“When you’ve seen beyond yourself, then you may find, peace of mind is waiting there.” – George Harrison
If you’re distracted by all that’s going on in your life and yearn for a little respite, some peace of mind that you can bathe in, there’s one thing you can do: get outside yourself.
While it sounds easy, however, it’s not always so easy to do. How do you get outside yourself, put some distance between you and your ever-present concerns? Here are five tips that may prove helpful:
- Schedule some time for yourself that doesn’t involve work. It doesn’t matter what you wind up doing, only that it is some activity that makes you feel good, removes you from all the responsibilities and tasks you’ve been overwhelmed by, and gives you the time you need to recharge and rejuvenate.
- Learn to say no. This is vitally important, since taking on too much at the request of others or imposing more work on yourself is guaranteed to backfire. For one thing, there are only so many hours in the day. For another, there’s a limit to how much you can do nonstop, both physically and mentally, not to mention emotionally. By saying no, you’ll be establishing self-control and some necessary boundaries. If you desire peace of mind, get some backbone and find the courage to say no.
- Don’t wait until the end of the day to do what needs to be done. Relieving some of the pressure you put on yourself has to begin with tending to business in a timely manner. Whether it’s a work or school project or duties in the home, even social obligations you’ve accepted, putting off until later is not recommended. Get an early start on what you need to do. That way you’ll not feel so pressured at the end of the day. You’ll also be more inclined to feel good about taking some time for yourself after your work is done.
- Put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Not literally, of course, but when you try to see life as someone else does, things look quite a bit different. You may come away from this exercise with a better appreciation of what you have in your own life. If you can provide some assistance to a person who needs it without being asked, this act of selflessness and generosity will add to your peace of mind.
- Establish a network of true friends. When you take the time to be with people you enjoy spending time with, life seems better. It’s less tumultuous, stressful and obligatory and more fun, genuine and restorative. What better way to find peace of mind than to establish a network of true friends – and then do things with them?
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