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A peaceful mind isn't something you can achieve like a diploma you earned in high school. Your mind is subtle, sensitive, and easily disturbed, and to be peaceful it needs your help.
Everything in and around our minds is changing constantly. Why be surprised when we have a bad day, a sad day, an anxious spell, or a stressful week, month, or even year. That's life. Life comes with stress and anxiety, it comes with illness, and it comes with adversity.
This is not meant to sound depressing. Just real. When you acknowledge the facts you are in a stronger place to work with them as best you can.
A Peaceful Mind is Free from Expectations
Instead of thinking there's something wrong with you when you are having a hard time with your head, you might feel comforted to know that you are not alone. Everyone struggles with stress and anxiety at some time in their lives.
Instead of thinking that you are suffering a relapse when you thought you were over anxiety, know that things are in a constant state of change and that expecting to never feel anxious again is unreasonable.
Rather than expecting to always feel well, we should understand that illness and adversity are part of life, that attitude helps us treasure the good days and make sure we make the very best of them.
Having acknowledged that stuff happens whether we like it or not, there is great comfort to be found in knowing how to help your mind cope better with whatever life throws up around you.
Lessons from Fit Folk
We can't expect to be physically healthy if we make poor food choices, and sit around indoors without getting fresh air and moving our bodies.
People who make fitness a priority are working toward maintaining their health every day. They are careful about what they eat and they give high priority to their exercise of choice.
I know of one gentleman who, after suffering a severe stroke, has to exercise for two hours a day just to be able to function. He is committed to his mission in life and so he makes it his daily priority to do the exercises that help him sit, eat and breathe. Every day two hours a day. If he stops his body will quickly slide into an unusable condition.
It's commonly understood that fitness comes from effort. It comes from doing something to maintain our health every day. But what's seldom considered is mental fitness.
Peace of Mind has to be Cultivated
What are you doing on a daily basis to keep your mind healthy?
As with physical health a few tweaks and improved choices can make all the difference.
I keep the telephone of my mind open to peace, harmony, health, love and abundance. Then whenever doubt, anxiety, or fear try to call me, they keep getting a busy signal and soon they'll forget my number. Edith Armstrong
3 Ways to Create a More Peaceful Mind
Food for Thought
One key factor in physical health is avoiding junk food. For mental health it's important to avoid junk impressions: dramatic TV, movies or video games and negative news. All these things have to be digested by your mind, and they will come out in your dreams or in unwelcome mental states.
Feed your mind fresh, uplifting "food for thought" and you will soon begin to feel the difference.
Busy as we are, it's good to know that in some areas you can look after your body and your mind at the same time. Mindful Walking is one of the best ways to give your body and your mind some exercise and relaxation.
Swimming, tai chi, and yoga are other valuable ways to care for your body and mind together. The more your bring your attention and awareness to whatever exercise you choose, the more peaceful your mind will become.
For relief from anxiety relaxation is essential. Anxiety and relaxation are complete opposites, you can't experience one when you are experiencing the other. Knowing that it's easy to see why it's so hard for many anxiety sufferers to relax. How can you relax when your stomach is churning and your head is full of anxious thoughts?
This is where guided relaxation exercises can help. Instead of struggling with trying to relax, you can put yourself in the hands of an expert who knows how to help you feel calm and relaxed after just a few minutes of listening.
By taking a few minutes at the end of each day to follow a relaxation process you can relax your body, clear your mind and enjoy more peaceful sleep - which are all valuable parts in the process of creating a peaceful mind.
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The Anxiety Rescue Kit: daily resources and relaxations for difficult times