How to Find Peace of Mind

How to Find Peace of Mind

Peace of mind refers to the state of inner calm, tranquility, and contentment. It’s a sense of mental and emotional well-being where one feels free from stress, anxiety, or worry. It can be fleeting and thus is something to always work towards.

But the more often you experience peace of mind, the more inner peace you will have all the time. The ultimate goal, having inner peace is what allows us to be present in and value each moment in life as they unfold.

Achieving peace of mind involves finding a sense of balance in life, managing stress effectively, practicing mindfulness or meditation, nurturing positive relationships and having a sense of purpose or fulfillment.

For all of these factors, there are mindset, lifestyle and productivity hacks that can allow one to achieve this state more often.

And even more importantly, there are methods to turning those situations beyond our control into opportunities to learn and grow from. 

While it may seem unattainable in certain circumstances, finding peace of mind can really be as simple as choosing to embrace a situation with love and not fear. What does this mean?

It means giving your all and doing your best, giving people and situations the benefit of doubt and opting for the best scenario. It also means finding the hidden lessons in negative situations and trusting in the universe that positivity will arise. In other words: choosing love and not fear is how you can achieve peace of mind.

And learning how to achieve peace of mind is how to build upon your foundation of inner peace: which is that deep sense of tranquility, harmony, and calmness that comes from within oneself. It’s a state of being where one feels balanced, centered, and content regardless of external circumstances.

Methods to Find Peace of Mind

Methods to Find Peace of Mind

Finding peace of mind involves cultivating a sense of calmness, contentment, and clarity amidst life’s challenges and uncertainties. 

Here are ten steps you can take to find peace of mind:

Know Your Purpose

Have a vision and mission for what you want to achieve in every area of your life: you personal self, your professional role and for how you show up for your community. Be aware of your values and align your lifestyle accordingly. 

Abide By the Four Agreements

Be Impeccable with Your Word. Don’t Take Anything Personally. Don’t Make Assumptions. Always Do Your Best.

These are the four rules to live by based on Toltec wisdom revealed in the book The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz. Living according to these rules, can shift your perspective and foster a sense of contentment and peace.

Practice Mindfulness

Engage in mindfulness practices such as gratitude, journaling, meditation, or mindful awareness of the present moment.

These practices can help you become more grounded and centered and focused on the positive things in life, which reduces stress, builds resilience and promotes emotional well-being.

Acceptance

Practice acceptance of things that are beyond your control. Let go of the need to constantly resist or change external circumstances and instead focus on accepting things as they are. Acceptance does not mean resignation but rather acknowledging reality and choosing to respond with equanimity and grace.

Accountability

Hold yourself accountable for what you can change rather than falling into a victim mindset. Choose the growth-oriented accountability loop vs. the fixed mindset victim loop and seek out solutions when faced with challenges rather than evade them.  

Manage Stress

Manage Stress

Identify sources of stress in your life and take proactive steps to manage them. This might involve setting boundaries, prioritizing tasks, delegating responsibilities, or practicing relaxation techniques such as yoga, deep breathing techniques, cold plunges or progressive muscle relaxation.

Have a restart routine, which are things you enjoy doing that make you feel good such as getting a massage, and do them when you feel your energy starting to wane.

Streamline Your Life

Reduce clutter and distractions in your environment and schedule. Make Inbox Zero, which is basically dealing with all of your emails a regular practice and focus on your metaphorical $1,000 dollar task, versus the lesser valued, $100 and $10 dollar ones.

Prioritize activities and commitments that align with your values and bring you joy and fulfillment.

As the Derek Sivers quote goes: If it’s not a Hell Yes! It’s a No!” Simplifying your life can help create space for peace of mind to flourish. 

Do What Makes You Happy

Make time for activities that bring you joy, whether it’s reading, painting, gardening, or playing music. Knowing the hobbies and interests that you’re passionate about and actively participating in them can help reduce stress and promote a sense of peace and fulfillment.

Don’t Do Your Not-To-Do List

Be aware of the activities and social connections that do not serve you and avoid them like the plague. Our habits are everything, they are the reason we are where we are in life and they are how we are going to change that.

There is also the concept that we are the culmination of the five people we spend the most time with and the same can be said for what we spend our money on. Know what you want and don’t do the things that hinder it. 

Planning and Productivity

Planning and Productivity

Let’s say it again: our habits are everything. Planning for our habits and ultimately our goals and working towards them using the habit formation and productivity methods that work best for you is how to ensure you are optimizing your time, which is yet just another form of achieving peace of mind. 

Finding peace of mind is a journey that involves self-awareness, self-care, and intentional practices aimed at cultivating a sense of inner calm and well-being.

Peace of mind may be transient, experienced momentarily or intermittently, but with practice it can become your dominating state of mind. It’s about self-reflection, and cultivating positive attitudes, and practices that allow you to let go of negative emotions, attachments, and judgments, and embrace a mindset of acceptance, gratitude, and compassion.

It’s about choosing love as your perspective and not fear, which with consistency is the way to live your life with inner peace.