'Peace can become a lens through which you see the world. Be it. Live it. Radiate it out. Peace is an inside job.' —Wayne Dyer
Life has a way of winding you around its little finger! Of late I have realised how much anxiety builds up throughout a busy week. The luxury of having a lie-in without hurrying up for practically nothing, is second to none. Caught up in the vortex of life, we often search for a bit of peace and tranquility. I guess learning how to relax and finding one's inner peace is a skill that one has to work upon and practice.
I have always found solace in engaging my mind and body in something that brings positivity and helps release those happy hormones when I need them. I have tried to pen my thoughts down on my approach to achieving moments of peace and tranquility.
Enjoy being with nature - Nature has its own of way of healing. Whenever I feel down and out, I try and enjoy a nature walk. If you do not have access to a nature walk close by, even a few minutes in your local park will lift your spirits. Studies have found that spending about 20 minutes in a park, apparently, is enough to boost your emotional well-being. Usually, I just sit there soaking up the sights and sounds of the flowers, trees, birds and the occasional barking of dogs frolicking about. A relatively new concept called
'Forest Bathing' is becoming a popular therapeutic practice. It is the Japanese art and science of how trees can positively impact on health and happiness- shinrin-yoku. If you feel that you need to keep busy when you are on your own in the park, modern gadgets - our smart phones - come in quite handy. I usually click pictures of many of nature's beautiful creations: recording swaying trees in the wind etc.
Treat yourself - Yes, true, go ahead and treat yourself to something that you always pushed away for another time. This is true for both men and women. What about that game of tennis that you and your friend have been planning for a long time? Go and play! A book that is waiting for you to pick up and read, your favourite movie that you've been planning to watch on Netflix, the cake that you always wanted to bake, the beauty salon appointment that you've been meaning to make et cetera, et cetera. It is often the guilt of missing out on things that we consider more important and on top of our priority list, because they are for our families, we postpone or forget to give ourselves the luxury to enjoy something that would make us happy. Sit back, take stock, take a deep breath then go ahead and pick up those loose ends.
Focus on the good - Life has its ups and downs, as we all know. We've grown up listening to our elders saying 'Count your blessings', well now I say I agree with it 100%. I attended a recent training session about 'Resilience' by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook where she had shared her learning through her own life experiences (some of them being very tragic). One of her points was that, every night before she went to bed, she would write down 3 good things that happened to her that day. When I heard this, I felt a sense of camaraderie as I could really relate to this. I have always done it myself (not writing them down but recalling them) and it actually helps me to be at peace with myself and life in general. It has given me many a peaceful night's sleep too!
I am sure, apart from what I follow, there may be a million different ways of bringing a sense of peace into our lives. The quote at the start of this blog is as apt as my dear husband telling me: 'It is you as a person who chooses to be either in a state of happiness or sadness'. But every now and then, we can get by with a little help, can't we?
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