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55 Ways to Make Peace of Mind Right Now

55 Ways to Make Peace of Mind Right Now

Do you need more effective ways to make peace of mind?

If not, you are in the minority, as most people live so stressed out that they have forgotten what peace of mind feels like.

I’m not joking.  American Psychological Association research suggests that 77% of people have physical symptoms associated with chronic stress. When chronic stress begins to manifest physical symptoms, peace of mind is a world away.

We need to get back to basics. Our top priority should be living with an abiding sense of inward calm. We need to learn what to do to consciously create peace of mind.

Toward this end, I’m offering the following list of ways to make inner peace quickly. I created the list myself and filled it with things you can do, inwardly and outwardly, that naturally bring peace of mind.

Everything on the list is simple and easy to do, although many of the items are psychologically profound and backed by research. Enjoy!

55 Ways to Get Peace of Mind Right Now

1. Breathe in four counts, hold your breath four counts, and exhale four counts. Repeat.

2. Take a pen and write out your thoughts until you go blank.

3. List three unrealistic expectations and let one of them go.

4. Accept that life is difficult.

5. Commit to putting forth your very best effort today, tomorrow, and forever.

6. Write down your top 3 greatest blessings in life.

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7. Tell a friend or loved one how much he or she means to you.

8. Sit on your porch, do nothing, and resolve to do it more often.

9. Give yourself permission to do nothing for a while.

10. Stare at clouds for a few minutes.

11. Float above your life in your mind’s eye.

12. Expand your physical vision to include the periphery, and just notice everything for a few minutes.

13. Give five bucks to a charity.

14. Imagine a protective bubble all around you.

15. Place your hand over your heart and feel it beat. Be glad to be alive.

16. Dry skin brush!

17. Make a choice to have a positive attitude, no matter what, for the rest of the day.

18. Be grateful that you don’t always get what you want.

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19. Think about what you would do with your life if you knew you’d never be rich.

20. Let your body do whatever it wants for a minute (nothing illegal, please).

21. Smell a fresh flower, deeply.

22. Listen to your inner critic as if you were best friends.

23. Notice where you are holding tension in your body, make it more tense, and then relax.

24. Tap on your upper check bone for a few seconds (either side).

25. Go outside and touch something 100% natural. Really feel the texture.

26. Look around you and quietly label each object you see. Realize how simple things really are.

27. Smile the goofiest smile in the world, imagining how you look.

28. Think of a difficult problem while listening to inner clown music.

29. Ground yourself. Imagine roots extending beneath your feet to the center of the earth. You are connected to the planet.

30. Hum a deep, slow hummmmmmm….

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31. Give yourself a scalp massage with all 10 fingers and really feel it.

32. Realize you will always possess your greatest personal strength.

33. Count from 10 backwards to 1, hearing an imaginary echo after each count.

34. Feel the bare earth beneath your feet and realize it is holding you.

35. Practice thought labeling: say to yourself, “I am having the thought….” Wait for a thought. Repeat. (This is my personal favorite peace of mind technique.)

36. Resolve to stop fixing other people.

37. Stop pretending you don’t care what other people think!

38. Decide to say no.

39. Decide to make others earn your trust.

40. Write a list of every problem that worries you. Then, filter out the ones that aren’t really your responsibility or under your control.

41. Hydrate (dehydration causes stress).

42. Choose to live within your means.

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43. Understand the difference between your wants and needs.

44. Sincerely apologize to (you know who).

45. Ponder the vastness of the universe and realize how small your troubles are.

46. Give up the pursuit of that quick fix for a challenging problem and commit to solving it at a deeper level.
 (46. Give up that get-rich-quick scheme, too.)

47. Spend some no-agenda time with a child.

48. Listen to white noise and notice how relaxing it is.

49. Write down the best piece of advice you have ever gotten and apply it.

50.  Brush your dog.

51. Close your eyes and allow the sunshine to warm your eyelids.

52. Give yourself the freedom to admit when you’re wrong.

53. Look at other people and realize they are people just like you — with their own hopes, dreams, fears, and struggles.

54. Accept that there will always be someone richer, smarter, and more X….

55. Decide to save money for the rest of your life.

Do you have a favorite peace of mind tip? Share it in the comments!

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13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

For the original article by Celestine: 13 Helping Points When Things Don’t Go Your Way

“We all have problems. The way we solve them is what makes us different.” ~Unknown

“It’s not stress that kills us, it is our reaction to it.” – Hans Selye

Have you ever experienced moments when things just don’t go your way? For example, losing your keys, accidentally spilling your drink, waking up late, missing your buses/trains, forgetting to bring your things, and so on?

You’re not alone. All of us, myself included, experience times when things don’t go as we expect.

Here is my guide on how to deal with daily setbacks.

1. Take a step back and evaluate

When something bad happens, take a step back and evaluate the situation. Some questions to ask yourself:

  1. What is the problem?
  2. Are you the only person facing this problem in the world today?
  3. How does this problem look like at an individual level? A national level? On a global scale?
  4. What’s the worst possible thing that can happen to you as a result of this?
  5. How is it going to impact your life in the next 1 year? 5 years? 10 years?

Doing this exercise is not to undermine the problem or disclaiming responsibility, but to consider different perspectives, so you can adopt the best approach for it. Most problems we encounter daily may seem like huge issues when they crop up, but most, if not all, don’t have much impact in our life beyond that day.

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2. Vent if you have to, but don’t linger on the problem

If you feel very frustrated and need to let off some steam, go ahead and do that. Talk to a friend, complain, crib about it, or scream at the top of your lungs if it makes you happy.

