“Peace of mind is a mental state of calmness or tranquility, a freedom from worry and anxiety.” – Dictionary.com
I have increasingly felt that peace of mind is a priority in my life. I have actually craved it for many years now. At this point in my life, I feel I’ve earned it – life owes me! 😀
But, with the state of the world at the moment – chaos, pandemic, anarchy, hate, a precarious economy – I also find it increasingly difficult to reach that state.
Probably for that very reason, I do realize that I have become a bit of a recluse, and the lockdown definitely assisted me in shutting myself away from the outside world more and more. I have been asking myself what I can do to not make me feel so anxious and stressed, besides locking myself away, and I’ve come up with a few options. Whether that will help me face the world full-on again, remains to be seen.
Less social media. I have removed Facebook from my phone, so now I can only access it when I am on my laptop. I noticed that I get angry and upset every single time I scroll through the posts, and I started writing angry replies to many of them. And I was on every few minutes!!!! So, no more on-hand Facebook for me, and it is already a huge relief. Instagram does not make me upset, so for now, I’ve decided not to remove that.
I stopped watching the news on telly about a month ago. I find the fact that ‘you have to know what’s going on in the world’ is overrated! I get the gist of it the one time I’m on FB for a few minutes every day and that is more than enough for me!
I think the amount of constant stimulation we get from social media in general, is bad for peace of mind. It is a total overload to the senses, which we are really not built to cope with.
Meditation. I’ve wanted to do that for a long time as well, and decided that now is as good a time as any to start. I’ll see where that takes me, but I thought it was worth a try. I’ll let you know how that goes! 🙂
Cutting people from my life that cause me stress. Not always easy to do, but necessary. I don’t need negative influences in my life anymore.
Eating well. Also not always easy to do. I do love cooking, but it is sometimes not worth the effort when my SO* is away. But I do try and make the effort more often than not. I’m trying out different foods, like relatively new additions to my kitchen are chickpeas (not a huge fan, but it goes well with Indian style foods) and beans, which I’ve previously only used in bean soup! I still need to up my fruit intake, and the amount of water I drink per day.
I mostly do things I enjoy. Like knitting, crocheting, blogging, walking and doing something in the kitchen. I think today I’ll bake some cookies!
So, if you are feeling stressed and out of your depth, identify the source of your discomfort, and research ways to make things easier for yourself. Only you can know what will work for you.