Calm and Peaceful Mind

Discussion in 'Parent Emeritus' started by Tanya M, Apr 7, 2015.

  1. Tanya M

    Tanya M Living with an attitude of gratitude Staff Member

    It is so important to always seek ways to learn how to calm our minds and relieve stress. It is a known fact that stress can have an adverse effect on our physical and mental health. When we deal with our Difficult Child stress is sure to follow. How we deal with that stress can make all the difference in our physical and mental health.

    The following is from Lifehack.org

    Make time to meditate

    Meditation has a number of positive effects on mind and body. It’s also deceptively hard, which is why many people try it once or twice but struggle to make it a regular habit. Meditation helps combat the physical and emotional affects of stress and has lasting benefits that affect your productivity, as well as your ability to relax. Set aside time to meditate for just 10 minutes a day over the next week or two and experience the benefits for yourself.

    Focus on gratitude
    When we’re facing a series of challenges, it can be easy to slip into tunnel vision and focus on what’s going wrong at the expense of noticing what’s going well. Even taking the time to write down just three things each day that we feel grateful for can help reinstate a balanced perspective on our day-to-day experience.

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    Notice internal judgements
    While many of us fear judgement from others, the harshest criticisms we experience are often self-inflicted. Nothing clutters and stresses the mind like internal self-judgements, so pay attention to your thought patterns and notice when your inner critic rears up. Being aware of these thoughts as they occur is the first, and most important, step towards replacing criticism with calm.

    Practice self-compassion
    Once we are able to notice our self-criticisms and judgements in the moment, we have a chance to practice self-compassion. This means acknowledging and accepting reality, and extending the same kind of compassion to ourselves that we would to a good friend in our situation. In doing this, we stop measuring ourselves against different standards compared to other people.

    Distance yourself from negative self-talk and beliefs
    We can’t necessarily stop ourselves experiencing negative self-talk and beliefs but we can distance ourselves from them. Using the phrase “I notice that…[I'm judging myself harshly for forgetting that file this morning]” whenever we identify a negative self-judgement or belief helps us see these beliefs for what they really are: opinions, rather than facts.

    Set routines
    Setting routines might sound like a recipe for boredom but it actually helps instil a day-to-day sense of peace in our minds. When we have set routines, we have less decisions to make during the day. This frees up space in our minds for bigger, more important tasks.

    Keep a journal
    Journaling is a great way to get our thoughts out of our heads and onto paper. Writing down our most pressing thoughts and worries each day has a similar effect to talking to someone about them. By making time to journal, you’re giving yourself the chance to process your thoughts and feelings, and to express them in a safe, private space.

    Create a to-do list
    Similar to journaling, writing down your tasks and projects helps clear your mind. If you find that various activities and reminders keep popping into your head and distracting you from the task at hand, a system like Getting Things Done can help increase your productivity and your mental calm.

    Exercise
    It’s a well-known fact that exercise augments our sense of mental well-being. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, exercising for just 10 minutes can release endorphins, pain-killing chemicals that help induce a state of mental and physical peace.

    Experiment
    Finally, it’s important to remember that everyone is different. What helps one person find peace and calm might have the opposite effect on the next. As you go about your day, notice the times when you feel most at ease and make note of what you’re doing at that time. Experiment with the methods above, as well as your own suggestions, and create your own list of activities that help your mind find clarity and relaxation.
     
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  2. Lil

    Lil Well-Known Member

    Thanks for posting this. I expect I'll be going back to it every little bit.
     
  3. SomewhereOutThere

    SomewhereOutThere Well-Known Member

    Thanks, Tanya. A good reminder for me that a peaceful life, one of contentment, is the best way to be happy. Meditation is the best.
     
  4. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    A friend gave me a book on tea and meditation. The history is that a monk was concerned with all of the fighting in Japan around 1100 AD, and traveled to China to study their techniques.
    He found that they drank tea. They were healthy and long-lived, and they could stay awake during meditation.
    Aha! Caffeine and meditation!
    It took several hundred yrs for it to become ritualized, but it eventually created an entire movement and changed the culture.
    :meditating:
     
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