What Is Inner Peace To You?
What is inner peace to you? Is it something you’ve ever really had? Is it something you strive for in your life?
Humans have been searching for inner peace for thousands of years, and we are apparently still on the hunt.
Essentially, inner peace is the absence of stress and anxiety. But more than that, its having confidence that you are supported in the world and that no matter what, you will be okay.
It is being fully present in the now, not the past or the future.
While inner peace may be hard to come by in this day and age of constant stimulation and continuous spikes of cortisol and adrenaline (our fight or flight physiological reactions), there are things you can still do to increase your state of inner peace.
Here are five ideas to get you started.
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5 Ways To Increase Your Sense Of Inner Peace
1- Exercise To Increase Inner Peace
If inner peace is the absence of stress and anxiety, it’s probably a no-brainer that exercise is the #1 way to increase it.
According to the Mayo Clinic, exercise in almost any form can act as a form so stress-relief. Being active can boost your feel-good hormones and distract you from day to day worries by:
- increasing your endorphins
- acting as meditation in motion
- improving your mood
I don’t know about you, but when I’m feeling a little “off”, even if I don’t start out wanting to exercise, I frequently feel so much better afterward!
Even a brisk walk outside is enough exercise can give you a sense of peace and calm. Especially if you can get some time outdoors in nature, which is grounding.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to run a whole marathon or anything for it to count!
Any type of movement can increase your sense of inner peace.
This can include practicing yoga and the breathing techniques that accompany the poses. Playing a sport with a friend, going swimming, or even turning on some music and dancing in your living room all count!
However, you may enjoy a more vigorous workout as well, such as a spin class or running sprints.
Whatever floats your boat!
2- Meditation Can Increase Inner Peace
According to medicinenet.com, “a simple technique practiced for as few as 10 minutes per day can help you control stress, decrease anxiety, improve cardiovascular health, and achieve a greater capacity for relaxation”. Meditation produces a state of deep internal relaxation, regardless of what is going on externally.
You don’t have to meditate for hours to get the best results either.
Personally, I’ve found the Insight Timer app to be majorly instrumental in keeping me on track to meditating just a little each day.
I’ve taken to sneaking it into my life in interesting places.
Like if I’m meeting up with a friend or colleague and I arrive a little early, I’ll turn on a quick guided meditation in my car while I wait. Just five or ten minutes really makes a huge difference!
Try it out!
3- Set Healthy Boundaries
Boundaries are so important.
They help us care for ourselves physically, emotionally and spiritually. Healthy boundaries help us maintain a positive sense of self. Because trusting who we are and not allowing others to define us is so important to our overall well-being.
Psychology Today explains that the reason we have loosely defined, or unhealthy boundaries is because we want to be accommodating, helpful, are unable to say no out of guilt, and want to be liked.
But putting others first all the time is so damaging.
When we take the steps to identify our own desires and put our values first, we are that much closer to inner peace.
4- Socialize and Connect With Others
A Harvard study done by Dr. Robert Waldinger suggests that “meaningful relationships are a prescription for better emotional, mental and physical health.”
Over eighty years among 700 people who teenagers in 1930s (and over 60 men who were still participating in their 90’s) showed that:
- Strong social ties are tied to improved health
- Loneliness appears to be toxic
- Relationship quality matters
- Good relationships appear to protect our brains
But how do you strengthen your connections to others?
Well, there are so many different ways to go about that – even if you’re an introvert!
One example is by spending time volunteering for a cause you care about.
Another is working to improve existing relationships with those you care about.
Instead of relying so much on texting and social media, pick the phone and actually set up a date with someone you haven’t seen in a while. Genuine connection and being present go such a long way toward cultivating stronger relationships, which give a greater sense of inner peace.
5- Journal Daily For Increased Inner Peace
Finally daily writing can help you organize your thoughts, clear your mind, and solve problems with greater efficiency.
According to an article published by Michigan State University, “journaling can act as an emotional release/escape and help you obtain clarity and rid you of negative thoughts”.
In fact, a study published in a 2011 Psychological Science journal suggested a simple ritual or technique that you can use to clear your mind. All you have to do is write down your thoughts and throw away the paper. Simple, huh?
A clear mind is a mind at peace.
Your Inner Peace Spreads Joy All Around
While inner peace is beneficial to you, it doesn’t end there.
Establishing inner peace has a ripple effect that helps to make the world a better place.
When we are acting from a place of serenity, we become kinder, more generous, more patient and compassionate human beings.
We are less quick to judge, less quick to take offense, and this only brings more light and joy into the world.
When you find joy within it begins to radiate outward, and others feel it and connect with you better. So take time starting right now to cultivate inner peace, and do good for yourself and for everyone around you.
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