Protect Your Peace
These three words changed my life- “Protect your peace.” What do I mean by this? When you are protecting your peace, you are guarding your heart. When you protect your peace, you are protecting your mental health. We live in a day and age where everyone online is projecting a fake image of their life out there for the rest of the world to see. We live in a time where it’s easier than ever to compare yourself to someone else, and likely- not even a real version of them. We live in an age where you can be judged harshly and quickly by trolls behind anonymous keyboards. How do you protect your peace on the internet? Are you reminding yourself of the truth? How are you protecting your peace in your daily life? Are you spending time with yourself to remind yourself of who you are?
There are tricks to help with reconnecting with yourself. There are tactics that our minds respond to to help protect our peace. Some people choose to go the route of routine, and choose an activity daily that brings them peace. Diligently, they make time for themselves and this task that helps bring them a calm mind. For some it’s prayer/meditation, quiet time with your mind and body. For me, I like to go out into nature. It feeds my soul. When I’m out in the woods, or on a hike, or climbing a mountain, that is when I feel most at peace. I know that when I get into a mental bind, I can change my environment and this changes my thoughts. You have to fight to protect your peace. Daily. Every hour, if that’s what you need.
Don’t lose yourself to stress. I have a process that I live by. This process changed my life.
The four A’s-
Appreciation— A lot of us take our life for granted. Did you know that over 150,000 people day everyday? We live as though we are promised tomorrow but we aren’t. Be thankful, go out of your way to appreciate the things in your life, and that you are still alive to have them.
Affection— A hug a day keeps depression away. Hug your family, hug your friends. This small act literally releases chemicals in your brain that help to fight depression. Prioritize affection in your life.
Accomplishment— You don’t have to do something big, even the smallest accomplishment can change the whole trajectory of your day. Start your day with something you can accomplish. I don’t care if it’s reading a book, or doing the dishes. Make sure that you are proving to yourself daily that you can, and do, accomplish things.
Activity— Movement influences movement. Just because you wake up not feeling energetic, create the energy you need to conquer your life. Take a walk, hit the gym, go out in nature. Whatever works for you.
The hardest battle in your life will never be the external, it will always be the internal battle. If you can do these four small things daily, you will be setting yourself up for a more successful life.
It all starts with you.