Finding Inner Peace During Difficult Times

Establishing a sense of inner peace and calm is one of the most important things we can do to live a life full of joy and wellness, but for many of us it can feel like an impossibility. This is especially true when times are tough, which they inevitably are during different periods of everyone’s life. With the world currently in the midst of a global crisis, it’s no wonder why people everywhere are finding it difficult to dwell within the peace that resides in all of us.

Thankfully, finding inner peace does not have to be an overwhelming task. In this blog post, I share five simple practices to help you reestablish a sense of inner peace during difficult times. If you’re looking for even more practical, effective tips on everyday mindfulness and wellness, check out my seven-series audio course, The Journey to Joy. Each course includes a free printable daily dot journal and mini guided meditation to help you improve your mindfulness practice. Read on to learn how to find inner peace during the current lockdown and register now to free yourself from self-judgement and begin living a life full or joy, purpose, and fulfillment.

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Practice Radical Acceptance

Radical acceptance is all about accepting life on its own terms. It’s about learning to let go of resistance to things you cannot or choose not to change. It’s about saying YES to life, just as it is in this moment.

Life is hard enough as it is, so you don’t have to keep piling on the pressure for yourself and the world to be “perfect.” It’s important to acknowledge and accept things as they are instead of as you hoped they would be. Try to ignore all of the talk currently going on about having to use this time to complete some big life project or learn a new language or get in the best shape of your life. Yes, taking time for personal pursuits is important, but in reality this time is actually more stressful for most of us than before the lockdown began.

Right now, in this moment, you are EXACTLY where you need to be. Let go of expectation. Embrace yourself just as you are, right here, right now.

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Set Limits

With the above in mind, ask yourself what you are able to do right now and answer honestly. No longer feel up to that 5K-a-day goal you made for yourself last month? That’s okay. Reel that back to running a mile a day, or wherever else you feel like it’s plausible to start. Getting overwhelmed by work emails or missed calls? Set a limit on how much Internet and social media time you want to give yourself each day, and don’t be afraid to say no if you’re overwhelmed by virtual engagements.

It’s important to be honest with yourself about what you are and are not capable enough of, and to accept that reality rather than wish it was otherwise. Setting boundaries is an essential part of living a joy-filled life. Make a point to stand up for yourself by letting go of things that are not so important right now, and focusing on what is.

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Open Up to Someone You Trust

Everywhere, people are talking about the importance of social connection during this difficult time, and for good reason. All of us need love from ourselves and others in order to get by. One thing that can bring us strength during this crisis is the fact that we’re all in it together. If you think you’re the only experiencing loneliness, isolation, frustration or even anger, I promise that you’re not.

Even if you have social anxiety, it’s important to take some time to reach out to someone you trust and share how you’re feeling, even if that’s just in the form of a text message. Likely, you’ll find that you are not alone in experiencing these turbulent emotions. Knowing that someone else is going through the same thing that you are can be incredibly cathartic for both of you. While this knowledge may not necessarily be able to pull you out of your dark place altogether, it certainly will help bring a little light.

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Take a Step Back

When you’re caught up in the middle of something difficult, it can easily seem like that’s the way that things always have been, and always will be. It’s important to remind yourself that that’s not true and this, too, will pass.

Step back and observe yourself as you take in each moment, radically accepting what comes your way. Simply notice any pain you experience, and remind yourself that that pain is not you. Although this may seem difficult, remind yourself of times when you were less resilient, less strong. You’ve come so far, and it’s important to acknowledge and celebrate that. You’ve made it through so many storms before, and you will do so again. You are strong. You are brave. And the world is here to support you.

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Give Yourself Time

Things aren’t simply going to go back to the way they were before all this began, in spite of the fact that we may want them to, and that can be a tough realization to swallow. This is a marathon, not a sprint, so it’s important to give yourself all the time you need to take that in and recognize and honor how this time will change your life moving forward.

Don’t let others force you to “get over it” or give you an unrealistic time frame for healing. Take a mental health day off work, if you need to and that is something that your job will allow. Take each day breath by breath, step by step. Eventually, your wounds will become scars, and scars are what make us unique and beautiful. Give yourself permission to heal.

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