9 Smart Ways To Protect Your Peace

A woman is sitting alone looking out at the horizon protecting her peace

Does your life sometimes feel like one large dumpster fire of chaos sometimes, or is that just me?

My life used to feel like a warzone. As a stepmother in a high-conflict situation, it sometimes felt like I was always running around dodging the next stressful grenade being thrown at me while trying to juggle my entire life at the same time.

At that time I desperately needed to protect my peace, but I didn’t know that.

If I would have known how important it was for me to do that at the time, maybe I wouldn’t have started experiencing panic attacks that lead to burnout and then stress leave from my job.

I wasn’t aware that peace was something that most people have to actively work towards at all times. I thought it was something that just happened based on your situation at the time.

I was wrong.

Luckily, there are ways to protect your peace that I am going to share below.

What does it mean to protect your peace?

Protecting your peace means that you reduce or eliminate the things that are negatively affecting you or causing you stress.

It isn’t something that happens overnight but it’s a constant process of taking inventory of your life and then making the changes you need to make to surround yourself with more calm.

9 Ways To Protect Your Peace

1. Set strong Boundaries

One of the most powerful words you can implement to protect your peace is the word “no”.

This can be a struggle if you are a people pleaser like I am. Setting and maintaining boundaries takes work, but it is necessary to keep as much peace in our lives as possible.

If we can’t say no to people when we are starting to feel overwhelmed, or when people are trying to involve us in conflict, or in something we don’t want to be involved in, this creates a lot of stress.

Remember, you don’t owe anyone anything and it is okay to walk away from a stressful situation.

2. Make Self-Care a Priority

When you do self-care the right way self-care should equal peace.

We participate in self-care activities in order to rest, recharge, and relax.

Without that self-care, our stress and anxiety will continue to grow until it becomes overwhelming.

Making self-care a priority can help us be more resilient to stress and keep calm.

3. Take Breaks From Your Phone

Do you think its a coincidence that the more that technology continues to advance, the number of people with mental health problems continues to increase?

During the pandemic, I had to make a conscious effort to limit my time on social media because everything I was seeing was so negative and stressful.

Taking a digital detox can be a good idea if you feel that social media or your electronics are overwhelming you.

It can be so easy to get caught up on your phone instead of resting, sleeping, or connecting with the people around you instead of the ones over the internet.

It would be wise to be mindful of how much time you spend on your phone and how it makes you feel.

A man looks stressed out while looking at his phone so covers his eyes to protect his peace

4. Maintain a Work/Life Balance

In the age of hustle culture, rest has become so underrated and unappreciated.

The amount of times I have heard co-workers talking about how they only got a few hours of sleep at night is scary.

Without a good balance between our job and resting, or enjoying our life, it is easy for stress to begin to climb towards overwhelm and burnout.

It is important to ensure you are making time for rest and the things that make you happy outside of work.

5. Practice Gratitude

Gratitude is like magic.

So many people roll their eyes at that (I know, I used to be one of them). But gratitude not only helps us to keep the peace in our lives but it helps to decrease stress levels and increase our happiness.

When we focus on what we are thankful for, instead of what is going wrong, our mindset shifts into more positive thinking which helps to make things more peaceful.

It helps us to let go of the negative.

6. Focus Only On What You Can Control

Everyone wishes for something to change or things to be different in your life at one time or another.

If you have ever experienced a high-conflict or high-stress situation, it’s easy to get sucked into the negativity that comes with that.

Wasting your energy attempting to get someone to understand where you are coming from, agree with you, or see things your way can sometimes do more harm than good.

It is helpful to remember that sometimes you just have to let things go and accept that you can’t control everything and everyone.

There is peace in just letting things go and accepting things for the way they are.

7. Tidy Your Space

Often times our physical environment is a reflection of what is happening inside of us. Our physical surroundings affect us internally more than we might realize.

When our environment is cluttered, it can be difficult to feel peaceful on the inside.

Messy spaces cause stress, so decluttering can actually help us to feel more peaceful and calm.

8. Practice Mindfulness

When we make an intentional effort to focus on what is happening in the current moment, instead of worrying about the past or the future, it helps to foster our inner peace.

Mindfulness helps to calm our minds and relax our bodies.

Some examples of mindfulness activities are:

9. Get Enough Sleep

Cranky toddlers aren’t the only ones whose moods are affected by the amount of sleep they’ve had.

Sometimes it can feel like our patience is proportionate to the amount of sleep we’ve had the night before, so as the amount of sleep we’ve had decreases, so does our patience.

Ensuring you get enough high-quality sleep will help to reduce stress and give you enough energy to face the day head-on.

It will also help you to remain calm and peaceful.

Final Thoughts On How To Protect Your Peace…

Protecting your peace is something that takes work on a daily basis.

By using the tips in this post, you can learn how to make peace a priority in your life and find happiness.

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