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5 Ways To Cultivate Inner Peace

5 Ways To Cultivate Inner Peace

Over the past week, I’ve been fortunate enough to experience frequent moments of deep peace while walking my dog, running errands, and in particular, talking to strangers. One thing I’ve come to learn is that peace comes from within. This means you have total control over how much peace you experience and attract into your life.

Peace is a feeling, experience, and way of being. It can’t be bought or sold. It can’t be forced on you or taken away from you. Peace is yours to be experienced no matter what is going on around you, no matter where you are, and no matter what you own. Peace lives in our hearts and is our natural state of being. Sometimes we just need to go back inside to find it again.

The key to experiencing more peace in your life is to create a mindset and lifestyle that eliminates fear and allows peace to easily enter anytime. Here are five mindsets and tools you can use to bring about more inner peace to your life.

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1. Peace is the knowing you are always loved and supported

Peace comes from the inner knowing you are never alone and are always loved and supported. Whether this is felt through your family, friends or your perception of god, knowing you will always be looked after removes fear of security and excess worry.

A good way to reinforce this mindset is to take note of three to four challenging events you experienced, while having no idea at the time how to overcome them. Then list what support and miracles arrived that allowed you to move forward and arrive at where you are today.

2. Peace is believing the world is for you and not against you

You either choose to believe that the world is for you and supports you or you believe the world is against you and live your life in resistance. You either trust the flow of life or fight against it through control and fear. By believing the world is for you, you not only attract more positive situations into your life, you also know during every challenge there is a big light at the end of the tunnel.

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Being grateful for what you ‘do have’ on a daily basis, rather than being consumed with what you ‘don’t have’ shifts your reality into a more positive experience. Taking back your power in this way brings a a greater sense of peace and trust into your life.

3. Peace comes from the realization you are more than your mind

Studies reveal the human mind has up to 70,000 thoughts per day, with 70% of them being negative. Basing our reality, happiness, and sense of peace purely on our thoughts sets us up for stress, worry, and feeling unfulfilled. Connecting to deeper parts of yourself such as your heart and intuition can provide a more peaceful sense of reality. It also allows you to stand back from your thoughts and take action to cultivate more positive and useful ones.

As your breath is directly linked to your mind, the fastest way to tame fear-based thoughts is by slowing down your breath.

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4. Peace comes from connecting to the deepest part of yourself

As peace comes from within, it can be felt more strongly when you connect to your true self through your inner guidance system. Your inner guidance system is forever trusting and ever knowing everything is exactly as it should be. It understands you are on a journey collecting experiences of both challenges and joy along the way. It doesn’t show fear or have worry without faith. It holds trust and surrenders to the flow of life.

Aligning to this part of you not only brings about increased states of peace in daily life, it can also draw you to more peaceful situations and people.

5. Peace comes when you stand still

Peace is your true nature, your prayer, the language of your heart, your purpose, and your destiny. Clearing away whatever is in the way of you connecting to this part of you, will be bring a deep sense of peace to the surface and become your focus. Meditating, taking silent walks in nature, and being totally present during an awe inspiring sunset are all ways to engage with peace.

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Stand still, so the peace can find you.

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Last Updated on October 15, 2018

Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Extremely Tired And How to Fix It

“Why am I so tired?” is a question that people ask themselves pretty frequently. Everyone gets tired at one point or another, particularly after something like an illness, a long night up with a sick child, or a busy week at work. When tiredness is persistent, however — when you feel tired as soon as you wake up in morning or when sleep doesn’t seem to help, no matter how much rest you get— it may often indicate a deeper, underlying problem.

While there are a lot of possible reasons for tiredness, here’re some of the most common causes of fatigue:

1. Dehydration

If you want to boost your energy levels, first check whether you are dehydrated. The human brain is 85% water, and needs to maintain this level in order to perform its essential functions.

If you fail to drink enough water, the brain extracts fluids from your blood to compensate for the deficit. As a result, the oxygen levels in your blood drop, reducing the amount of energising oxygen available to your organs and tissues. Fatigue and sleepiness set in rapidly, leaving you more vulnerable to the 2 pm post-lunch crash that many of us experience.

You cannot cure this crash with caffeine – the only long-term, effective solution is to drink hydrating fluids throughout the day.

2. Lack Of Exercise

A workout will surely leave you feeling even more tired, right? Wrong! As counterintuitive as it may sound, physical activities have an energizing effect. Moving your body releases endorphins, increases your heart rate, and boosts your concentration.

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Try to fit in at least 30 minutes of medium-intensity exercise every day. It’s easiest if you can make this part of our everyday routine, either as soon as you wake up or right after work.

