Are you wondering how to find inner peace and happiness and struggling to do so? You're not alone. Inner peace is something that everyone wants, but not many people know how to achieve it.
Millions of people around the world are looking for ways to achieve inner peace and live happier lives. But it's easier said than done, right? Wrong!
There are five simple steps you can take that'll help you find your way back to a peaceful, happier life if you're willing to accept the challenge. Let’s talk about each of them to get you started on the path towards achieving inner peace.
The first step towards inner peace is acceptance, meaning how can you have inner peace if you keep fighting problems instead of accepting that they’re a part of life?
Many people struggle to find inner peace because they're constantly fighting problems. They complain about how the world is unfair, how other people are unjust, and how nothing ever seems to go right. They never stop fighting against these things and spend their time looking for answers that don't exist instead of accepting reality for what it is.
So how can you learn how to accept the obstacles in life so you can start moving towards inner peace? Here's how:
- Realize not everything is in your control.
- Stop focusing on how things should be instead of how they are.
- Don't fight problems – accept them.
- Stop looking for answers that don’t exist.
- Accept that the only way to achieve something is to take action – but realize that no amount of fighting or complaining will get you there.
In other words, just let things go. The world isn’t perfect, so don’t fight how things are. Things won't always go the way you want them to, so stop fighting how life naturally flows and keep practicing acceptance instead of resistance.
By accepting how certain issues in life make you feel, you'll stop thinking about all the things that could've been different and allow yourself to focus on what's important – which is finding ways to improve how things are now.
2. Practice Mindfulness
Inner peace is the combination of inner calm and self-awareness. You can’t have either one if you don't know how to practice mindfulness in your everyday life.
What does mindfulness have to do with inner peace? Everything, because it's how you practice being present and aware of where you are, what's happening around you, and what's going on inside your head right now. You might be thinking, "How can something as simple as mindfulness create inner peace?”
Mindfulness allows you to be aware of how every moment brings a chance for a new beginning, not a continuation of how things were before. It also allows you to be aware of how you feel in each moment and how your mental health is faring.
It doesn't happen right away, though, because a lot is going on in your head, and it can feel hard to focus on just one thing. We're all human, and we have thoughts that push and pull us everywhere, so how can you catch up with yourself if you never stop for even a second to take a breath?
Practice mindfulness by:
- Reminding yourself how lucky you are. (Chances are, you have a roof above your head, clothes on your back, and food in your belly. It might not be how you want it to be, but it's good enough for now.
- Reminding yourself how everything is temporary – including how you feel right now.
- Taking a deep breath every once in a while and focusing on how it feels to breathe in and out.
- Allowing yourself to feel how you feel when you’re having a bad day or when someone is upsetting you.
- Being aware of how your mental health fares from one moment to the next.
- Removing distractions from your life so you can focus on how things are right now instead of how they were or how they could be.
- Getting outside and enjoying nature whenever you can.
By practicing mindfulness, you'll be able to enjoy how beautiful each moment can be if you let yourself experience how amazing life is right now instead of how it used to be or could've been. When you're able to experience how great things are in the present, you'll find a way to truly accept how certain difficult moments in life truly do pass.
However, it's important not to judge yourself or become frustrated with your mind when trying to practice mindfulness. It's okay if you get off track a few times and have to bring yourself back. It's fine if you're unable to do it the first few times or even the first few weeks. Just keep going because mindfulness is how inner peace starts.
3. Create a Happy Place in Your Mind
Your mind is a very powerful tool – so how can you use it to achieve inner peace if it's your own worst enemy?
Inner peace starts from within, which means how you feel comes from how you think. This also happens to be how depression and anxiety start – with negative thoughts that lead to feeling awful instead of incredible. So how can you use your mind to achieve inner peace? By visualising your happy place.
A happy place is a mental sanctuary where you feel how you want to in each and every moment, no matter how difficult things are in the outside world. This is how you train your mind for happiness and how you get to practice how happiness can be yours even when life doesn't go how you want it to.
It’s the same concept as picturing how great something will be before you actually get there, which allows you to accept how things are in the present until you really do get there.
