Peace of mind can sometimes be an elusive pursuit that seems impossible.
For many people, they strive to achieve high goals or great accomplishments. While there is nothing wrong with this, achieving your goals can come at a cost. You may sacrifice other areas of your life in order to achieve these goals. It’s easy to get lost in our daily routine where we feel as though we are constantly working hard towards something instead of enjoying the present moment.
So much in our world is uncertain. The future is uncertain, and the past can seem like an eternity ago with all the regrets we have. I’m challenging you to take six steps over the next several weeks to find peace of mind in an often chaotic and uncertain world.
Do not worry about what you cannot control
When we worry, we tend to focus on things we have no control over. And while it’s a natural human reaction, it is also a very unhealthy one that can lead to stress and anxiety.
If you’ve ever found yourself worrying about something unimportant or out of your control, take a step back and ask yourself if there’s anything you can do about it. If not, let go and move on with your life.
Take care of your body and mind
Finding peace of mind is easier when your body is healthy and your mind is clear. If you’re feeling stressed out or anxious, it might be time for a break from work or school. Take a few deep breaths and meditate for a few minutes each day. Exercise can also help relieve stress, improve your mood and boost energy levels.
Don’t feel guilty about doing things for yourself
We’re all so busy. We have to work, we have to make dinner, we have to take care of the kids. And then we have to find time to do something for ourselves.
Sometimes that means making time in the middle of the day, or sneaking away at night. Sometimes it means asking friends and family members to help out so that you can take a break or go on a date with your significant other.
Even if it’s just taking a walk around the block, it’s important that you remember that you’re allowed to do things for yourself.
Practice mindfulness and meditation, even just for a couple of minutes at a time
Meditation is about learning to be present in the moment and accepting what’s happening around you, rather than constantly trying to change everything around you. That’s an important skill in today’s world where so many people are constantly multitasking and trying to control everything around them.
If you’re dealing with stress or anxiety, meditation can help reduce symptoms by teaching your brain that there’s no need to panic because everything will be okay. This can help create peace of mind. And if your stress is caused by something going on in your life right now (like a big project), then meditation can help you deal with that situation better by helping you focus on what needs doing right now instead of worrying about everything else happening later down the road.
Set healthy boundaries when engaged in conflict with others
Healthy boundaries are those we set for ourselves based on our values and beliefs, not the needs or opinions of others. They help us establish our own sense of self-worth and identity apart from what others think about us. Set boundaries with people who don’t respect them, and you’ll feel better about yourself.
Give up negative self-talk and replace it with positive affirmations
Negative self-talk is often characterized by words such as “never,” “always” and “should.” For example, you might say to yourself, “I never have enough money” or “I always have problems at work.” When we constantly tell ourselves these kinds of things, they can become an ingrained habit that leads us to expect bad things to happen again and again in our lives! Positive affirmations are statements that communicate clearly what we want to achieve and how we plan to get there. Saying positive affirmations can help even more develop a positive peace of mind.