sense of inner peace. The term “inner peace” is thrown around in today’s world. It’s a simple concept, but it’s not easy. It takes time to work toward achieving inner peace, so here’s a 8-step guide to getting a jumpstart!
1. Limit yourself
That technology craze we talked about? It’s real. Screen time is an issue for most of us. It’s one of those habits that can get out of control and steal our peace of mind. Sure, you’ll still pull out your phone for a social media scroll or to reply to a buzz, but setting boundaries upfront is a guarantee that you’ll feel less bombarded by technology.
2. Separate “big deals” from the details
When life gets busy, everything feels like a big deal. When you start on this trend, one tiny stressor can snowball into an all-consuming catastrophe. Figure out what really matters, and if it doesn’t matter, don’t sweat it.
3. Take things slowly
Don’t groan at the “Slow down” advice bit; instead, try to hear it out. Your body affects your mind and vice versa. When you slow things down on a physical level, you’re better able to slow down on a mental level.
4. Stop being late
As hard as it is to break the habit of running behind schedule, you should break it. Being on time (better yet, early) alleviates the stress of running late.
5. Let it be
The Beatles had it right when they sang, “Let it be.” There are some things you just can’t control in life. Whether it’s a previous relationship or an unfavorable work situation of the past, the past is behind you. Focus on the present moment and let go of everything else.
6. Stop procrastinating
You may think that pushing off a pesky responsibility is saving you the stress, but it only prolongs it. At the end of the day, you’re still going to have to do it, right? So why wait? It’s like the Band-Aid ripping analogy. You choose to either rip it off quickly, face the pain, and then get over it, or rip it off slowly and endure it for a longer amount of time. Procrastinating takes a lot of mental energy that you could be using for something else.
7. Remember to breathe
The best way to connect with yourself is through the breath. Breathing is what keeps you alive, and it’s what keeps you anchored. If you feel you are losing your inner peace, stop, and focus on your breath. When we get stressed, we breathe shallowly, which tells our body we are under attack. Simply spending a few minutes breathing slowly and deeply will help your mind and body relax.
8. Take it day by day
When today is tough, know that tomorrow will come. Life has its ups and downs, just like your week will have its ups and downs. Try not to get too caught up on one bad day. It’s how you respond to the stress triggers in your life that allow or deny inner peace.
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