2. Don’t dwell in your past
All of us have certain past memories that can be embarrassing, upsetting, or even downright traumatizing. But if we allow our past to define who we are, then we will be stuck in that old version of ourselves. If you live in your past inside your mind, then you will give your memories the power to hold you back from being a better person. Constantly ruminating about the past can also cause stress, hopelessness, and depression.
However, when you refuse to hold on to your past regrets and mistakes, you create space for inner peace and happiness in your mind, heart, and soul. Understand that you are not your past. Simply because things have been a certain way till now, does not mean it will define your future. When you realize that your past mistakes make you grow as a person, you let them go and move forward.
3. Spend time in nature
Human beings are not designed to stay cooped up in their apartments or office spaces. We are created as natural creatures – to experience sun, rain, wind, to enjoy the cool breeze of the wind, to soothe in the shade of the trees and to connect with other animals. This is why it is important to spend some time in nature to experience the psychological and spiritual state of calmness. Recent research shows that human-nature interactions can help to reduce stress and mental health strain.
Studies also reveal that nature experiences can have significant benefits to our health and well-being. So if you want to experience more peace and bliss in your life, spend some time in nature by going for a walk in the park, taking a weekend camping trip or going for a vacation. However, this needs to be a lifelong practice more than a quick-fix or a short term strategy.
4. Practice mindfulness meditation
Meditation is another name for peacefulness. Mindfulness meditation is a simple yet effective ancient practice that helps us connect with our true self by taking us inwards. This is the path to our inner peace, however, it may take a little practice and effort to reach our destination. Apart from the proven physical and mental health benefits, it can also be beneficial for our spiritual self as well. A simple 10-15 minutes mindfulness meditation practice on a daily basis can help you find peace and calmness, regardless of the situation.
Studies have found that mindfulness meditation can help to improve our peace of mind as “mindfulness training teaches ‘reperceiving’, the ability to step away from the contents of consciousness and view one’s moment-by-moment experience with greater clarity and objectivity.” Meditation empowers us to stop and pause in the moment of distress, detach ourselves from our suffering and guide our mind to focus more on the positive than the negative.
5. Prioritize self-care
Loving and caring for yourself is a crucial aspect of finding inner happiness and peace. Unless you learn to love yourself, you will always struggle with accepting who you are. You will always feel insecure with your flaws and imperfections. By caring for your physical, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being, you will be able to build a stronger relationship with yourself. Practicing self-care will empower you to be empathetic and compassionate towards yourself and others.
“Peace within self or an inner calmness may be created and sustained by caring for self at a deep level, committing to an inner journey, and by dedication to maintaining a practice of self-care,” explains a 2013 study. Self-care includes practices like acknowledging your emotions, eating nutritious foods, getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, having work-life balance, avoiding drugs and alcohol etc. It is only by feeling good about yourself you can feel truly peaceful and content.