10 Things You Can Do RIGHT NOW To Achieve Peace Of Mind
When your mind is racing at a million miles an hour and everyone is clamoring for your attention, it can be hard to imagine that peace of mind is possible, or that you could ever achieve it. Yet, it definitely is, and you most certainly can. So grab a cup of chamomile tea, take a deep breath, and read on to learn ten ways you can get closer to that blissful state right now.
1) Practice gratitude
Researchers are finding out what your grandmother told you for years: giving thanks for what you have can help you feel happier and more at peace. Embrace the connection between gratitude and peace of mind by acknowledging the good in your life. Start a gratitude journal that you can look back on, or make a gratitude jar that you can add to throughout the day.
2) Set your priorities
The things your friends hold dear may not be what matters most to you. Make a list of your priorities and focus on the top three or four. Knowing what is most important to you can help you set goals and keep you from being pulled in too many directions.
3) Eat a balanced diet
The food you eat can have a big impact on your emotional wellness. Instead of relying on fad diets that have you excluding entire food groups, turn to research-backed eating plans. Check out a few Mediterranean diet recipes or read an intermittent fasting book to learn about how they may help preserve your physical and cognitive function.
4) Embrace mindfulness
Contrary to what you might think, mindfulness isn’t some mystic practice. It is simply the practice of being in the here and now. Learn some basic techniques to turn your focus inward so you become aware of your mind and body.
5) Declutter your space
It seems that when your environment is disorganized, so are your thoughts. Help encourage a peaceful state of mind by decluttering your space.
6) Use essential oils
Natural remedies to help calm your mind and heal your body have been around for thousands of years. Take advantage of this long history of knowledge by learning about essential oils and how they can help you find inner peace. Place a few drops of lavender, chamomile, or bergamot essential oil into a diffuser and let the scent fill your room.
7) Learn to say no
It’s remarkable that this one small word can hold tremendous power over your life. Learning to say no is empowering, and it can have a huge impact on your life. It will free up time that you are currently spending on things that hold little or no meaning to you so you can focus on those priorities that hold meaning for you.
8) Go outside
Nature is a unifying factor. It is accessible to everyone, simply step outside. Yet it is a powerful tool in the quest for inner peace. The bottom line: nature is soothing. Try to spend a few minutes each day outside. Try taking a quick walk after lunch while noticing the world around you. Revel in the natural beauty and let your mind relax.
9) Get physical
Interestingly, people who practice regular physical activity report more positive emotional feelings. Join a gym or walking group, ride your bike, or enjoy some time working in the yard to see the emotional benefits of adding exercise to your routine.
The world is increasingly connected, making it harder for people to unplug and spend quiet time alone with their thoughts. Don’t give in to the idea that you must always be accessible. Make time for yourself by disconnecting from tech devices and social media for a day. You will be amazed at how many things can get sorted out in your mind when you devote your attention inward.
Start the year off right by finding what works to help quiet your thoughts. Remember that little actions can have big results, so start small and let your actions grow along with your growing feelings of peace and calm.
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