As we go through our busy days, handling projects, dealing with challenges, and doing our best to keep up with our schedules, we often find that we’re stressed out, frantic, and filled with anxiety. But that’s not a healthy or happy way to live. In addition, allowing our minds to be filled with stressful, worry-prone thoughts and feelings can also lead to an on-set of head colds and illnesses, more gray hairs and wrinkles, and psychological problems. That’s why it’s incredibly important to create the time (even if it’s just 15 minutes in the morning or evening), to relax, unwind, and find inner peace.
Scientific studies have shown that de-stressing your mind and body not only helps to keep you healthier, it also encourages longevity, productivity, and an overall increased state of happiness. “New research indicates that chronic stress like the kind we experience in high stress occupations actually erodes and damages critical parts of our DNA over time. This damage and erosion can increase our odds of living a shorter life span.” [Source: NaturalNews.com]
5 Fabulous Ways To Find Inner Peace
Featured here are five fabulous ways to de-stress, get centered, and find inner peace.
1. Nature: One of the best ways to find inner peace is to spend some time in the great outdoors. Whether that means taking a walk through the woods, heading down to the beach, or simply sitting in a blooming garden; all of these ways of re-connecting with nature will help you get centered and feel peaceful. “Eco-psychology experts suggest that reconnecting with nature requires a transformation of consciousness”, which helps people find relief from mental clutter and anxiety, and helps them regain a sense of inner calm and tranquility. [Quote: Psychology Today]
2. Meditation: Whether you prefer to spend a few moments focusing on an object (to help control your thoughts), listen to a guided meditation by way of an audio-book, or simply sit in a relaxing position and mindfully quiet your thoughts, all of these forms of meditation can help you find inner peace. “Meditation is a practice in which an individual trains the mind or induces a mode of consciousness, either to realize some benefit or as an end in itself.” [Source: Wikipedia]
3. Spa Day: By regularly taking care of your body, you not only re-connect with your physical being, you also enjoy the mental and emotional benefits of resting and rejuvenating. You can either head to a nearby spa and indulge in a relaxing massage (which helps eliminate toxins, release tension in the muscles, and helps boost your euphoric state). Or, if budget or time is an issue, you can easily enough create an at-home spa day just by turning down the lights, putting on soothing music, and drawing a warm bath, filled with epsom salt (which is thought to relax muscles and ease tension).
4. Yoga Practice: Over the past few decades, we’ve seen the growth of the Yoga practices becoming increasingly popular in our contemporary society. “Yoga is said to be for the purpose of uniting the mind, body, and spirit. Many people think that yoga is just stretching. But while stretching is certainly involved, yoga is really about creating balance in the body through developing both strength and flexibility. This is done through the performance of poses or postures, each of which has specific physical benefits.” [Quote: About Health]
5. Creative Activities: Remember how much fun you had as a child doing arts and crafts? Creative activities (which stimulates the right part of our brains), help us release unwanted stress and frustration from our minds by enabling us to focus on enjoyable, productive projects that are artistically-inclined. Gail McMeekin, author of 12 Secrets of Highly Successful Women: A Portable Life Coach for Creative Women says, “Think of the ‘very best creativity enriching experience you can imagine,” and carve out time in your schedule to fit it in.” [Source: PsychToday] Everything from making DIY Wreaths to painting pictures and even creating jewelry can be considered a creative activity. Each of these creative activities can help you relax and find inner peace.
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