9 Ways to Achieve a Peaceful Mind
What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of peace? The lack of conflict, violence, or war? Have clear thoughts with no worries or fear? I like to think of peace as a state of mind where you are at rest with yourself and the world around you, and it’s easier said than done! There are 9 ways to achieve a peaceful mind and in this article, I’ll share some ways that have worked for me.
1) Lighten Up
You’re probably familiar with how meditation can help you relax, and that’s because it affects your autonomic nervous system. It slows down your heart rate and decreases blood pressure, which allows oxygen and nutrients to better reach your brain. But did you know mindfulness practices can also reduce stress-related pain? In fact, they work just as well as medication in combating certain chronic conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, hypertension and headaches. Meditation is not only an effective treatment but also a great prevention tool—and science is proving it! Click here for our step-by-step guide on how to meditate.
2) Stay away from negative people
Negative people suck your energy away like a giant vacuum. When you’re around negative people, it’s hard to think positive thoughts. And once you start thinking negatively, it’s hard to break that mindset. By limiting contact with negative people, you can keep yourself in a happy frame of mind and remain positive at all times. Create time for reflection: You have no idea how much time you spend watching TV each day or updating your Facebook status; stop wasting so much time! Make time each day for quiet reflection and meditation—you don’t need to be an expert at either activity; just make sure you carve out 30 minutes for each activity every day and do them regularly.
3) Set goals
Every goal needs a reason, and every reason needs a deadline. Take some time to think about what you want your goals to be; why do you want them? Then take some time again, and plan out how long it will take you to achieve them—and stick with that timeframe. The longer your goals are in place, the more likely they are not only to happen but also have an impact on your life. After all, most of us make decisions today based on our plans for tomorrow (or next week or next month), so if we set our sights really high—as high as we can realistically reach at least—it’s more likely we’ll move closer toward achieving them.
4) Avoid negative thoughts by focusing on what is important
By taking time each day to think about what is important in your life, you’ll be less likely to focus on what could go wrong. It might help to jot down your top three priorities each morning and try to reflect on them throughout your day. At night, make sure you reflect on how you went about achieving those goals and whether there was anything you could have done better. If negative thoughts do pop up, write them down—but then try not to dwell on them. Instead, remember that by doing so, you’re becoming an expert at managing your emotions!
5) Look for the positive in everything
No matter what is going on in your life, you can always find something positive. For example, if you lose your job, look for new opportunities. You just might be surprised by how many other opportunities are out there and how quickly they come your way. Start with yourself: What brings you peace? What gives you joy? Even if it’s something as simple as taking long walks or listening to music, get those things into your daily life and watch your stress levels drop right away. Connect with others: When you’re feeling stressed or even downright depressed, connecting with others who understand what you’re going through can go a long way toward helping bring balance back into your life and making things seem better than they might seem at first glance.
6) Get Physical
A 2010 study in Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback shows that exercise is effective at helping people who suffer from anxiety. It also discusses how aerobic exercise helps relieve stress, which is essential for achieving a peaceful mind. Exercise not only releases endorphins (the body’s natural feel-good chemicals), but it can help make your mood more positive by keeping you active and improving your outlook on life. If you aren’t one for running or working out, there are still ways to stay active. Go for walks or take short bike rides around your neighborhood; these simple exercises have been shown to have significant benefits on people’s moods and overall well-being.
7) Reap what you sow
It’s easy to be peaceful when everything is going well. But what about when you have challenges? How do you handle stress and negativity? Do you run from it, or face it head-on? Cultivating your inner peace doesn’t happen overnight. Rather, it takes time—and commitment—to improve your emotional health, resilience, and resolve. Here are some things you can do every day to help develop that peaceful mind
8) Don’t sweat the small stuff
It’s important not to dwell on every little thing that goes wrong or causes you stress. These annoyances can seem huge in our minds, but they are usually very small and fixable problems. For example, maybe your neighbor starts playing music too loudly—it may drive you crazy at first, but try not to let it get into your head too much. When confronted with a problem like this, have patience and ask yourself what will happen if you don’t act quickly or confront your neighbor about it? Probably nothing—the noise will stop soon enough. This is how people cope with everyday stressors; by thinking through their reaction and keeping themselves calm instead of burning energy through worry and frustration.
9) Change your perspective
When things go wrong, we have a tendency to dig in our heels and focus on all that’s going wrong. Instead, take your perspective elsewhere. Maybe you don’t see what you want at home or at work but there are other opportunities out there waiting for you to see them. Keeping an open mind can help us gain perspective on what needs to be done and how we should approach it. Being able to see from someone else’s point of view can help as well. You may even realize that some of those problems aren’t really problems at all… just challenges or experiences that, with time and perspective, can make you stronger and more capable of handling future situations.
Intensely focusing on achieving a specific goal, whether it’s finishing your work by the end of the day or working out after your workday, can leave you feeling stressed and exhausted once you finally achieve that goal. In order to truly achieve peace of mind, you need to stop worrying about achieving your goals and instead focus on achieving your inner peace. Here are 9 ways to achieve a peaceful mind so that you can relax and live in the moment, rather than constantly worrying about what tomorrow will bring.