In this month’s guest blog for International Stress Awareness Week, Anne Williams provides her top six tips to find peace in an intense world.
Why we need to find peace in an intense world
This year has been a lot to handle, and you’re not alone if you’re struggling to find peace in an intense world. The stresses and uncertainty of COVID-19, with still no end in sight, have had a detrimental effect on people’s mental health – and it’s no surprise. Amidst all the chaos, however, it’s important to ground yourself and find some measure of peace to give you the strength to weather the storm. Of course, perfecting the art of grounding oneself is easier said than done. So if you’re wondering where to start, then you’ve come to the right place!
Mental health can be a minefield to navigate. Whether you’ve suffered from anxiety, depression, or another mental health condition long-term or have recently developed symptoms, it’s important to know that you are not alone. Millions of people face similar struggles every day, especially in the current climate. Hormonal changes could even have a part to play, as this can also affect your mental health. To help combat external stressors and get to grips with the new normal here are my 6 top tips.
1. Practise mindfulness
Cultivate peace from within by practising the art of mindfulness. From meditation to daily affirmations, there are several ways that doing so could help lift your spirits and help you clear your mind. There are several apps that can help you. You can read an article about the top 12 that help during a crisis in The Independent.
2. Exercise and Movement
Regular exercise helps to release endorphins and other feel-good chemicals that can give your mood a real boost. Plus, if you choose to exercise outside, immersing yourself in nature can have seriously positive impacts on your mental health.
Podcast resource: Self-Care September and Movement with Versha Patel
3. Start a journal
Nothing helps to quiet a racing mind quite like putting all those thoughts down on paper. By keeping a regular journal, you can have a productive outlet for all of your thoughts and feelings, helping you to get things off your chest. Best of all, it can also help you notice patterns in your thoughts or behaviours so you can learn what your specific triggers are and how to avoid them.
4. Switch off from technology when you can
In today’s connected world, it can be hard to stop scrolling and put your phone down. But constant communication can lead to information overload, which is overwhelming for anyone. Try to cut down your screen time and you’ll soon feel more present and less bombarded by external stressors.
Podcast resource: Social Media and Mental Health Help or Hindrance?
5. Prioritise self-care
In today’s fast world, we often forget to take care of ourselves or focus on doing things that make us happy. Prioritise fitting in what makes you happy or relaxed, whether that’s taking a walk or reading a good book. Whatever your happy place looks like, make it a point to go there as often as you can.
Podcast Resource: Resilience and Mental Health
6. Don’t be afraid to seek help
If you’ve tried some of the above methods and are still struggling, then don’t be afraid to seek help. Talking to a trusted friend, family member, or healthcare professional can help set you on the right path to feeling yourself again.
Remember, there is no right way to find inner peace amidst the chaos of the outside world, only the right way for you. Once you find it, hold onto it and trust that you can get through whatever life throws your way.
About Guest Blogger Anne author of How to Find Peace in an Intense World.