The Jessica Diaries

The Jessica Diaries: Choose Peace

Peace of mind…what does having it feel like for you?

For me having mental peace is usually associated with making my own decisions and feeling good about them, filling my days with what (or who) makes me happy and being able to rest and just soak in the moment without any interruptions. I like to have time to think about things and truly process them without being rushed or pressured to go in a certain direction.

By definition, peace of mind is a state of mental and emotional calmness void of any worries, stress or fears. When you’re able to have mental peace you’re automatically happier and you feel more free.

Is it just me or does having mental peace seem like something we’re always after, an endpoint…as if it’s not readily available to us right now? I think we feel that way because we don’t always choose peace. One of my best friends taught me a long time ago about making choices and what I learned from our conversations is that everything – literally everything – is a choice. Until we make mental peace a priority by choosing it above other things, we’ll always be on the search for it.

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Lately I’ve been the opposite of mentally peaceful – I’ve been mentally fatigued.

Being an entrepreneur is loads of fun and the lifestyle can be very glamorous and appealing as and when you’re on the outside looking in. Believe it or not, there is a lot that goes on behind the scenes that makes being your own boss really stressful. People not paying you on time (or at all), being constantly asked to do things for free when you have bills just like the next person, having a shitload of work to do every waking hour of the day and the list goes on. Add those things to the daily responsibilities and stresses of life, people constantly sharing their opinions about your every move, the overwhelming amount of negative news being shared in various forms and your own personal challenges and situations and you have yourself a recipe for mental angst.

The weekends are golden for me because I get an opportunity to check out of everything that’s going on in the world for my coveted “me time.” This is when I write, create and block out time to just be alone. This past weekend I focused on creating peace of mind and figuring out how to keep it.

Here are a few ways you can create peace:

  • Meditation
  • Clean up who you’re following on social media
  • Write down what’s weighing you down mentally and then figure out how to let those things go and/or accept the things you can’t change
  • Create art – it can be a song, poem, drawing, etc.
  • Clean up your home
  • Create a list of all your blessings and what you’re appreciative of
  • Read a book
  • Have fun with someone you love
  • Volunteer
  • Do something nice for someone just because

I’m looking forward to how making more of an effort to create peace is going to affect my life in the coming days. I’m not sure if I’ll be sharing them on my website or not but I’ll try to keep you all posted on my Facebook page. Let me know if you’re going to choose peace with me!

What is your favorite way to create peace? Share in the comments section below.

 

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