With so very much happening around us, how can we be strong enough that nothing can disturb our peace of mind? It is easy for all of us to feel overwhelmed and stressed about what is going on in our lives… and to let those circumstances crowd our thoughts and influence our emotions.
Achieve Peace of Mind
I have put together a few things that help me deal with the stresses in my life and put me on a path to achieve and maintain peace of mind. Try some of these out for yourself…
1. Set a Clear Intention to Achieve and Maintain Peace of Mind
Set it as a goal of yours to achieve and maintain peace of mind. Proclaim your intention to achieve inner peace. Use peace of mind affirmations or create your own and remind yourself of them… write them down and reference them often.
2. De-clutter Your Life
In every aspect of your life, try to de-clutter your surroundings. Get rid of the clutter, especially in the areas you frequent. Your bedroom, for example, should be a space for peace and relaxation… your kitchen should be organized to make food preparation and conversation easy… your family room should be organized to make family activities, like game night or movie night, a joy!
Clear yourself of strains on your mental space. If you are sensitive to negative stories on the news, stop exposing yourself to those negative stories. Release negative influences in your life.
De-cluttering extends to everything in your life including your e-mail inbox… are you getting several e-mails from sources you aren’t even sure of? Unsubscribe or, better yet, create yourself a new e-mail address and use the old one for subscriptions and sign-ups online… a junk drawer for your e-mail?
3. Create a “Me Space”
Set aside a special place in your home that is just for you…even if it’s a common area that is ‘just for you at certain times of the day’ it helps a lot. Leave phones and mobile devices and other distractions out of your space. Use this space for reflection, for meditation, and for discovering you! Decorate it to your liking and provide yourself a means of listening to music, or whatever else inspires you.
4. Create a “Me Time”
Create a time of day that is just for you. Communicate your ‘me time’ to friends and family so they know they will not be able to reach you at that time. Treat yourself to this time with yourself every single day without fail.
5. Now Use Your Space and Your Time
It doesn’t help to de-clutter your life and set aside a daily time and space if you just let it collect dust. Put your intention into action and use the space and time you created.
What Do You Love About You – Reflect on all the reasons you love YOU! Write them down. Are you a great mother or father? Are you a special friend to someone in your life? Perhaps you love that you keep a neat home or a groomed yard. Write them down and reference them often. Start with 10-20 reasons.
Gratitude – Use your time to think about all that you are grateful for in life. It helps to keep a gratitude log and write down all the things you’re grateful for. Learn to enjoy the things you have in your life now. This one step alone was a giant leap towards achieving peace of mind for me.
Dreams and Goals – Life can change our focus from what we plan to achieve or gain from life to what the latest headline is. Remind yourself of your dreams and goals. Again, write them down and reference them during this time of yours. You don’t need to use your ‘me time’ to draw up extensive plans to achieve your goals… just use it to remind yourself what those dreams and goals are.
Meditate and/or Pray – Take long, deep breaths and enjoy some quiet time with just you. Get in touch with your spiritual side. Learn about meditation techniques and use them during your ‘me time’.
Write – A very healing exercise for me is to write. I will often reflect on my day to determine what made me laugh, what made me happy, and what inspired me or motivated me, and then write about those events.
“If you are not really at peace with what has happened in your life, then you have not truly accepted responsibility for the events themselves, and for your response to them. Any lingering resentment or regret simply means that you still want to lay blame, either at your own door or someone else’s.”
~ Robert White
You are the author of your life and you can set an intention to achieve peace of mind. Using these techniques will not stop all that is going on around you but will help you achieve and maintain a peace of mind and better equip you to deal with the stresses and anxieties of life… Life Happens.
What do you do to achieve peace of mind?