5 Tips To Finding Inner Peace

Finding inner peace is a major preoccupation in our fast-paced, often stressful modern society.

When things don’t go according to plan, it’s all too simple to fall into negative patterns of thinking and behaviour which affect our equilibrium.

Here are our five top tips to getting back on track.

1) Accept what you can’t control

You cannot control everything that happens to you, but you can control how you react to it.

Unfortunately, many of us struggle with true self-acceptance, let alone acceptance of our situations and our feelings.

Understanding that much of life is beyond our control allows us to stop beating ourselves up or blaming the world for things which have happened, and begin instead to live a life which truly reflects our ideals, purpose and personality.

Breathe, accept, and then let go.

2) Get active

Activity has been shown to have a mood-boosting effect in numerous scientific studies.

The endorphin rushes you feel when you take part in a physical activity of your choice helps you to maintain a healthy body, whilst doing your brain a few favours, too.

3) Spend more time outdoors

Spending more time in nature is a great way of ensuring you escape everyday stresses and strains and connect with a simpler way of life, away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

You could achieve this in many ways, from scheduling a daily walk in a scenic area, to planning a weekend getaway to your favourite nature-rich spot.

4) Practice gratitude

No matter what else is happening in our lives, we all have reasons to be grateful, and things to smile about.

No life is perfect, and no life is without trials and difficulties.

Learning how to handle these difficulties, rather than avoiding them altogether, is the basis of most spiritual teachings and religious beliefs, as human experience is in many ways as universal as it is unique.

Remember to count your blessings, and think of all you must be truly grateful for.

5) Give your time freely

Volunteering your time to a cause you believe in elevates you above struggle and connects you to a higher purpose.

Humans are social creatures, and tend to be most at peace when helping each other out.

Whether undertaking official volunteering at a shelter or a charity shop, or simply offering to help a neighbour in need, think of how much good you could achieve and how valued you are, and the inner peace that realisation brings.

Stephen Coleclough

Stephen Coleclough is a leading international tax adviser who specialises in dealing with ultra high net worth individuals.

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