Finding inner peace in today’s fast-paced environment can be a real challenge.
We live in a hectic world and we are often overwhelmed by our jobs, household chores, or other tasks. However important these might be, it is essential to slow down from time to time and take a break from our frantic lives. Remember that your sanity and your general wellbeing are more important than anything.
So, how can you find and maintain your inner peace?
Here’s what you can do:
1. Set Limits
You might have the tendency to engage in more tasks than you can handle. Doing this usually leaves you frustrated and overwhelmed at the end of the day.
Determine how much time you want to allocate for each aspect of your life and how many things you can accomplish within that time frame. Give up on the least important things or delegate them to someone else. This way, you will feel more relaxed knowing that you have enough time to accomplish everything you need to do.
Also, do you have the tendency to always check your phone for new e-mails or messages? If so, keep in mind that this not only distracts you from your tasks, but it also increases stress and anxiety. Set a limit for how many times you can check your e-mail and acknowledge the fact that you do not need to reply immediately. Furthermore, avoid checking social media while performing important tasks.
2. Declutter the Space around You
Declutter your desk and your room in order to declutter your mind. You will notice that once the space around you stops being messy and starts being organized, you will see things from a new perspective. In fact, a major benefit of decluttering is that it helps you focus more easily.
To do this more efficiently, simply make the effort to leave the desk tidy once you finish working, to make your bed in the morning, and to perform other simple, similar tasks. This way, cleaning up will not feel like a burden that is time-consuming.
Also, throw away the things you no longer need. Not only do they occupy too much of your space, but they will also help you detach from material things. Let go of the stuff you no longer use and practice detachment. In time, you will train your mind to also detach from negative thoughts.
3. Set Your Priorities
Determine what is truly important for you and prioritize your tasks. It is important to know what goals you want to pursue, or otherwise, you risk losing valuable time with insignificant things.
Plus, determining what your goals are and creating a plan to work towards them will help you find your inner peace, as you will know that you are on the right path. However, try to set realistic, short-term goals. Otherwise, you risk creating a new cause for anxious thoughts.
We tend to put labels and categorize everything in our lives. We regard every experience as “good”, “bad”, “neutral,” and so on. However, it often happens that the labels we create in our minds are very different from reality.
Practicing non-judgment means stopping our minds from jumping to conclusions. Of course, judging things is part of human nature and it’s normal to have different opinions about various things. However, we can try to avoid being judgmental. That means no longer labeling others, ourselves, or the things that happen to us before getting enough information and analyzing them properly.
Getting rid of your judgmental attitude is life-changing. In fact, studies show that learning to judge less can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.
5. Spend Time in Nature
A great way to find and maintain inner peace is by spending time in nature.
You could take a walk in the park, try hiking or go camping. Disconnect from social media and from your hectic life and just notice the nature around you. Several studies show that spending time in nature is great for your mental health.
Therefore, slow down, take a break, and find your inner peace in the heart of nature.
6. Practice Meditation
One of the most popular practices for finding inner peace and achieving a state of mindfulness is meditation. People have been practicing it for a very long time and it is still one of the most efficient and accessible techniques. In fact, between 200 and 500 million people practice meditation worldwide.
So how can you get started?
You don’t need any special equipment, just some comfortable clothes and a quiet place to sit. Find a comfortable position, close your eyes and begin. There are many meditation techniques, but one of the easiest ones involves focusing on your breath. Whenever distracting thoughts occur, let them go and return to your breath. You can start by practicing this exercise for about ten minutes or for however long you feel comfortable.
For more tips on how to practice meditation, check out this article.
Achieving inner peace and learning to maintain it is one of the first steps to living your best life. Start by setting your priorities straight and then try to let go of the negative thoughts, reconnect with yourself, and practice mindfulness.
What are the biggest challenges that prevent you from living peacefully? Let me know in the comments below!