Most people focus their lives on achieving physical, mental, or financial wellness that they often overlook another important aspect of life – spiritual wellness. As people struggle to work on responsibilities and achieve goals on a day-to-day basis, they encounter stressors in the form of household chores, school assignments, peer pressure, career progress, and so forth. Unconsciously, their spiritual faculties gradually wither away. Here are 5 ways you can achieve inner peace once again.
1 The Magic of Sound
If you feel anxious or overwhelmed, a good technique to do is to close your eyes and listen to the sounds around you. It is best to listen to natural sounds rather than slip on your earphones and blast your ears with some rock and roll tracks. Go somewhere that’s peaceful like a nearby park or even your backyard. Listen to every audible detail, such as the chirping of birds or the sound of tree leaves as breeze brush through them.
2 Have Compassion
Connecting with the human condition, especially those who are suffering, allows a person to feel more relaxed and supported. Open your heart to fellow people with compassion. You can express this by giving support to a patient undergoing chemotherapy or a relative whose marriage is on the verge of collapse. Doing some volunteer work for the poor and needy can also provide some much needed peace inside you.
Picture yourself in a place you feel most comfortable in, whether it’s a retreat house miles from your home or the very bedroom you sleep in. Visualize the things you hear, see, smell, and feel while you’re in that special place. If done properly, visualization can quickly uplift your mood and provide a refreshing perspective. Visualizing is also a good mental technique to boost memory retention.
4 Be Active
A passive lifestyle can lead to stress and depression. Build inner peace by spending time learning a new language, traveling, or playing sports. In fact, studies show that sports activities like golfing can actually elicit meditation that allows the person to overcome their problems. If you’re not a sports fan, you can look for other hobbies, such as cooking, knitting, or starting a home project.
5 Breathe Properly
Deep breathing techniques are another great way to reduce stress. Use breath as an object of focus when meditating. Spend some time counting your breath from 1 to 10 and then back. Doing so reverts your mind to a peaceful stillness. There are different ways deep breathing is performed. The simplest among them would be to find a comfortable position either laying or sitting. Close your eyes and place one hand on your stomach and the other on your chest. Try to synchronize the rise and fall of your chest and belly.
Whenever you’re in a bad mood, perform these techniques to regain inner peace and vitality. Over time, you’ll find that such techniques can benefit you in more ways than one.
Informational credit to Riverview Golf Course.
Author Bio: Erika Remmington is a freelance writer from Santa Cruz, California, and a recent graduate from the University of California, Berkeley in linguistics. She is an avid rock climber who loves nature, trail running, and to spend time with her husband and daughter.