Finding inner peace in the modern world is a significant challenge.
Everything about modern society feels like an obstacle to experiencing peace of mind.
But there are ways to find and maintain inner peace.
If you are working 8 hours everyday, 5 days a week, you need to find balance and keep your sanity intact.
Inner peace is a choice, and many of your habits determine how much peace you experience in your daily life.
Balance is not only a thing you must achieve but should become a lifestyle.
To help, here are 9 ways to experience inner peace and enjoy life on a deeper, more satisfying level:
1. Focus your attention on those things you can control
Why worry about those things you can’t control? It sours your mood and makes you less capable.
Literally ask yourself, “Is this something I can control? Will worrying be beneficial in any way?
As a human being, you have to know which things are within your control. Anything beyond that can distract you and put stress in your life.
2. Spend time in nature
The original humans didn’t live in a 3-bedroom ranch and eat microwave popcorn.
Take a long walk in the park or spend a weekend camping. You’ll feel dramatically different compared to sitting in a building 24 hours every day.
There’s something peaceful about spending time among the birds and the trees.
3. Be true to yourself
Few things are more disconcerting than living a life you weren’t meant to live.
It continuously gnaws away at you. Live a life that’s congruent with your values.
It’s too easy to allow society dictate your choices.
You don’t have to spend your life on a career that’s impressive to others. You don’t have to chase after a fancy house.
Make your own decisions about what’s most important to you.
4. Mind What you Eat
You might not realize how bad you feel because you’re so used to it.
Try eating the way you know you should for just a week. Note the change in how you feel. Research foods that can improve memory, increase focus and help make you feel good about yourself.
Now try eating some junk food and see what happens to your mood and your overall sense of well-being. You’ll feel like you’ve been run over by truck. Say no to junk foods and sodas.
5. Exercise on a regular basis
Have you ever noticed how great you feel as you’re walking out of the gym?
Exercise feels good, and you feel good about yourself for doing it.
Exercise is not only good for the body but also good for your brain.
6. Do Good Deeds
This is a great way to take your focus off of yourself.
When you do good deeds, you become more aware that others are struggling.
When you are kind, you receive kindness in return. You’ll also feel a sense of pride and satisfaction when you help someone else.
The golden rule says: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
7. Be assertive
Be open and forward with your needs and desires. You’re not only more likely to get what you want, but you’ll also feel more in control of your life.
Being passive results in having less control, which runs counter to inner peace. Be bold without being aggressive.
Don’t let others stand in your way, take full charge of your life. You are in control.
Meditation is calming.
Meditation helps you see life and its challenges more accurately.
Things are often better than they seem. Meditation can prevent your mind from making a situation seem worse than it really is.
If it seems that what you’re doing is stressing you out after hours of working, stop and meditate for a few moments and see the difference it does to your mind afterwards.
9. Avoid trying to change others
You’ll have as much success trying to change the weather as you do trying to change other people.
It’s hard enough to change yourself. How will you ever manage to change someone else?
It’s important to take care of yourself mentally and physically.
Eat properly, exercise, and be true to yourself. There’s no need to please other people. Be assertive and take control of your life. Avoid chasing after those things that society has determined to be important.
All the accomplishments in the world can’t replace inner peace.
Decide for yourself and live the life you were meant to live.
Stacy Brookman is a Resilience and Life Storytelling Expert and produces the Real Life Resilience podcast.
She helps smart, outwardly confident women who secretly have low self-esteem issues due to an emotionally abusive partner to take back control and begin to develop the resilience they need to be themselves again. Her free monthly webinar will give you 4 Simple, Proven Methods to Writing the First Chapter of Your Life Story in Just 7 Days.
Life is a story…it’s never too late to start telling yours.