Nurture your inner peace in the comfort of your home. Here’s how!
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Inner peace is something we could all use a bit more of. In our hectic modern lives, time seems to get away from us. Between surfing the internet and being exposed to information overload to the complexity of creating and maintaining relationships, to building yourself as a person—life offers plenty of challenges and stress to trouble your mind and your soul.
Creating daily habits that nurture your inner peace can mean the difference between making peace with your stress and letting it rule you. Inner peace can come from prayer, meditation, gratitude, and much more. Let’s take a look at five ways you can foster inner peace.
1. Prayer Before Bed
Say a prayer for bedtime, and you’ll sleep that much better. You’ll be able to unload the day’s stress into the hands of God himself, or whichever higher being you put your faith in. Praying has been proven to bring about stress relief, bring people together, and create an overall sense of calmness for a household. Families that pray together handle their problems with more grace, and tend to have fewer issues overall.
Praying is a form of meditation in itself. You’re reflecting on the day’s events, feelings, and your reactions, and praying for something specific. When you pray, find a nice, quiet place to do so. Shut the door, turn on some music, or simply go outside. As long as you’re in a peaceful place, your prayers will feel therapeutic, and you’ll get a chance to connect with a higher being.
Prayer has been a bedtime practice for centuries, and for good reason. Try praying each night before bed to calm your body, mind, and soul before you lay down to rest.
Meditation is a form of concentrated relaxation that’s been in practice for centuries all over the world. It can be done just about anywhere, at any time, for any reason. Some people meditate for inner peace, some for stress relief, and some to make peace with past trauma. Whatever the case may be, meditation can also help you sleep better by bringing you closer to inner peace.
When you meditate, you focus on the present and on the self. You’re working to rid your mind of distractions and unwelcome thoughts. This is especially useful for anxiety, as it makes your mind race and your thoughts come in a dozen at a time. Meditation can relax the brain, body, and soul before you lay your head down. Combined with prayer, meditation can be a powerful ally in the fight against modern stressors.
Many people assume that meditation is a complex and secretive practice that’s reserved only for Buddhist monks, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Meditation can be performed by any person—you just need to start at the beginning.
As a society, we tend to get hung up on the negatives in our lives. We focus heavily on when things go wrong, look bleak, or cause some kind of psychological damage. Why is that? Is it because of the news? The way information spreads? The way people exchange stories? We could debate the possibilities all day long, but what is true is that we could all do well to focus more on positive thoughts like gratitude.
Why is gratitude so important? Because instead of focusing on all of the things that have gone wrong or are missing from your life, you’re instead giving thanks for all the wonderful things that you have. The relationships you hold dear, the stability your job grants you, the financial success you’ve acquired. These are all things to be grateful for.
Showing gratitude can help calm a troubled mind by shifting the focus from the bad to the good. Everyone has something to be grateful for. Just think about it. What are you grateful for today?
4. Spending Time With Loved Ones
Spending time with the people you love is both therapeutic and rewarding all at once. It can provide stress relief, offer a chance to connect on a deeper level with another person, and provide you with a sense of belonging. All of these things can make you feel more at peace, more loved, and more able to make real changes in people’s lives.
You should try to spend time with friends and family at least once per week if you can. If you can’t physically visit, try a phone or video chat to catch up.
5. Making Things Right
Guilt is a powerful emotion that can wield a double-edged blade over our consciousness. On the side, guilt is an inhibitor—preventing us from moving forward into personal growth. We all have something we’ve felt guilty about that we’ve carried around for some time. This extra baggage prevents growth and aids in stagnancy and inner turmoil.
On the other side, guilt is a motivator. Guilt can drive you to do great things, make amends for mistakes you’ve made, and bring you closer to those you love. Making things right can help you achieve inner peace by removing that guilt altogether so you can move on with life.
Did you do or say something you regret? There’s never a better time to apologize or make things right than now. Nothing in life is certain, and you or the person you need to apologize to might not be here tomorrow. Make the moments count and make the wrongs right for the sake of everyone involved.