At the same time, don’t get caught up with venting. While venting may temporarily relieve yourself, it’s not going to solve the problem ultimately. You don’t want to be an energy vampire.

Vent if there’s a need to, but do it for 15 to 20 minutes. Then move on.

3. Realize there are others out there facing this too

Even though the situation may be frustrating, you’re not alone. Remember there are almost 7 billion people in the world today, and chances are that other people have faced the same thing before too. Knowing it’s not just you helps you to get out of a self-victimizing mindset.

4. Process your thoughts/emotions

Process your thoughts/emotions with any of the four methods:

  1. Journal. Write your unhappiness in a private diary or in your blog. It doesn’t have to be formal at all – it can be a brain dump on rough paper or new word document. Delete after you are done.
  2. Audio taping. Record yourself as you talk out what’s on your mind. Tools include tape recorder, your PC (Audacity is a freeware for recording/editing audio) and your mobile (most mobiles today have audio recording functions). You can even use your voice mail for this. Just talking helps you to gain awareness of your emotions. After recording, play back and listen to what you said. You might find it quite revealing.
  3. Meditation. At its simplest form, meditation is just sitting/lying still and observing your reality as it is – including your thoughts and emotions. Some think that it involves some complex mambo-jumbo, but it doesn’t.
  4. Talking to someone. Talking about it with someone helps you work through the issue. It also gets you an alternate viewpoint and consider it from a different angle.

5. Acknowledge your thoughts

Don’t resist your thoughts, but acknowledge them. This includes both positive and negative thoughts.

By acknowledging, I mean recognizing these thoughts exist. So if say, you have a thought that says, “Wow, I’m so stupid!”, acknowledge that. If you have a thought that says, “I can’t believe this is happening to me again”, acknowledge that as well.

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Know that acknowledging the thoughts doesn’t mean you agree with them. It’s simply recognizing the existence of said thoughts so that you can stop resisting yourself and focus on the situation on hand.

6. Give yourself a break

If you’re very stressed out by the situation, and the problem is not time sensitive, then give yourself a break. Take a walk, listen to some music, watch a movie, or get some sleep. When you’re done, you should feel a lot more revitalized to deal with the situation.

7. Uncover what you’re really upset about

A lot of times, the anger we feel isn’t about the world. You may start off feeling angry at someone or something, but at the depth of it, it’s anger toward yourself.

Uncover the root of your anger. I have written a five part anger management series on how to permanently overcome anger.

After that, ask yourself: How can you improve the situation? Go to Step #9, where you define your actionable steps. Our anger comes from not having control on the situation. Sitting there and feeling infuriated is not going to change the situation. The more action we take, the more we will regain control over the situation, the better we will feel.

8. See this as an obstacle to be overcome

As Helen Keller once said,

“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.”

Whatever you’re facing right now, see it as an obstacle to be overcome. In every worthy endeavor, there’ll always be countless obstacles that emerge along the way. These obstacles are what separate the people who make it, and those who don’t. If you’re able to push through and overcome them, you’ll emerge a stronger person than before. It’ll be harder for anything to get you down in the future.

9. Analyze the situation – Focus on actionable steps

In every setback, there are going to be things that can’t be reversed since they have already occurred. You want to focus on things that can still be changed (salvageable) vs. things that have already happened and can’t be changed. The only time the situation changes is when you take steps to improve it. Rather than cry over spilt milk, work through your situation:

  1. What’s the situation?
  2. What’s stressing you about this situation?
  3. What are the next steps that’ll help you resolve them?
  4. Take action on your next steps!

After you have identified your next steps, act on them. The key here is to focus on the actionable steps, not the inactionable steps. It’s about regaining control over the situation through direct action.

10. Identify how it occurred (so it won’t occur again next time)

A lot of times we react to our problems. The problem occurs, and we try to make the best out of what has happened within the context. While developing a healthy coping mechanism is important (which is what the other helping points are on), it’s also equally important, if not more, to understand how the problem arose. This way, you can work on preventing it from taking place next time, vs. dealing reactively with it.

Most of us probably think the problem is outside of our control, but reality is most of the times it’s fully preventable. It’s just a matter of how much responsibility you take over the problem.

For example, for someone who can’t get a cab for work in the morning, he/she may see the problem as a lack of cabs in the country, or bad luck. However, if you trace to the root of the problem, it’s probably more to do with (a) Having unrealistic expectations of the length of time to get a cab. He/she should budget more time for waiting for a cab next time. (b) Oversleeping, because he/she was too tired from working late the previous day. He/she should allocate enough time for rest next time. He/she should also pick up better time management skills, so as to finish work in lesser time.

11. Realize the situation can be a lot worse

No matter how bad the situation is, it can always be much worse. A plus point vs. negative point analysis will help you realize that.

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12. Do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it

No matter how bad your situation may seem, do your best, but don’t kill yourself over it. Life is too beautiful to worry so much over daily issues. Take a step back (#1), give yourself a break if you need to (#6), and do what you can within your means (#9). Everything else will unfold accordingly. Worrying too much about the outcome isn’t going to change things or make your life any better.

13. Pick out the learning points from the encounter

There’s something to learn from every encounter. What have you learned from this situation? What lessons have you taken away?

After you identify your learning points, think about how you’re going to apply them moving forward. With this, you’ve clearly gained something from this encounter. You’ve walked away a stronger, wiser, better person, with more life lessons to draw from in the future.

Get the manifesto version of this article: [Manifesto] What To Do When Things Don’t Go Your Way

Featured photo credit: Alice Donovan Rouse via unsplash.com

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