The modern world can feel chaotic and overwhelming. It often seems like there is no peace around the next corner in life. However, this often has more to do with our internal view rather than the situations we find ourselves facing.
Finding peace within yourself is important for your mental health and your ability to function in this world. Here are some tips that can help:
Don’t dwell on the past
A tendency to dwell on past mistakes or frequently recall memories of negative events can cause a lot of inner turmoil. It’s important for you to move on from mistakes and focus on the present and what lies ahead.
And yes, you shouldn’t completely forget about mistakes because we learn from them. However, it’s important that you’re able to take the object lesson learned from a past mistake and apply it to your life now but not to dwell on the emotions that might be tied in with those moments.
Ease up on yourself
Many people in the Western world push themselves hard to reach personal goals, to achieve success in school or to climb the corporate ladder. Some people are good at balancing their lives with work, study, and rest and relaxation. However, others find this difficult.
If you fall into the latter category, then it’s time to find ways to ease up on yourself so your life has more time for rest and relaxation where your inner peace can grow. If you’re having trouble finding time to find peace within yourself, talk to someone you can trust, like a friend, family member, pastor or therapist.
Build your house on a rock
Finding peace within yourself doesn’t lie completely within yourself. We are the creation of a loving God who wants the best for us. When we put faith and trust in Him, we are like the carpenter who built his house on a solid foundation:
“These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock. Rain poured down, the river flooded, a tornado hit — but nothing moved that house. It was fixed to the rock.
“But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a stupid carpenter who built his house on the sandy beach. When a storm rolled in and the waves came up, it collapsed like a house of cards.”
- Matthew 7:24-27 (MSG)
We’re too often like the carpenter who builds on sand. We rely too much on ourselves, substances or distractions instead of putting our faith in something solid like God. When you do this, you can begin finding peace within yourself.
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