3. A Poor Diet

The food you eat has a direct impact on sleep quality and the amount of rest you get every night. For maximum energy, stick to protein, slow-release carbohydrates, and a moderate amount of healthy (unsaturated) fats. The majority of your food should be plant-based, high in fiber, and low in sugar. These choices will prevent blood sugar fluctuations, which can leave you feeling exhausted.

An easy way to make sure you stick to a good diet is through meal preparation. It’s easy to just get take-out when you’re tired after work, but if you have a meal ready for you in the fridge, you’ll be less tempted by pizza or cheese.

Find out more about healthy meal prep here: 10 Meal Planning Apps You Need To Have To Get Healthier Easily

4. Skipping Breakfast

Physician Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan advises that eating breakfast is key to maintaining a good level of energy throughout the day. When you eat breakfast, you are sending calming signals to the areas of the brain responsible for avoiding danger, along with those that instruct the body to conserve as much energy as possible.

Ingesting food signals to your brain that there is enough food available to ensure our survival. This encourages it to stay relaxed, which in turn, promotes restful sleep.

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Some great ideas for a healthy, filling, and make-ahead breakfasts include overnight oats, smoothies, and freezer-friendly breakfast burritos.

Or if meal-prepping isn’t your think, stock up on easy but healthy breakfast foods like multigrain cereal, yogurt, and fruit: 20 Healthy Breakfast Choices That Will Save You Time

5. Poor Quality Of Sleep

We all know that it’s important to wind down a couple of hours before bed. But did you know that it’s what you do throughout the day that promotes good-quality sleep? It’s not just about the number of hours you sleep, but how restful and deep that sleep is.

TO feel rested, try to regulate your everyday routine to make your sleep deeper and better. Get up at a regular time in the morning to ensure that you get regular sunlight.

Eat nutritious foods in moderate amounts, and make sure you stay hydrated. Go to bed at the same time. And before bedtime, avoid screens that can give off harmful blue light and also keep you stimulated when you need to prepare for a restful night.

Read more about how to develop a routine that will get you better sleep: Poor Sleep Quality Comes from All the Things You Do Since Morning

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6. Sleep Apnea (A Person’s Airways Get Blocked off While They Are Asleep)

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder where a person’s airways get blocked off while they are asleep, causing their oxygen levels to drop while they are asleep. This often causes people to stop breathing at night and then to jerk themselves awake (this can happen over 30 times an hour).

Because of this, people with sleep apnea can feel short of breath and have low energy levels. Mouthpieces and other devices to aid in breathing as well as the use of a special breathing machine to keep oxygen levels in a safe zone.

If you feel tired all the time and think you might have sleep apnea, consulting with a doctor is important. Do a sleep study, as this can often reveal if there is an underlying problem causing your tiredness — and once a diagnosis is made, treatment to help you get your energy back begins.

7. Depression

Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the United States (and in many other countries of the world as well). It is marked by persistent feelings of sadness or unhappiness but has physical symptoms, too. Apart from fatigue, people may also experience changes in sleeping and eating habits and difficulty concentrating.

Treatment can often center on anti-depressants, counselling and lifestyle changes like stress management to help manage this condition. You can take a look at these 15 Ways To Overcome Depression And Sadness.

Many people also benefit from activities like yoga and meditation, which help regulate both the body and mind.

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8. Hypothyroidism

If a person has hypothyroidism, their thyroid gland does not produce adequate levels of these important hormones— and the result can be a persistent and unrelenting fatigue, even if someone is getting enough sleep. Other common symptoms of this disorder include mood swings, weight gain and feeling cold all the time.

Fortunately, simple blood work can reveal if there is a problem and it can be treated with artificial thyroid hormone pills like Synthroid. Check here for signs of having a thyroid problem. If you suspect that you might have hypothyroidism, talk to your doctor.

9. Anemia

People with anemia are not able to make enough red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout the their bodies. This is often due to a lack of nutrients like iron or B-12 and can be caused by problems such as heavy periods, bleeding in the digestive tract or pregnancy (due to the increased demands of the growing baby).

However, in most cases, this can be resolved with treatments like changes in diet, iron supplements or B-12 shots.

While here are some drinks you can try to relieve symptoms of Anemia, it’s best to do a blood test and consult your doctor in case of any hidden medical conditions.

10. Cancer

While you shouldn’t be freaking out about cancer just because you are tired, it is a fact that fatigue is one of the symptoms of cancer. Other common symptoms can include unexplained weight loss and the presence of palpable lumps or growths. This disease is marked by the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells that can do damage to surround tissues and possibly spread to other parts of the body.

Diagnosis is usually by biopsy and treatment often focusses on radiation, chemotherapy or surgery— and generally when a diagnosis is made early, the outcomes for the patient are better.

Featured photo credit: Lily Banse via unsplash.com

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