How To Find Inner Peace: 8 Strategies You Can Start Right Now

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6. Practice gratitude

If peace of mind is your destination, then your path will lead through gratefulness. Being grateful for what we have instead of pining over what we don’t have enables us to feel satisfied and content from within. Scientific evidence reveals that there is a connection between gratitude and well-being. Individuals who practice gratitude have a higher chance of being optimistic in life and be happier.

Grateful people tend to focus more on finding solutions than worrying about problems, which makes them more capable of overcoming life’s challenges. According to one 2016 study, gratitude and inner peace are interconnected and are our natural and authentic state. The study found that keeping gratitude journals can be highly beneficial for improving mood and productivity. “Simply entering an entry a day of something or someone to be grateful for will help divert one’s mind from negativity,” adds the study.

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How To Find Inner Peace: 8 Strategies You Can Start Right Now
How To Find Inner Peace: 8 Strategies You Can Start Right Now

7. Declutter your life

Be intentional about organizing and decluttering your living space, whether it’s your home, workspace, studio or any other place you spend a lot of time in. When your living area is organized, clean, simple and clutter-free, it helps to bring order and clarity to your mind and your life. It is also important that you organize your schedule and declutter your life. By making your physical space clean, categorized and sorted, you will be able to make it more relaxing, welcoming and inspiring. A clean living or work space is a symbol or manifestation of a clean mind. And it is only when your mind is clutter-free can you truly experience peace of mind.

8. Set boundaries

Your life will be filled with chaos, abuse and trauma if you are unable to set strong and clear personal boundaries. Establishing limits protects us from being taken advantage of and informs others that they are not entitled to freely access our emotions, energy, efforts and time. Boundaries allow us to create breathing space and keep us from feeling overwhelmed from familial, social or professional pressures. It allows us to liberate ourselves from unrealistic expectations of others, remain grounded and find inner peace. You must also set boundaries for yourself and limit the time you invest in doing things that don’t really serve your goals, such as watching TV, social media, unnecessary socializing etc.

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Dos and Don’ts for inner peace

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How To Find Inner Peace: 8 Strategies You Can Start Right Now

Apart from the above mentioned steps of attaining peace of mind, there are certain dos and don’ts that you also need to be aware of. Let’s take a look.

A. Things to do

  • Learn to be accountable and responsible for your behavior
  • If you feel overwhelmed, pause and visualize your happy place
  • Practice deep breathing often
  • Be Assertive, not passive or submissive
  • Volunteer and help others in need
  • Try to be early even if just by 10 minutes
  • Communicate and ask questions openly instead of assuming or guessing
  • Instead of procrastinating, address issues that are affecting you 
  • Practice relaxation techniques like yoga, tai chi, massage etc
  • Deliberately reflect in thoughts that help you experience inner peace
  • Take a break, disconnect and escape your routine by going on a vacation
  • Tackle one issue at a time instead of trying to multitask
  • Learn to enjoy alone time and solitude
  • In relationships, choose to love unconditionally
  • Set small, attainable goals and celebrate every victory
  • Live in the present moment
  • Openly express your needs & desires
  • Laugh with loved ones and don’t take life too seriously all the time
  • Do things that you enjoy
  • Prioritize peace over accomplishments

B. Things to avoid

  • Stop comparing yourself with others
  • Don’t try to change or “fix” people
  • Don’t avoid difficult or negative emotions. Allow them to pass naturally
  • Avoid arguing with toxic people
  • Avoid blaming or criticizing yourself excessively
  • Don’t hold grudges or resentment
  • Avoid judging people by their immediate actions
  • Don’t fall into the trap of the victim mentality
  • Stop chasing happiness or believing that you can be happy once you accomplish a particular goal
  • Stop being a perfectionist and appreciate imperfections
  • Don’t be a people pleaser
  • Don’t hold yourself back by staying in your comfort zone too long
  • Avoid negative self-talk
  • Stop being overly materialistic as it can never lead to inner peace
  • Don’t be afraid of revealing your weaknesses and vulnerabilities 

Related: 8 Types Of Negative Thinking That Can Destroy Your Peace Of Mind

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Theo Harrison

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