Has modern technology and your ability to access infinite amounts of information and entertainment brought less stress or more stress into your life?
Sure, we can buy everything we want online—clothes, computers, and cars—and yes, it’s convenient. But has it made our lives more peaceful?
Most of us would agree that emotional energy has become a precious commodity in our lives. When we feel emotionally depleted, then anxiety and stress are the natural by-products. Left unchecked, stress can lead to feelings of being out of control.
As a result, stress can prompt us to seek temporary relief in unhealthy habits that create more stress in the long run. Turning to alcohol, comfort food, or overspending might provide temporary relief and distraction, but these things greatly complicate our lives.
Controlling your stress
Not everything that causes us stress can be eliminated—nor should it. Low-level stress stimulates the brain to boost productivity and concentration. It can also be a big motivator to make changes, solve problems, or accomplish goals.
In addition, many sources of stress are simply beyond our control. It’s become so commonplace for people to feel stressed and overloaded that we tend to forget there is an alternative way to live.
It’s time to slow down and consider ways to bring more peace to your heart and soul. Start with these seven ideas:
1. Beware of peace pickpockets.
You encounter all kinds of people and situations that try to steal your serenity. Know what they are and take measures to fend them off.
2. Take a mental health day, or morning, or moment.
Whatever time you can allow, give yourself the space to refresh your mind and spirit.
3. Rethink your “should do” and “ought to do” lists.
If the voice in your head is guilting you into doing things that don’t bring you joy, regard these as prime candidates to delete.
4. Kick the approval habit.
It’s natural to want to be liked by others—and it’s healthy to accept that it’s not going to happen all the time.
5. Be still.
If your pace is wearing you out, set aside a half-day or a full day to sit on the sofa to think, journal, read, and nap.
6. Let the music move you.
Few things are as cathartic and cleansing as your best-loved music. Use your favorite tunes to calm you down, pump you up, or stir your emotions.
7. Give yourself a quality-of-life checkup.
It’s wise to periodically assess whether you’re satisfied with the quality of your life. If you don’t feel fulfilled, ponder what changes are in order.
Inner peace is a worthwhile goal. In today’s saturated world, having an inner peace plan—and working on it every day—is a good way to ensure you attain that goal.