The demands of our work and personal responsibilities can feel overwhelming sometimes. Meditation and physical exercise are two great things to combat modern stress. But there are many other things we can do to achieve inner peace. Below are some practical ways you can remain calm amid the chaos:
1. Step away
Unplug, disconnect and step away from your routine – if only for a little while. The way you keep in touch with others can be what’s keeping you out of touch with you. Shut the lid to your computer’s laptop and power down your smartphone. Take a few minutes to consider nothingness and then feel your mind fill up with new found clarity.
2. Find fresh air
There is a world full of brilliant, fresh smells. The crispness of a gentle breeze, the fragrance of fresh-cut grass, and the aroma of lilacs, azaleas and honeysuckle wait for your pleasure. Open the door and breathe in fresh air that is powerful enough to recharge your spirit.
3. Hit reset
It isn’t the reset button has stopped working; it may be you have stopped looking for it. When things seem overwhelming, reach into the middle of the chaos and allow your faith to find it. You find it by asking for clarification when you lack understanding; you find it by asking others to go a little slower and you find the reset button by acknowledging when you need a little help. Hitting the reset button is not a sign of weakness; it’s a sign of the amazing power you have over your life.
Taking a moment to see the brighter side can reinvigorate your mind and soul. Smile at the slow-moving checkout lines; smile at the rude store clerk and smile at yourself when a mistake is made. Laughter, along with your smile, brings serenity to even the most stressful situation.
5. Trust your inner wisdom
When you hear your inner wisdom, your inner voice, speak to you, it may be a good idea to listen. Your inner wisdom knows you better than anyone. It knows when you feel tired, discouraged and impatient. When it says, “slow down,” respect what you hear. Your inner wisdom will take you to serenity when you trust enough to follow it.
6. Forgive yourself
Being angry is exhausting. Anger takes energy and time. When you make a mistake, acknowledge it, own it and then forgive yourself. Regret hurts your soul; but forgiveness frees it. And in the freedom, serenity is waiting.
7. Create a Blessings list
Finding time to recognize the blessings in your life is an opportunity to focus on the positive. Find a quiet place, grab paper and pen and write down the wonderful things, the blessings, in your life. When you are finished, absorb the words and allow their goodness to take you to place of indescribable bliss.
8. Remember…no one is perfect.
Life isn’t about getting it right all of the time; it’s about making the most of the time you have to live it. Perfection breeds anxiety. Let go of the notion you have to do more to be perfect and embrace the truth you are perfect just the way you are. When you do, a peaceful calm will meet you right where you are.
9. Be grateful
Rather than focusing on what you don’t have, be grateful for what you do have. By living in a grateful state you are opening channels that will lead you to finding serenity in not just the extraordinary things, but in the ordinary things as well.
When your body is worn-down and tired, your mind and spirit will quickly follow. Put good things in your body, exercise, and pay attention to the aches and pains. Make your body strong so your soul will be well.
11. Step into nature
Stepping into nature can be a bridge from stress and to serenity. There is a simple tranquility about being outside. The noise dissipates and the air feels cleaner. Nature provides a natural decompression chamber that will return your body to a state of peace.
Sleep is the wild card in finding serenity. Without adequate sleep, fatigue, anxiety and depression can feel overwhelming. But with ample sleep, you have a better chance, a fighting chance, for clarity to guide you.
13. Celebrate small victories
Take time to celebrate each victory – no matter its size. If you on a diet and refrain from eating a desert; celebrate that. If you worked through your day’s to-do list; celebrate that. If you made it to the gym; celebrate that. Small victories create self-confidence and self-confidence creates self-love and love creates serenity.
14. Learn to say no
It’s difficult sustaining the habit of being all things to all people. When you do, you leave little for yourself. Saying “no,” is setting a boundary that is reasonable, and healthy. Saying “no,” gives you an opportunity to say “yes,” to your need for peace, happiness and serenity.