When I first embarked on living a peaceful life I had no idea where to start. There are so many how-to’s and guides so many with good advice but with so many options how can you choose? When it comes to problems like this I have to think about which ones align with my values. Are they kind? Will they make me a better person? And do they inspire peace? If the answer is yes to all three then that means it’s for me! I used those articles as a blueprint and as I continued in my journey I created my own set of rules.
The following rules are ones that I follow on my peaceful path to guide me through life. They help me keep my mind clear and keep me focused on my goal in life, to be happy. If you’re just starting out living a peaceful life and living more mindfully I would encourage you to read my 10 rules to living a peaceful to help you start out on your journey.
10 Rules To Living A Peaceful Life
- Take care of yourself like you would someone else – We often take care of others a lot better than you take care of ourselves. We can see the wrong turns or give better advice to others than the ones we take. So look at yourself from an outsider’s perspective. Would how you treat and talk to yourself change? If so, maybe it’s time to love yourself just a little bit more.
- Befriend your biggest cheerleaders– We tend to keep people around for the historic role they play in our life not necessarily the people who want the best for us or people who really support us. History is the past, it does not dictate our future. This is not me telling you to ditch all your friends but if you’re not able to share your passions and they encourage you to reach for them, do you really want them in your life?
- Work Toward Being A Better Verison Of Yourself Not Keeping Up With Others– You never know what’s really going on with other people’s lives. No one puts their whole truth online and no one really tells the entire story, most people only tell you what they want you to know. With that in mind focus on bettering your own life and keep on that path.
- Don’t judge others remember you’re not perfect– Judging others is something we as humans do naturally, we don’t mean to it just happens. We must stop this mindset in its tracks when we feel a judgemental thought coming along in our minds. Stop and remember they’re doing their best and living their life how they best see fit, as are you.
- Spend Time in Nature-It has been proven that spending time in nature can improve your mood, help in cognitive thinking, and overall wellness. I know after a hike or even time spent in the back yard I feel way more at peace and my mind feels clearer and more open. If you’re not able to do either then try in-house gardening and touch soil every now and again it’s amazing, here are some plants to get you started.
- Set Boundaries – This is easier said than done but you need to set boundaries with everyone and not share your entire life with any and everyone that comes around. It’s hard especially if you’re an over-sharer like me but for your mental health, it’s necessary. Sometimes you can share with friends, other times it’s best to keep it between you and a journal.
- Life is a journey, not a destination – Don’t treat life like something that you have to tackle it’s life, not a mission. You can take it slow or go fast it’s all up to you. But don’t get discouraged if something doesn’t work out, you can start over. Many people say life is short but it’s the longest thing you’ll ever do, you have complete control over it. Live it lovingly and full of light and that is something you don’t need a lot to do it’s a mindset that I teach through this site.
- Live your truth – Be you and live your life how you see fit. I know it’s another thing that’s easier said than done. You have to find yourself, your true self, not the person you just represent to the world but who you are inside and live as them. That’s the biggest issue I see in the world and I reference it in my post ‘Stop living for the good answers’ you can’t live for others or who others want you to be, you have to be you that’s the biggest part of living a peaceful life. It’s knowing and loving yourself.
- Understand everyone has opportunities – Love yourself but understand you, as does everyone, has flaws. We are all human and we are not perfect loving yourself and accepting yourself doesn’t mean that you stop trying to change. To Love means you accept yourself, it means regardless at the end of the day no matter what happens you are here for you. Loving yourself enough to change means you love yourself and you support yourself no matter what but you realize you have some opportunity. Accept change, it’s not always bad and if things always stayed as they were we would still be living in caves.
- Find A Hobby– Hobbies are something that brings you joy and help you live a more peaceful life. So many people don’t have hobbies, but many have side hustles. Find something that you love and enjoy doing for fun. It will help you in the long run and when you find something that you truly enjoy just to enjoy well right there is your little bit of happiness.