Updated: Nov 21
As we all know, sometimes life can really feel like a rollercoaster ride- full of ups, and downs! It can be so hard to balance it all and keep it ''altogether''. I'm not sure about you but I found it difficult recently to find inner peace. With everything going on in the world, it's easy to feel stressed, anxious or overwhelmed. But what we have to remember is that no matter how chaotic the world gets, we have all the power to cultivate inner peace and become undisturbed.
Are you able to maintain inner calm and clarity regardless of external circumstances? Being undisturbed describes a state of being unaffected and unruffled by challenging or chaotic situations and having the ability to respond to life's stressors from a grounded, centered place. It's also the ability to remain composed and focused even amidst turbulence by cultivating deep inner peace, intentionally nurturing self-awareness, spiritual connection, and healthy perspectives so that one's inner landscape remains stable even when the outer world is in flux. Through my life experiences' tried many things and I've found a few simple practices that help me reconnect with my inner calm. Today I want to share them with you.
Make Time for Stillness
It sounds so basic, but taking just 5-10 minutes a day to sit in quiet contemplation makes a world of difference. I know, with our jam-packed schedules, carving out even a short time for stillness can feel impossible. But even just a few moments of tuning out the noise and tuning into yourself sets the tone for the whole day. So try closing your eyes, focus on your breath, and silently repeating a calming word or phrase. Or sip a warm cup of tea and watch the sky. Simple rituals of stillness keep you grounded.
Limit News Intake
Being “in the know” feels crucial these days, but consuming a 24/7 news cycle only fuels anxiety. Limit your news consumption to a set time in the morning and evening. And stick to reputable sources that provide thoughtful analysis, not hyperbolic hype. Stay informed but be careful not to get overwhelmed.
Spend Time in Nature
Nothing soothes a frazzled soul better than the great outdoors. Even if you only have a porch or a nearby park, get outside for a little bit each day. Plant your feet on the earth, listen to birdsong, feel the sun or wind on your skin. Let the natural world work its magic. Before you know it you will feel more relaxed and composed inside.
Do One Thing at a Time
Multi-tasking might seem efficient, but it actually creates more stress in our bodies. Your brain can only focus well on one task at a time. When you juggle multiple things, you’re more prone to mistakes and feeling frenzied. Slow down and make time for mindful single-tasking. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel.
Nourish Your Body
What we eat and drink can dramatically impact our mood and focus. Start and end each day with a nourishing, wholesome meal or snack. Hydrate with water and herbal tea. Treat yourself to something delicious like dark chocolate! Fuelling your body well gives you energy to handle whatever comes your way. Healthy diet is proven to improve mental health and make us more resilient.
Trying to control everything and make it “just so” is a sure way to drive yourself crazy. Accept that life is imperfect and often beyond your control. You’re doing the best you can - be compassionate with yourself. Progress, not perfection, is the key to inner peace.
Valuing your time, your health, and your energy will lead you to a happier and healthier you. We all face daily responsibilities and chores but learning to outsource what regularly drains us and being selective about what we do in our spare time - we allow ourselves to recharge and find peace. Focus on significant things like finding your purpose . Your life will get a whole new meaning and gradually be filled with fulfilment.
Set Your Standards
You get what you tolerate, so be mindful of things and people that you allow in your life. Don't forget that the way you treat yourself sets a standard for others. What has really helped me was to spend my time on things that make me grow. I've also looked closely and tried to remove or limit regular stressors in my life. Try practicing setting and maintaining your boundaries. It's our nature to care about the feelings of others, but if we don't set boundaries we will quickly be left with no time or energy to do things that bring us joy and happiness. When we purposefully nourish our minds, bodies and spirits, we tap into an inner stability that external chaos cannot shake.