Today we will be talking through practices and techniques for finding inner peace.
The quest for inner peace in this chaotic world is a noble one.
By finding peace within ourselves, we make it easier to navigate the turmoil of others, whether it’s society or dealing with an uncertain future.
It’s much easier to cope with these external stressors when you have peace within yourself.
You become more in tune with who you are, better understand what is right and wrong for you, and can go with the flow of existence much more easily.
Life can be truly hectic, and stressful, even chaotic if we don’t stop now to take a few minutes for ourselves.
With the advancement of technology, our work and lives were supposed to get easier, but it has gotten busier than ever before.
People are having a hard time managing themselves in these stressful times. You have to learn how to find your inner peace in this chaotic world because balance creates consistency.
Initially, technology would allow us to get the same amount of work done in half the time. That idea went out the window once we realised, we could now get twice the chore (or more) wiped out an equivalent time. We tend to juggle things, and our mindsets are getting as much work in 24 hours.
“You can find peace amidst the storms that threaten you.” – Joseph B. Wirthlin
Now our world has become so fast-paced that it’s hard to keep up. If you do not stop the chaos, you’ll begin to feel as if your life is descending into a chaotic jumble.
Luckily, there are ways to affect these overwhelming feelings and put some order back into your life.
Here are 15 tips that we have put together to achieve inner peace:
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Make inner peace a priority
Sounds easier said than done, doesn’t it?
Yet there’s truth to this simple step.
If we make the choice of inner peace and happiness a top priority, then it becomes an easier choice to make.
Think about it: if you make family a priority over work, then if you have to choose between the two, you’re more likely to choose family first.
If you choose video games over work, you’ll probably find yourself fired because you’re staying home to play instead of going to work to get paid.
If you’re choosing stress over happiness, even unconsciously, then this is what you’re going to find more often in your life.
How do you make inner peace a priority?
If you like making lists, then put inner peace as the top item on your agenda.
If you tend to internalise things, then commit to making inner peace your top priority.
Having a network of trusted family and friends to help you here is also beneficial, especially in the first 2-3 weeks of making inner peace a top priority.
It is easy to slip into old habits and not realise it.
Having people keep you accountable to your decisions will help to establish positive habits which can lead to happiness.
Identify that which disturbs you
That seems like an obvious, unhelpful point, doesn’t it?
The crucial element is the details of the statement.
What is it that disturbs your peace of mind? And why does it disturb you?
You need to identify and specify what the problem is before you can fix it.
As an example, let’s say that you have problems with your family that cause you regular stress, sadness, and pain.
Why? Why are those interactions causing you stress, sadness, and pain?
Are your family toxic people?
Did your family experience a terrible loss that is causing them to act differently than they did?
Is there unresolved trauma or pain that isn’t getting dealt with?
What is making you upset? Anxious? Sad? What is disturbing your peace?
Journaling is a fantastic way to get these emotions out and put them into an understandable format.
Fix what is fixable
There are some things we can control, and some things we cannot.
We often do not have control over what we experience in life. Sometimes these things are harsh and traumatic. Other times they are small and benign.
As for working on those problems that disturb your peace of mind, you need to be able to separate what you can control from what you cannot.
You cannot control the life experiences that will visit you. You cannot control the actions and emotions of other people.
You can try, but it usually only ends in resentment and frustration for everyone involved. No one wants to be controlled.
Instead, you have to focus on developing your ability to control the emotions surrounding the thing that is causing you distress.
In doing that, you make their impact smaller, which disturbs your inner peace less.
The process is more complicated when you have a mental illness that might be changing or amplifying what you feel and how you interpret the world.
In that scenario, you may need additional help from mental health professionals to limit those extremes.
Act in a right and just way as often as you can
It’s tempting to take the easiest roads when you’re trying to navigate life.
But those easy roads may not be the right roads to take. They may lead down a path of dishonesty or taking the easy out to avoid present pain and suffering.
