We’re living in a really volatile time. Where things can be unpredictable and dangerous all at the same time. For me, nothing’s more uncomfortable than uncertainty. I normally use traveling as a way to get away and decompress. Unfortunately, that’s been halted. During these last few months, I’ve learned new ways to hone the practice of protecting my peace at all costs.
Are you struggling to maintain your peace during this chaotic time? Do you find yourself feeling out of sorts and battling a negative mindset? I’ve been there and if you find yourself in the same situation here are five strategies that I practice to maintain my personal peace.
I’ve mentioned to you guys before that I love to start my mornings reading devotionals and my favorite scriptures. They serve as my personal affirmations for the day and start me off on the right foot.
I’m not a morning person (at all) so it’s extremely important that I make an effort to being my day with positivity. When I forget to implement my quiet time into my morning routine, my days feel off leaving me frazzled which is the opposite of peace. So, I try to avoid that at all costs.
On the Bible app, there are so many devotionals covering subjects from depression to entrepreneurship. Find a devotional that fits the season of your life and take some time to digest the content. You’ll be surprised how it uplifts your mood!
Getting married has taught me how to set boundaries like never before. When you have a six-month turnaround between your engagement and your wedding you learn to draw the line on what you’re willing to put up with. While setting boundaries can be uncomfortable (for some) it’s necessary. Setting boundaries with the people around me helped me realize when to engage in conflict-resolution and when to let things ride.
As a result, I learned how to discern who had my best interest at heart and who just wanted to stir the pot at every opportunity. Setting boundaries on who you’ll hang out with, how you let people talk to you, and the events you’ll attend, will change your outlook on your social life. Often times the people or things that disturb our peace are right under our nose. Prioritize your peace and set a few boundaries.
Learn to Rest
I told you guys on Tuesday how that migraine almost took me out! Even after dealing with all of that pain I still felt bad about missing personal deadlines. If you’re like me then, you’ll run around doing all the things until you fall out. We forget that our bodies will tap out on us. Whether its a migraine, a cold, or fatigue, your body will find a way to let you know that you need rest.
If you run on a tight schedule, then you should schedule rest into your routine. Which leads me to my next point!
Have a Schedule
We chatted about the importance of having a schedule in my “6 tips for a productive Morning” blog post. So we know that schedules play a crucial part in having a productive day. They can help you prioritize the tasks on your to-do list and keep you focused.
If you haven’t made a schedule for yourself you need to create one ASAP, especially if you work from home. There’s already the constant fight between what’s considered “work” tasks and what’s considered “home” tasks. Before you know it, a whole day has gone by and you feel like you’ve gotten nothing done.
As a planner, having structure gives me peace. I’m still fine-tuning my schedule, but I appreciate the structure it’s given me during these unpredictable times!
Spend Time with Family and Friends
Despite the social distancing restrictions COVID has caused during the last few months, I’ve appreciated the quality time that I’ve been able to spend with family and friends. It sucks that I’ve only been able to see my friends on occasion and I can’t remember the last time that I hugged my mom, but we’ve spent more time laughing and catching up than looking at our phones. For that, I’m forever grateful.
I understand that not everyone has a healthy family dynamic. In that case, spend time with your loved ones and the family that you’ve built for yourself, keeping social distancing in mind of course! There’s nothing like laughing until your stomach hurts or relaxing around the bonfire enjoying some good ole quality time. Those are the priceless moments in life. While we’re forced into slowing down our daily lives, let’s capitalize on this time and make it work for us. Let’s create dynamics that bring us peace.
I’m guilty of it and I know that you are too! We get to caught up in our day to day lives that we relinquish the control we have over our peace. No more! Now you have a few tips that help me to stay centered despite my circumstances.
What are some ways that you protect your peace?