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How to find peace when your mind won’t stop

You’re not alone if you’ve ever felt frustrated by inconsistent meditation or relaxation practices. Consistency can be elusive even when you know meditation has profound benefits for mind and body relaxation. Also, sitting quietly with our thoughts is not always easy, especially when our thoughts are wired to the negative. This can make relaxation techniques seem daunting, like learning a new language; the truth is that we’re already equipped with everything we need for peace and calm. Here, we will discuss three basic techniques to begin to learn relaxation techniques.

Internal Resources:

Inside each of us lies a source of internal resources. Our breath, thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations are the anchors that can help us remain centered and live more fully in the present moment. Paying attention to these elements helps divert our focus from anxiety about the future or past regrets.

Three Stress-Reducing Habits for Daily Practice:

1. Mindful Breathing: Start and conclude your day with intentional breathing. This simple yet powerful practice grounds you, soothes the nervous system and brings you back to the present. It can be as straightforward as taking a few deep breaths upon waking and before sleeping, which can immensely contribute to a balanced mindset throughout the day.

2. Positive Affirmations: Incorporate daily affirmations into your routine to cultivate a positive mindset. Repeat phrases such as “I am calm and centered” to reshape your perspective and reduce stress. Affirmations are a gentle way to redirect your mental chatter toward more empowering and calming thoughts.

3. Physical Activity: Movement is medicine. Daily activities, such as brisk walking, stretching, or yoga, stimulate the release of endorphins, our body’s natural mood boosters. Additionally, integrating physical activity with mindful movement will enhance your ability to manage stress effectively.

Embracing these three habits can significantly elevate your well-being and give you the tools to easily navigate stress. Remember, the journey to relaxation mustn’t be complex or overwhelming. It’s about making small, consistent changes that collectively have a profound impact on your overall health.

We become more adept at fostering resilience and finding balance as we explore the six self-care practices of the Life Ideals Program—Relaxation, Thought Restructuring, Social Connection, Sleep, Physical Activity, and Nutrition.

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