Last updated on June 15th, 2023 at 10:36 pm
We all want a peaceful life, but too many of us suffer from anxiety, worry, and invasive thoughts. So, just how can you improve your peace of mind?
Today, we’re sharing some simple things you can do to help achieve a more calm and peaceful mindset. These are simple tips that can reduce your stress levels, help you worry less, and get you on the way to feeling more at peace with your life and the world around you.
Improve Your Peace of Mind With These Tips
Keep a to-do List and a Calendar
Do you feel like you’re not getting much accomplished in a day? That could be because you’re not planning out your time. When you schedule the things you need (and want) to do, you usually find that you accomplish so much more.
That’s because when your mental “to-do list” piles up, it creates stress and anxiety. You may start feeling worried about what’s not getting accomplished, and these nagging feelings about what we should be doing or didn’t get done can definitely affect our sense of peace and calm.
In order to get through the list of chores or tasks that need to be done each day, keep a list. You’ll not only stop worrying about forgetting something, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment when you mark these tasks off your checklist.
Plan Small Breaks
Are you always running from one thing to the next–either physically or mentally? Anxiety can be caused by trying to do too much.
Yes, it’s good to try to get a lot accomplished, but you don’t want to wear yourself out.
Set time aside each day for small relaxation breaks. These can be as little as five or 10 minutes where you just relax and clear your mind. Try to spend this time not thinking about work or anything that might cause anxiety, fear, or concern.
These short rest periods are very important because they give your mind and body time to quiet down, and you can actually return to work or the task at hand feeling more productive!
Your break can be something as simple as two minutes of closing your eyes and taking some deep breaths, or maybe you prefer to get up and stretch.
You don’t have to get into a special yoga position or meditate. Just the act of shutting out the sensory information around you can be extremely relaxing.
Keep a Tidy Home
Having an untidy home can cause anxiety as well. Keeping the clutter to a minimum and staying organized translates to a more relaxed and peaceful atmosphere.
This may mean cleaning things up as you see them out of place and creating a cleaning schedule where you clean specific parts of your house each day of the week.
If you’re able to, you may want to hire a cleaning service to do some of the tidying for you from time to time. This may be something you want to schedule a couple times a month or even weekly to keep consistent tidiness and organization in your home.
You’ll likely notice that your mind picks up on disorganization when it’s all around you. By decluttering and keeping your home more organized, you’ll spend less time looking for things, rearranging all of your “things,” and living a simpler, more peaceful life.
Eat Healthy Meals More Often
The kinds of foods you eat play a big part in how tense and anxious you feel. If you eat foods that are high in sugar or caffeine, these can give you a temporary mood boost, and then bring you down with a crash later on.
Try to avoid processed and unhealthy foods as much as possible, or at least cut down on them. Replace unhealthy foods with healthy ones, and eat veggies and fruits every day. Even cutting down the amount of sugar you put in your coffee and choosing no-sugar options will help you feel less anxious and more peaceful.
This doesn’t mean you can never treat yourself, but if you can make sure to eat at least one healthy meal a day, your mind and body will thank you.
Make Better Use of Your Downtime
What do you do in your free time? Do you find yourself scrolling through the internet and social media endlessly?
This kind of behavior can actually make you feel tense and agitated. Many social media platforms in particular are designed to give you small confidence boosts, provide a sense of reward, and constantly dangle the hope of satisfaction in front of you. Their algorithms actually work toward keeping you addicted.
You may not understand what is going on inside your brain when you use these kinds of apps and websites, but using them less often will improve your sense of peace.
As a replacement, you can spend your time listening to relaxing music, watching a movie with your family, taking up a hobby, or doing other activities that actually add value to your life and provide a real sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.
Write in a Journal
Do you find yourself dealing with invasive thoughts at the end of each day? This kind of thinking can rob you of your sense of joy.
When you don’t take the time to process what’s been going on in your day, worry and negative thinking can be the consequence. If you’re just rushing through your day and are too busy to think about what you’ve dealt with, all of that unhandled baggage can pile up. This can even lead to insomnia or other sleep problems.
Keeping a journal is a great way to process the events of the day. You won’t necessarily solve all of your problems or eliminate anxiety by writing in a journal, but you might be suprised at how helpful it can be to simply get your thoughts on paper. This simple exercise is a great way to unburden yourself and create a sense of peace at the end of a hectic day.
These are just a few ideas that can help you improve your peace of mind and create a sense of calm in a busy world. Do you have any other ideas? Leave us a comment.
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