Finding inner peace is extremely important these days. More and more people are suffering from higher levels of anxiety, depression, and stress than ever before. The CDC says that the prevalence of anxiety disorder were three times higher in June of this year, 2020 than in 2019. It also said that depressive disorder was approximately four times higher in the same time-frame.
Obviously, we were hit with COVID-19, but in this day in age, you can probably count on other stressors continuing to appear. Whether on a global scale or in our personal lives. For this reason, it is extremely important that we work on finding inner peace. It is our internal well-being, something that we control, that will determine our joy and fulfillment. Here are 8 smart strategies to find inner peace.
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Finding Inner Peace
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1 – Stop Sweating The Small Stuff To Find Inner Peace
We have too many big things to worry about than to sweat the small stuff. Don’t pile on your stress by letting little things get to you. Learning to differentiate between small annoyances and things that really matter will help you in finding inner peace. Someone cutting you off in traffic, your kid not cleaning their room on time, a coworker making a snide remark are small annoyances. A major health issue, losing a job, not being able to pay your bills are major issues that require your time, energy, and attention. Not some Joe schmo who didn’t thank you for holding the door for them.
A great way to put things into perspective is to create a scale from one to ten. One is a very small annoyance, and ten is life-changing. When something happens in the day that bothers you, give it a number on that scale. Anything five and below, let it go.
2 – Stop People Pleasing
Nothing will keep you from finding inner peace more than people pleasing. People pleasers have no time for themselves, they have low energy, and people are more likely to take advantage of them. All of these wreak havoc on your inner peace, so stop people pleasing. Set boundaries, and start saying “no” more often. Cultivate internal value instead of finding your value through others. Be assertive and stop trying to be everyone’s savior. If you cannot break the people pleasing habit, then you will never be at peace. You’ll be at the mercy of everyone and everything.
3 – Stop Being a Perfectionist
Stop expecting to be perfect at everything you do. It’s impossible, no matter how hard you try. Everyone has flaws, everyone messes up, and you are no different. Allow yourself to improve over time instead of expecting to get it right out the gate.
4 – Unplug To Find Inner Peace
Finding inner peace can be as easy as flipping a switch. Spend at least 30 minutes a day unplugged from technology. Turn off your phone, computer, and TV. Spend that time reflecting or spending time with your family. Try not to give thought to social media or what is going on in the news. Give your mind a break from the constant stream of information you’ve been getting throughout the day.
5 – Mediate or Sit Quietly
There is power and healing in doing absolutely nothing. Finding inner peace comes much easier in the quiet. Spend at least 15 minutes a day in peace and quiet to sit or meditate. While you do this, it’s very important to refrain from thinking about your worries. Be in the moment, listen to your breathing, and reconnect with your body.
6 – Finding Inner Peace Can Come From Walking Away
You don’t always have to solve all of your problems right away. Sometimes it’s better to let things go and come back to it later. Especially when you are feeling overwhelmed. Just say to yourself, “I am not going to focus on this right now, I’ll come back to it tomorrow.” It can be tomorrow, it can be next week, next month, or even in an hour. Just by postponing, however, you give yourself an opportunity for inner peace. When you come back to it at the time you specified, you’ll be better able to mentally handle the situation.
7 – Declutter
I don’t know about you, but when things are cluttered around me, my mind feels cluttered. I am never really at peace when my things are in disarray. Just something as simple as keeping your car, workspace, and living space organized will go a long way in finding inner peace. To help with this, we use a system created by author and founder of CleanMama.com, Becky Rapinchuk. My wife loves her book Simply Clean and she uses a cleaning and organization system that makes a HUGE difference in the upkeep of our home, even with the two crazy toddlers we have running around. Keep things organized and clean in your life.
8 – Recognize What You Can and Cannot Control
Stop letting things you can’t control steal your inner peace. It will always be a losing battle if you burden yourself with things you have absolutely no power over. Save yourself stress, anxiety, and frustration by giving up control. Focus more of your attention on the things you can control. Ask yourself, “Can I do anything about this situation?” If the answer is no, then let it go.
Now more than ever, we need to focus on inner peace. The world will continue to be chaotic and stressful but our internal health doesn’t have to be. Focus on these 8 strategies when working towards finding inner peace. Stop sweating the small stuff, stop people pleasing, stop being a perfectionist, and unplug. You can also meditate or sit quietly every day, walk away if you have to, declutter, and recognize what you can and cannot control.
Isn’t it time you work on finding inner peace? Tell me why or why not in the comments below.