Protecting your piece is not something that you can accomplish in one day. It’s a lifelong journey, removing things from your life, making changes, and developing skills to make yourself more at ease in your life.
There are four ways that you can begin to cultivate your safe space internally and externally.
1. Pay attention to your triggers
Does a certain person always call you anxiety? Do certain topics spike your blood pressure? You certainly environment make you feel overwhelmed and irritable? It’s important to pay attention to the things that make you feel bad. If a person, topic, or place, makes you feel crazy or out of sorts, limit your exposure to those things, or stay away from them completely.
You may also find that you have certain bad habits that are disrupting your peace. Take an honest look at your life, acknowledge what’s working and what not, and start working to make necessary changes in the name of peace.
2. Let go of negative people
While this point relates to the tip above, it deserves its own highlight. As other people are hands-down the biggest threat to your inner peace. Start paying attention to how people in your life behave and make you feel. Are you around people who do nothing but complain? Are you in a relationship with someone who always put you down? Do you have a friend that is gossipy and self-absorbed having people in your life that constantly focused on the negative or treat you poorly is a sure fire way to destroy your peace and potentially affect the direction of your life. Choose your company wisely, and do not be afraid to cut someone out of your life that bring you down. If you can’t completely stop contact with a specific person, find away to limit how much time you spend around them or confront them about how they make you feel.
3. Reduce your media consumption
A big source of negativity comes from social media and the news. It can be easy to fall into a comparison trap and so from social media that can increase levels of anxiety, depression, and feeling of insecurity. News, is another piece of zapper that essentially is a never ending stream of mostly bad or threatening things that we have a little or no control over. How could you possibly feel at peace when you’re constantly tuned in to these types of media sources? Limit your media consumption to a couple short sessions today (10 minutes or less each), or try cutting it out altogether for a week or two. You’ll be amazed at how much more peaceful you feel.
4. Make time for yourself
Sometimes, we simply can’t control who or what surrounds us. If that’s the case for you currently, be sure to prioritize making time for yourself. Find some alone, time away from the busy world or something else that Soothes and releases stress. You could go for a walk or run, do you know your thoughts and feelings, go for a bike ride go to the gym, take a nice bath, cook a healthy meal, watch your favorite TV show, meditate, or even take a nap – whatever puts you at ease and lifts you up.
Make Changes Where You Can
While we can’t control what people do or what happens in the world, we can’t control how we react to it, and handle those things, and how we choose to spend our time. Put your peace first, no matter what that looks like. Letting go of people or things that are source of negativity won’t be easy, but your peace and well-being come first and the serenity with be well worth it.