HOW CAN I GET MY MIND TO BE PEACEFUL?

Published by Mercy C. Kosonei on

I had raised a question of whether it’s possible to have complete peace of mind. In my view, I think it is not possible because we are emotional beings and we react differently to situations. We may not be happy always, there are good moments and bad moments. However, it is possible to have peace of mind (I have removed the word complete) even when facing ordeals and difficulties. This this is a state of self-awareness where you are fully aware of the worries you have, instead, you chose to focus other things which will calm your mind and cultivate a feeling of inner peace.

“ Peace of mind is a state of mental and emotional balance and calmness, free of worries, and free of stress. It is the ability to have a quiet mind and maintain a sense of happiness and freedom”. (Sandra and Daniel, 2019).

So if you are to intentionally cultivate peace of mind, you need to gain control of your thoughts and how you respond to others or even situations. There are very many ways you can do that, here are a few tips on how you can stay focused.

Practice Mindfulness meditation

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Meditation is defined as a practice of focusing your mind on a specific object or thought to train attention or awareness and to achieve a clear, calm, and stable mental and emotional state.

There is scientific evidence that backs the benefits of meditation, for example, one study called cognitive aging and maintenance of attention improvement conducted on 2018 proved that meditation helps to improve brain’s ability to focus now and in the future. Mindfulness meditation teaches you how to be present at that moment and learn to push out worrying and nagging thoughts that come into your mind and hence be able to experience peace even if things are not going on well.

Mindfulness meditation can also help you to sleep better if you are struggling to fall asleep as a result of the situations you are going through.

Heal from your past

Somebody once said, it’s not easy to forgive someone for what they did to you and if you manage to forgive, forgetting may not be possible. Well, it might be true to say its hard to forget but forgiveness is possible. It is a way of setting yourself free from grudges which may be affecting your ability to stay focused on the current life you are living. The best way to go about it is to accept you were hurt, release it to someone you trust, and accept to let it go and move on. It’s not easy but It’s possible. Remember that.

Journaling

Writing is one of the most proven self-help therapeutic art which is a great way of releasing stresses and worries out of your head. Some people write what is going on well in their life, or what they are grateful for or just releasing the stressful situations to the paper and burning it up as a symbol of letting the thoughts find their way out.

Deal with fear

Currently, we are facing a lot of uncertainties and the fear of the unknown. Covid-19 has pressed us to the reality of the unexpected outcomes, unwelcome circumstances, and fear and anxieties seemed to be threatening our survival techniques.

Fear is an unpleasant emotion or a feeling we generate as a result of threat or danger,  pain, or harm and it can be real or imagined. Excessive fear is what is called anxiety, it is characterized by feeling worried and stressed over a circumstance or situation for a long time

“It’s fear of the outcome, not the outcome itself that gives you anxiety”. Rhodah less

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Fear is inevitable everyone can experience it at any given time. We therefore may not be able to stop feeling fearful but we can control what fear does in our territory. It should be about how to welcome the visitor and let them leave as soon as possible so that you can get back to your business (Rhodah, 2019).

Here are the practical ways of dealing with COVID generated fear, worry and anxiety

Thank you for reading this article, I hope you found it helpful. Hit the comment button and let me hear your thoughts on the topic. Stay Safe and keep mentally fit.


2 Comments

Lawrence lokitoe · July 10, 2020 at 9:08 pm

Mindfulness meditation is really helpful. Human thoughts are like an unchained monkey, they jump from one place to another without control. The shifting is what causes anxiety and doesn’t allow us to appreciate the present.
Nice piece😊

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