Ironically, as a result of the technologies that were designed to make our lives easier and more efficient, life is becoming increasingly stressful and less peaceful.
How do you feel if you leave home without your phone? Anxious? You wouldn’t be the only one. How do you feel when you try and contact someone who normally has their phone with them but on this occasion is out of charge or has left their phone at home? More anxiety. More stress.
One of the most important elements of true relaxation is achieving peace of mind, but this is easier said than done. However, there are certain steps that you can take to put yourself in the position to achieve peace of mind, from which genuine relaxation can stem.
How to Achieve Peace of Mind
1. Exercise Regularly
Human beings were designed to be active. If you look at our closest biological cousins, they spend a lot of time swinging through trees. Even our grandparents were much more physically active than our generation. And if you don’t exercise, you are missing out on one of the greatest senses of natural relaxation available.
Here are some of the ways in which exercise help you to achieve peace of mind and relaxation:
- Exercise releases pleasure hormones – the body’s way of telling you that you are doing something right
- Keeping in good physical condition makes you more attractive and confident in your appearance, which is another big step towards happiness and peace of mind
- When you exercise gently, for example jogging, you get the chance to think, free of distractions, free of emails, free of phone calls
- When you enjoy more intensive physical exercise such as playing a competitive sport, you lose yourself in the moment and focus completely on what you are doing. This is probably a result of primal reactions… and it feels good.
2. Don’t Hide from Challenges
In the short term, it can feel like the easy option to ignore that letter from the bank or get comfortable in your position at work, but in the long run, refusing to face challenges will have serious effects on your peace of mind.
The more you become used to facing your challenges directly and logically, the better you will become at facing them. When you realize that challenges are much easier to overcome when you face them one at a time, in a timely manner, you have made a large step in order to achieve peace of mind.
If you do build up a backlog of tasks that need doing, one way to ensure that you face your daily challenges efficiently and effectively is to write them down. This is equally true of larger challenges and the smaller tasks that make up our daily lives. When you see on paper what needs doing, you are more able to accurately reflect and work out a course of action. The feeling of crossing a task or challenge from that list is the feeling of making a leap towards achieving peace of mind.
3. Make a Will
To paraphrase Benjamin Franklin, there are two certainties in life: death and taxes. Whereas taxes are something that you face once a month when you look at your payslip, death is the great specter at the back of all of our minds and it only comes to our attention at unpleasant points.
One of the unspoken fears of death is how it affects those nearest and dearest to us. Making a will is the best way to ensure that they will be taken care of if anything should happen. With a last will and testament, you say who inherits what in the event of your death and can ensure that the people who really matter to you are not left with nothing.
With a valid last will and testament, you can be sure that the important people in your life, those who you depend upon and who depend upon you, will be provided for. And this is another huge step in order to achieve peace of mind.
4. Question Yourself Regularly… Within Reason
Regularly questioning yourself is one of the only ways to ensure that you are doing the right things for the right reasons. Although it sounds like a sure-fire route to anxiety and unhappiness, regular self-examination allows you to honestly assess how you are living. And remember, not all anxiety is negative, especially if it leads to positive action.
The key to benefiting from self-questioning is absolutely not to dwell on any negatives you find, but also to congratulate yourself on what you are doing right and particularly ways in which you are creating peace of mind for other people and for yourself.
If you do find yourself dwelling on negatives, view it as an opportunity and honestly assess a course of action. Think about what exactly it is that is making you unhappy, which often stems from a sense of powerlessness, and think logically about what action you can take to improve those parts of your life.
Think about your relationships with others (we are naturally social creatures after all) but remember that the only person you can directly control is yourself and, ultimately, you hold the key to your own peace of mind and happiness.
5. Have a Check-up With Your Doctor
If you haven’t had a check-up for a while, don’t be afraid to visit your doctor and ask for one. Even if you are feeling fine, it can’t hurt to have your good health confirmed by a qualified expert!
99% of the time your doctor will confirm that you are in good health, which is great to hear. If you need to get more exercise, having a professional voice tell you that can also be a great motivator to get up and be more active!
How do you achieve peace of mind – feel free to share your tips in the comments below.
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