In today’s hectic world, It’s definitely a challenge to get into the state of bliss. You might wonder how you could possibly unplug and be happy amid the chaos surrounding you, wishing if only there were some guides to inner peace. Well, you’re not alone.
Here’s one of the simplest guides to inner peace. It really only takes a few small actions to find calm.
If you’re attached to the umbilical cord of your smartphone, you are at everybody’s beck and call. You can end up feeling overwhelmed with information (some important, some not at all), and being constantly interrupted. You deserve some time to devote exclusively to yourself, to your relationships, to your work, and to your passions and goals.
Just hit airplane mode. You can do it!
2. Listen to music
Choose the kind of music that makes you feel relaxed and upbeat. Whatever your genre, music is soul food and it has the power to change your vibration.
3. Run it off
Exercise, especially outdoors, is a way to create a peace of mind for yourself. Not only will you get the endorphins flowing, but when you’re focused on a sport, it will become impossible for you to be immersed in your worries. It doesn’t matter what kind of exercise you do, just move your body.
Every time you bring your attention to your breath, your mind will forget about your worries right away. Try this: Count each breath and try to get to 10 without allowing your mind to wander, even for a second. Breathe your troubles away!
5. Clean your space
Declutter, organize, and get rid of anything you don’t use, don’t need, or don’t love. Clutter only reminds you of things left undone, and it just creates more work for you. Commit to a 10-minute daily clean-up, and you’ll never have to sacrifice a weekend day again to clean your home.
Play with pets, kids and/or friends. Be silly. Frolic. Goof off. Be a kid. Romp. Inject a playful attitude into boring chores, and let your inner child come out and play.
7. Be in nature
The soothing sounds of birds or flowing water will do wonders for your soul. Traffic noise and other man-made sounds can be so incredibly jarring (like your alarm clock). A little time in nature will soothe you and make all the difference.
8. Love yourself
Here’s what you can do to treat yourself with love and respect every day:
- Maintain an excellent nutrition, daily exercise, and enough rest
- Use kind and empowering self-talk (in other words, don’t trash-talk yourself)
- Stand up for yourself (learn to say NO) and be assertive with your needs
- Accept yourself and learn what it feels like to love yourself unconditionally
- Be true to yourself: Understand your values and act according to them
- Don’t beat yourself up about past mistakes and failures: Learn from them and move on
9. Be here now
Mindfulness or present-awareness is a difficult thing to master. Our thoughts are always racing ahead to the future or wallowing in the past. Become more acutely aware of the information gathered by all five of your senses at any given moment.
10. Smile and laugh
Find the humor in life. Both smiling and laughter are proven mood boosters.
11. Make – and work on — goals
Goals are meant to keep you moving in the right direction so it’s okay to change them up every once in a while. If you aren’t happy with the way things are, don’t waste your mental energy on complaining or worrying. Set your sights on something better and work toward it. Don’t be scared to let go of what doesn’t serve you anymore.
12. Accept what you can’t change
There’s really no point in worrying yourself sick if there’s nothing you can do about something. If you can do a little (even if it feels like a drop in the bucket) to make things better, do it. If there’s nothing you can do, then set your sights on something you can contribute to in another area of your life.
13. Don’t take yourself or life too seriously
Be more flexible and be open to the fact that your way is not the only way. Become interested in alternative points of view and different approaches.
14. Love, all the way
Unconditionally. Freely. Be vulnerable and love without fear. Enter a relationship with NO expectations — just love the person for the person they are, without ever expecting them to fill any “holes” in your life. You are complete as you are. You were born complete and you don’t need anyone to fill any imaginary voids.
15. Focus on the best-case outcome
Worrying is just a habit. You can just as easily turn your imagination to what might go right instead of what might go wrong. Practice this daily and reprogram your mind to think in terms of best-case outcomes.
16. Let it go
It’s not easy to cut ties or cut losses, but why go down with the ship? Think of it this way: You’re just turning the page and moving on to a new chapter.
17. Be grateful
This may be the single most important element of inner peace. Focus on everything in your life that you’re grateful for. Deliberately look for the blessings and lessons.
18. Reach out
Share your life with others. Even if you’re very shy, you can be part of something if you volunteer.
19. Find healthy ways to express negative emotions
Never suppress or deny negative emotions (they come back with a vengeance), and don’t self-destruct because of them. Instead, exercise, play music, do art, practice martial arts, meditate, write… It’s often said that an artist’s best work comes from their “blue mood”.
20. Slow down
What’s the rush? Why does everything need to be instant? Challenge your own impatience and that of others. We may live in a world that encourages instant results, but try telling that to a bottle of wine. Everything in its own good time.
21. Don’t compare yourself to others
You are you. Is it really important to follow what everybody else is doing? Is it really important to jump to what’s trending? Follow your own heart, do what you want to do, walk your own path. Be you.
22. Stop worrying about what other people think
You may think they’re judging you but, most of the time, people are only concerned with themselves. They think about themselves more than they think about you. And in case they do judge, just remember that critical people are first of all critical with themselves.
23. Be kind
Kindness feels good. This is the one thing you’ll find in all guides to inner peace — the peace you feel from helping someone out is inevitably profound.
24. Challenge the norm
We often think in terms of what we should and must do. But how many of those “shoulds” are really worth acting upon?
How many of the principles you live by are your ideas and how many have you inherited by society? How many are hand-me-down ideals from your parents? Do you really need to get that college degree, apply for that job, or marry that guy or girl?
When you follow your heart and do what you intuitively know is right for you, you’ll be much more in peace with yourself.
Less is more! Just think about how much you have to work in order to be able to buy, store, repair, insure, and maintain all those things. If you have fewer things, you can work less and play more.
Which one of these do you practice daily? Share your experience with us in the comment below!
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