We all go through periods of time where we may feel like a conductor on the Hot Mess Express. In those moments of overwhelm and stress, it’s important to be able to regroup and find your inner peace - even if the world around you seems to be anything but peaceful.
What is Inner Peace? Why is it important?
Inner peace is defined as a state of calmness despite the presence of chaos. It helps us remain focused, stay on track with our goals, and keep energy levels high. Having a sense of inner peace doesn’t mean there are no stressors in your life; only that you’ve accepted them for what they are and are choosing to remain positive.
Finding your inner peace doesn’t come naturally, it requires you to actively practice finding it. The way in which you search for it is entirely up to you, but here are some practices to help get you started.
Change the Narrative
It is believed that the energy you put out into “the Universe” is the energy you will receive in return. This is often why, “when it rains, it pours.” It’s completely normal to get in a funk and feel like nothing is going your way...but you can’t unpack and live there. So when you feel like you’re sinking, simply just keep swimming. Little waves can still make a difference.
Getting thoughts on paper can be a very therapeutic process, which is why many people turn to journaling to achieve mental peace. Journaling doesn’t need to be traditional in a sense of words and paragraphs — it can be song lyrics in a notebook, art in a sketchbook, or poetry in a binder. You can also create a gratitude journal to provide yourself with affirmations or reminders of things to be grateful for. When you have a positive attitude and make it a point to find the good, you’ll see there’s more of it than you think.
Find an Outlet
Whether it’s reading, working out, or practicing mindfulness exercises, doing something that you enjoy lets your brain disconnect from any unwanted feelings of stress that are getting in the way of your inner peace. So when you’re feeling a burnout coming on, schedule some time to try something new or participate in an activity that truly brings you joy.
Detox from Social Media
A big enemy of inner peace is comparing where you are to where everyone else is. Endlessly scrolling through social media applications can invite comparisons if you don’t have a sense of inner peace. In times when you are feeling low, do yourself a favor and take a break from social media.
Self-care looks different on everyone but its necessity is universal. Self-care doesn’t need to always be big grand gestures like a day at the spa or purchasing a brand-new wardrobe. It can be simple things that only require mere moments throughout your day, like taking a multivitamin, turning off your cell phone, or taking a nap. There’s no right or wrong way to practice self-care, as long as it grounds you where you need to be.