Unfortunately, this can cause future pain and suffering as you have to sweep up the pieces of whatever broke by choosing to take the wrong path.
Deception is a tangled mess that’s nearly impossible to keep straight. The person eventually slips up, says the wrong thing, reveals the mistruth, and then it undermines their own credibility.
Needing to keep up with and continue to work around wrong actions is mentally and emotionally exhausting.
You may expose yourself to some present strife by trying to act in a right, and just way, but the long-term payoff is so much better.
You need not worry about the future repercussions of your actions if you are striving to do things in a right way.
There is an exception. You do what you need to do if you feel that your safety is at stake.
Acceptance and control
Are you fighting on a daily basis to control everything in your life including those aspects which are impossible to do so?
You can’t control how your partner might react to the news that you have to work late, the friends that your children talk to at school or mortgage interest rates.
Learn to separate what you can control from what you can’t.
Use your energy to focus on the aspects in your life that you have a degree of control over but remember that as much as you can try for a certain outcome, it doesn’t necessarily mean a situation will turn out that way.
Recognise situations that you are unable to change or control and work towards accepting these. This can bring a significant sense of relief and peace to you even if you aren’t particularly happy about the outcome.
For example, you may be struggling with the behaviour of someone in your life. If their behaviour cannot be changed or they cannot be compromised with, then work on accepting that this is who they are instead of fighting with them.
Acceptance does not mean that you approve of that behaviour or that you will even allow the behaviour into your life, it just means that you find a sense of peace with it.
Acceptance is not always easy and it might take some practice but it is fundamental to your wellbeing.
Learn how to forgive
It’s easy to carry a chip on one’s shoulder. Sometimes those chips even define who we become as a person.
The only problem is that each chip we add contributes to the burdens we bear every day.
Eventually these burdens can become overpowering and we lose who we are. It’s not easy to forgive people who have purposely wronged you.
The most difficult person to forgive, however, is yourself.
Learning how to forgive means learning to let go of past regrets. The past is history. It doesn’t have to become your future.
This doesn’t mean you simply forget about your regrets. It doesn’t mean you instantly trust others who may have tried to use you for their own best interests either.
It simply means that you take those chips off of your shoulder and you keep chasing your dreams.
Mistakes can cause personal pain. Regrets can turn into grief and heartbreak.
If you need to make things right with someone, then do so. Life is too short as it is anyway.
Don’t hold on to resentment. You’ll find that if you do, chaos and discontent are following close behind.
Knowing how to find inner peace means forgiving yourself. Stop being your worst critic.
Leave comparison at the door
Comparison really is the thief of your happiness and negatively affects your self-worth.
Try not to compare your capabilities to other people’s abilities, focus on what you can do. This takes practice and mental reminders to avoid.
All you can give is your best, don’t be deterred from trying because to you it may appear like your best is different.
Find a place where your best is welcomed and appreciated. It may be hard to find but you’ll get there.
Lay off the criticism
some criticism is good if not hard to take sometimes. Over criticism is unnecessary, try not to over criticise yourself and others.
I like to say “I am learning and growing everyday” it helps bring me back to centre when I get too in my own head.
You can’t let that voice control your actions I’ve found. Making decisions based on fear of repercussions isn’t helpful.
When the nagging starts you have to change your mindset. The sooner you stop listening to that nagging negative unnecessary opinion the better your mental state will be.
Let things happen rather than making them happen
It is important to recognise that some of your desires are about how you think your life should be, rather than how it is now.
We’re all constantly trying to figure the world out, rather than letting the world unfold by itself.
For example, some things in life that involve you wanting it to happen rather than allowing it to happen include wanting to go to sleep, rather than going to sleep.
Wanting to be happy, rather than allowing yourself to be happy. Wanting to be peaceful, rather than allowing yourself to feel peaceful.
Try to start to let go of your desires of wanting things to be a certain way, and instead simply relax and allow things to happen.
Be comfortable in your own skin
Learning to be comfortable in your own skin is one of the most important things to learn in life because it has such a significant impact on your well-being.