To build your happy place, spend a few minutes visualising how you want it to look. Imagine how it feels to be in this space and how it smells like, what the weather is like, how you interact with others (if there are any), how something feels when you touch it, and more.
By creating a happy place in your mind, you'll also start to experience how inner peace can come from being aware of how negative thoughts aren't permanent and how easy it is to replace them with positive ones. You'll also realise how you have complete control over how things are in your mind.
Repeat this visualization every day so your mind can get used to how your happy place works.
4. Practice Self-Love Every Day
There's no inner peace without self-love, so how can you achieve inner peace if you don't love yourself? You have to start by being kind to yourself and how you treat your mind, body, and soul every single day. This is how you practice self-love and boost your self-esteem.
It's important to note how your inner dialogue reflects how you want to feel how your day (and life) goes, too. This means how you talk to yourself throughout the day, how you eat, how you communicate with others (or lack thereof), how much sleep you get each night, how often you get out of your comfort zone (if at all), and more.
- Treating yourself how you want to be treated by others.
- Saying positive things to yourself in the mirror every morning.
- Taking time out of each day just for inner peace meditation.
- Recognizing your self-worth and giving yourself self-validation when someone else might not be able to.
- Caring for how your body works and how healthy it is or isn't.
- Getting enough sleep.
- Embracing how life has been treating you every step of the way.
- Thinking positively instead of negatively.
- Giving yourself room to make mistakes.
Being kind to yourself and how you treat your mind, body, and soul empowers you to see how inner peace can be yours if only you allow it. You have to be your own best friend, and how you treat yourself is how others will also treat you.
By practicing self-love, you'll also start to understand how you deserve how great life is in the present. You'll also become more aware of how your mind, body, and soul work together to create how you feel so you can take better care of all three.
5. Make a List of What Makes You Happy
Happiness is how inner peace starts, meaning that how you achieve inner peace comes down to how happy you are. The happier you are, the closer you'll get to inner peace.
To start being happier every day, make a list of what makes you happy. Pinpoint exactly what puts a smile on your face throughout the day so your mind can see how awesome life can be if only you open it up to the idea of how great everything could be (and how much happiness it contains).
For example, here's how one person might go about doing so.
I'm happiest when:
- I'm spending time with my friends.
- I'm reading a great book.
- I'm watching my favorite movie or TV show.
- Someone tells me how much they appreciate how much time I take to listen to them when they tell me how stressed out or sad they are.
- It’s raining outside.
- I go on adventures and explore new places.
- I'm at the beach.
- I'm with my family.
- I'm sleeping enough every night.
Writing down all these things that make you happy starts getting them into perspective. You'll also begin to feel happier because by knowing what brings joy into your world, you can spend more time doing them, especially when you’re down or feeling out of it.
People often lose inner peace because they forget how great life can be, sending how overwhelmed they feel to the next level. However, when you have a list of what makes you happy, you'll start focusing on how much happiness is in your life instead of all that "stuff" that easily gets you down.
Tip: It's important to include things that don't cost anything because how much money you have isn't how happiness works. What makes people happy is how fulfilling life is with what they already have and how inner peace can be theirs if only they approach it from this mindset instead of how happiness has something to do with how rich you are.
Journaling is essential for this list as well as your inner peace because it'll help you understand what keeps making you happy and, better yet, how much happiness is actually in your life. In addition, expressing how you feel in a journal helps guide many people to inner peace because they're able to let go of things that bring them down and focus on inner peace instead.
Find Peace Within Yourself Today!
People often seek inner peace because they're constantly feeling stressed or overwhelmed, leading them to believe that inner peace is a far-fetched idea. However, when you follow the above ways, you believe there's still joy tucked away somewhere in all that "bad" stuff that people say is the opposite of inner peace.
It's easy to find inner peace in more light-hearted situations, but it's important not to forget that inner peace is also found in negative or "uncomfortable" moments. The more you look for inner peace when times are tough, the easier you'll find inner peace, even on your darkest days.
Finally, inner peace is a journey, so it's okay to feel lost at first because peace isn't found when you move from point A to point B. It's found when you experience all the points in between, which is genuinely what inner peace is.