5 Ways To Find Inner Peace When The World Is On Fire

Last updated on : June 10 2022

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Introduction

To say we're living in stressful, uncertain times would be an understatement. Turn on the news, and every day you'll see things like new potential disease threats, political discord, and even the tragedy of school shootings and formula shortages across the country. 

It's difficult for anyone to swallow, but it's putting even more pressure on women. While you might not be able to change society overnight, no matter how hard you try, there are things you can do to find a measure of peace within yourself. 

That doesn't mean you should ignore what's happening around you for your serenity. However, with a clearer, calmer mind, you can change your perspective of the world at large and may be able to make more of a difference where it's needed most. 

If finding inner peace seems next to impossible, we understand. It's chaos out there, after all. 

However, by starting small and believing that peace is possible, you can establish a sanctuary in the confines of your mind, which can help influence others and inspire you to do something more for society. 

With that in mind, let's look at five ways to find inner peace, even when it seems like the world is on fire. 

1. Turn Off And Unplug

It's important to know what's happening in our country and worldwide. However, in today's digital society, news can be at your fingertips all day long, and it might often be hard to escape all the negative stories and tragedies. 

Again, it would be best if you didn't ignore what's happening to lead a more peaceful life. However, stepping away for a little while each day is okay to give yourself time to process and "disconnect" from everything. If you don't, you'll start to feel overwhelmed and stressed, which can lead to symptoms of anxiety and depression. 

Don't just turn off the TV. That's a start, but you'll also benefit from unplugging from social media for 15 minutes a day. 

Doom scrolling isn't going to get you anywhere, and on top of seeing all of the "bad news" in your Facebook feed, you'll have to see people arguing in the comment section, adding to your stress levels. 

By doing a small "digital detox" each day, you'll have time to unwind, and you'll be less likely to feel burdened by what the media is throwing at you from every possible platform. 

2. Try Meditation Or Yoga

It's believed that between 200-500 million people meditate regularly. In the U.S., however, meditation has been stereotyped so often that many people are afraid to try it. 

The good news? 

Meditation is easier than you might think. 

Meditation is about becoming in tune with your mind and body, not just about focusing on specific chants, sitting a certain way, or making hand poses. 

You accomplish that through deep breathing and letting negative thoughts pass by rather than holding onto them as they come. 

In just a few minutes each day, you can experience the benefits of meditation, including

  • Reduced stress
  • Stronger emotional balance
  • Boosted creativity
  • Increased memory
  • Reduced anxiety and depression

Starting can be the most challenging part when it comes to meditating. Thankfully, you don't have to do it on your own. Consider following videos online with meditation instructors or downloading a meditation app to guide you through different breathing exercises and help you clear your mind. 

Yoga and meditation are two different things, but there are similar elements. 

While yoga can be a great physical workout, it's also a fantastic way to focus on deep breathing and clearing your mind. It increases mental clarity and relaxes your mind while centering your attention. 

When you start to feel overwhelmed by the chaos in society, that kind of centering can help you feel more grounded and less uncertain. 

Consider signing up for a yoga class with others. Or, if you're more comfortable doing it on your own, follow online tutorials or videos to gain a sense of mental clarity in the comfort of your home. 

3. Read Something

Reading a book

Reading is a great way to distract yourself from what's going on in the world without shutting yourself out from reality. A 2009 study found that reading can reduce stress by 68%.

While most people take reading for granted since you undoubtedly read something every day, intentional reading is different. It's something you do specifically to decompress and find some inner peace. 

No matter how busy you are, consider setting aside just 30 minutes each day to read something you think you'll enjoy, including a fiction novel, a magazine, or even a cookbook. 

Keep the following tips in mind as you choose what to read. 

  • Don't limit yourself to "popular" books
  • Read something that piques your interest
  • Don't read things that will upset you or cause more stress
  • Consider writing down your thoughts or journaling after a reading session

You can experience even more significant benefits from reading if you choose to share your thoughts or discuss a book with others. Consider joining a book club or an online community where you can talk about your feelings regarding what you've read. 

It's a great way to feel connected with people, boosting your faith in humanity and improving your mood. 

Reading and joining a book club can be especially important for stay-at-home moms who might not otherwise have much free time or social interaction. 

4. Watch A Comfort Show

Spend the time you would typically dedicate to watching the news or scrolling through social media doing something that relaxes you or provides comfort. 

If you still want to watch TV, choose a "comfort show" that allows you to immerse yourself in a different time or place. Studies have shown that comfort TV can improve your mental health, allowing you to de-stress and recharge. 

Don't feel guilty about spending an hour or two "binge-watching" your favorite show or trying a new program to get your mind off of things. Maybe you want to watch Gilmore Girls for the 100th time, or perhaps you want to see what all the fuss is about with Bridgerton. 

Sometimes, it's what you need to let go of the overwhelming chaos of society. So, why are you waiting? Press play!

5. Exercise

We all know exercise is great for your physical health. However, it can boost your mental well-being in so many ways. 

You've probably heard of a "runner's high," and it's real. It refers to the rush of dopamine and endorphins your brain releases during exercise. It instantly boosts your mood and can leave you feeling happier for hours after you're done. Plus, you don't need to be a seasoned runner to experience it, and you don't need to run a marathon to feel that mental boost. 

When you find a physical activity you enjoy, you're more likely to stick with it, so you'll reap the benefits even more. Anything from running and spinning to lifting weights or playing basketball can benefit your mental health. 

Join a dance class and shake off your stress, or sign up for a local softball league and meet new people while you stay active. The possibilities are endless, and that's one of the reasons that exercise is so beneficial – it's accessible to almost everyone. 

Some exercises can do even more to reduce your stress levels. Whether you regularly work out or try to get into a consistent regimen, try some of the following. 

  • Jumping rope
  • Aerobic exercises with dumbbells
  • Cycling
  • Tennis
  • Dancing
  • Swimming

You can get even more out of your exercise routine by working out with a friend or a group of people or listening to your favorite music. Music is another natural stress reliever and can significantly boost energy through your workout. 

Treat yourself after each workout with a healthy meal or snack, and you'll feel your best mentally and physically. 

The Purpose Of Peace

It's essential to find ways to cope with the world's chaos. If you spend too much time focusing on the negative, you're more likely to have poor mental health or lean toward harmful coping mechanisms, including overeating or alcohol abuse. 

Drinking too much affects nearly every system in your body and can lead to long-term health issues. 

By finding healthy and effective ways to cope with stress and obtain inner peace, you'll have more energy and a clearer mind to help others. 

Again, you might not be able to change the world overnight. But, you can make a difference by starting small in your community. You can also inspire others to step forward and help, too. 

If you're feeling overwhelmed by the state of society, you're not alone. If you're scared or uncertain about what's going to happen next, you're also not alone. However, you don't need to live in fear forever. Put some of these ideas into practice to find inner peace, and you might be surprised by how much it inspires you to be a beacon of positivity to the world. 

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