By learning to accept yourself it will not only improve your life, it will help improve the lives of all those around you.
The relationship you have with yourself is the most important relationship you have, so accept your flaws and recognise that no one is perfect.
Love yourself on the good days and love yourself on the bad days. If you practise this regularly, you will feel much happier and more peaceful within yourself.
Stop worrying about what other people think
Many of us want to be liked and accepted by others, but we spend too much time and energy worrying about what other people think, which can result in us feeling unworthy.
The root of the problem of worrying about what other people think of you, is that you cannot control what people say, do, and think about you.
The key to help you stop worrying about what other people think, is to feel more self-love and self-acceptance from within.
When you start living from a place of genuine love and acceptance, you will learn that what other people do, say and think about you has nothing to do with you, it’s all to do with them.
If you don’t like what they have to say about you, you can walk away knowing you are being true to yourself.
Have an open mind
When you have firm beliefs and ideas about something and someone opposes or questions, you might start to feel agitated, uncomfortable, and maybe even angry at the individual with different ideas and beliefs to your own.
Yet if you live with an open mind, you would feel at ease hearing about different ideas and beliefs, and you may even start to understand and embrace the differences, helping you to feel more peaceful towards yourself and others.
Anything you do, do it mindfully
Eat mindfully, walk mindfully, breathe mindfully, smell mindful. Yes, it’s a wellness buzzword – but it makes more sense when broken down into common sense practice.
Put simply, mindfulness is reconnecting yourself with your senses.
I can’t explain how much this practice has changed my life. When you’re mindful your life will transform massively.
By living in the present moment, you become at peace with your past thoughts and illusions made up in your mind.
Observe your thoughts, become at peace with them, take away the emotional attachment.
When you find your mind wandering, revert back to the present moment.
The more you live in the present moment, the mind quickly loses control over you. The mind is a tool that should be working for you, not controlling you.
This takes a lot of practice, as your mind has spent so many years in control. The mind has been projecting its illusions on you all your life.
Purchase a book, research it on YouTube.
The Mindfulness practice is life changing when used consistently and persistently!
Studies show that even a single meditation session can reduce stress meaning this is a practice that can be used right now if you are feeling completely stressed out.
Regular meditation will obviously have more benefits so aim for between 10 and 30 mins as many times as a week as you can.
This helps you become at peace with your thoughts, and also mindful meditation helps you stay in the present moment.
There are many free videos on the internet to guide you if this is unfamiliar territory. I think this is a good one for beginners.
Try to meditate before breakfast, if not, then late afternoon/early evening is a good time to do it.
Meditation will seem like a chore at first, but the more you practice, it will become more of an enjoyable experience that you will look forward to.
Be thankful for all the things available to you. It is understandable that you aren’t satisfied with what you have and so you aim to achieve much more.
However, in the process, we forget to be thankful for the things we already have or have been given to us.
Gratitude helps you recognise all the things you have to be thankful for. Whether you’re grateful for a sunny day or thankful you arrived at work safely, think about all the good things you have in life.
Gratitude also reminds you of all of the resources you have to cope with stress, which can be quite empowering.
Studies also show grateful people enjoy better mental health, lower stress and anxiety, and a better quality of life.
So whether you decide to make it a habit to identify what you’re grateful for as you sit around the dinner table or you decide to write down three things you’re grateful for in a gratitude journal every day, make gratitude a regular habit.
Finding inner peace – Final thoughts
If all else fails, just remember to keep breathing.
The future is still a mystery. The gift of today might feel like it should be returned when everything seems chaotic, but every storm has a peaceful centre.
Find your way to that place with these tips and you’ll know how to find inner peace and happiness.
You can take control. You can choose happiness. You can be a light in the darkness that everyone can see.
It all starts with a willingness to find a way to bring calm to the chaos that is in your life.
I would love to hear your thoughts on what you are doing to change your life in the coming days and years!
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