Inner peace is kind of a fuzzy subject that likely feels different to each individual. But one thing most would probably agree on is that “inner peace” is really about self: self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-love. In this crazy world of seemingly constant chaos, we sometimes let negative energy steal our inner peace. Here are some tips on finding inner peace, calming your nerves, and finding the balance you crave.
1. Daily Inspiration
Do some research to find things that inspire you; things that lift your spirits. Perhaps it’s a daily quote, a TED Talk, a phone call to a friend, or just watching the sunrise. Whatever gives you strength can help in finding inner peace.
You might be dealing with kids, cell phones, or even TV while cooking, cleaning, or even driving (which is downright dangerous). Take time out to focus on just one thing. This can help to declutter the mind and give your brain a bit of a break. When you actually have downtime, consider using it to meditate. The beauty of meditation is that it doesn’t require anything but your focus, and even the shortest amount of time can be helpful in finding inner peace.
3. Be Present
The past is the past, and the future is uncertain. You cannot change tomorrow by worrying today, and agonizing over things said and done cannot change the past. Be present. Enjoy what is happening in each moment today. Beautiful things are happening, if you’re distracted by the past or the future, you might miss them.
4. Commune with Nature
When you begin embracing the majesty of nature, you may start to realize the glory that surrounds you and the awesomeness of it. Your daily struggles are very real, but appreciating your surroundings can help put things in perspective. Let the sights, smells, and sounds of nature envelop you.
When you feel better after a day at the beach or going barefoot in the park, it may be about more than just having fun and spending time with loved ones. The contact between your skin and the ground can reconnect you with the earth. More research is needed, but some experts believe that the electrical charges from the earth can have a positive effect on your body. You can try it yourself with this 2-minute grounding exercise.
6. Release Trapped Emotions
Sometimes vague negativity inside you can plague each moment and weigh you down. This may be due to Trapped Emotions that you don’t even know are there. Using techniques like those described in The Emotion Code book, can help you find inner peace by identifying and releasing these Trapped Emotions and the negative energy they bring.
We tend to convince ourselves that the chaos in our daily life is put upon us by outside sources, but ultimately it all boils down to our choices and priorities. Ask yourself what you can let go of or simplify. Stop overcommitting to projects, meetings, and activities, and start having more downtime. Rid your space of unnecessary objects and create clean lines and simple spaces in your home.
8. Tackle a Problem
If your days are filled with a nagging issue that you just can’t let go, tackle it. Even if it can’t be fixed or finished in a single day, at least you’ll know you’ve made progress. Develop a plan and timeline for how to complete it. You will feel a lot better if you take the first step in completing something you’ve been needing to do but putting off.
While devices and social media can be great tools to keep friends and family connected and communities informed, they can also be harbingers of negativity. If you’ve noticed feelings of comparison after using social media or you just don’t feel as happy after being on it, consider cutting it out for a while. Remember that social media only allows small glimpses into other people’s lives — and only includes the things they want others to see. Eliminating it for a while can help you stop comparing yourself to others, and be more “in the moment” with yourself and your loved ones.
10. When You Can Be Anything, Be Kind
Kindness is simple. Kindness is free. Kindness can change the world. Kindness can be a powerful tool in attaining inner peace, for you and for others. When you can choose to be anything, choose to be kind. It will improve your mood, open doors, and you may even see the kindness reciprocated.