In our last blog post, we discovered certain ways in which you might be feeling more restless. Now, let’s discover ways to have less restless and more peace!
First of all, we have to want it. Don’t our addictions and distractions—our various ways to self-medicate—give us momentary relief at best? We have to realize that staying stuck in busyness keeps us on the surface of life, clutching to the outside of a rapidly spinning wheel. The faster the wheel turns the more we are just hanging on for dear life, trying to survive. Where is the fun in that?
We want to be in the center of this wheel. Then the wheel can spin as fast as it wants while we are barely moving, calm and connected, responding to life by conscious choice, rather than reacting from autopilot. This makes it much easier to tap into our creativity and resourcefulness–to maximize our productivity.
What is the next step?
Secondly, we have to carve time out of our busy days for this quest. We have to set regular appointments with ourselves. These engagements need to be put straight into our schedules. If we add them to the bottom of our to-do-list, chances are they’ll get moved to the next list, the next day, and years later you still find yourself wishing for more peace.
Now that you have made time for yourself, congratulations!
Next question is, what to do with this time? Here some easy tips:
- First of all, turn off all distractions; and yes, this includes your phone!
- Breath is powerful. Take a few deep, slow breaths in and out and feel how relaxing this is. You may like to consciously breathe out stress and tension and breathe in peace and ease. Breathe out angst and worry; breathe in confidence and trust. Breathe out whatever does not serve you; breathe in the presence of whatever you want to experience more of. Relax into this empowered energy.
- Explore meditation or mindfulness. There are many short and effective meditation and mindfulness exercises like this body scan click here. This is one of my favorite relaxation exercises. It helps me to truly unwind and takes me into a very deep state of rejuvenating tranquility.
- Go out into nature—even just for a few minutes—into your local park, or your back yard. Become aware of your surroundings. Listen to the birds singing. Feel the warmth of the sun and gentle breeze on your skin. Lie in the soft grass. Watch the clouds in the sky. Being in nature has many scientifically proven benefits. It has been found to boost your mental and physical well-being, increase your short-term memory, improve your concentration, increase your mental sharpness and creativity, and boost your immune system. WOW!
- Feel gratitude for being alive and able to enjoy the beauty of this moment. Focusing on what we don’t have or on what’s not working creates stress. Becoming aware of all the good you have already in your life connects you to your inner peace; gratitude increase your trust in yourself and life. You may like to start a gratitude journal and make a habit of noting down several of these blessings every day. This practice uplifts you by getting you out of your head with its incessant mind chatter, connecting you with the contentment in your heart.
Come back for our final blog post and wrap up this series!