Life is touch. There are so many challenges and day-to-day trials and tribulations that we can easily get lost and become overwhelmed. We all know that we should look for the positive and keep smiling, but it isn't always easy. Sometimes we fall victim to the negative and lose our hope.
But there is hope for us all. There are so many ways to find joy in life if you know where to look. Today I'd like to give you a few tips to find that inner peace and happiness in your life.
Lean into your Strengths
I am no good at volleyball. I'm five foot tall and even though I can run for hours on end, I cannot jump or spike a volleyball. I cannot serve or aim the ball to save my life. When we are feeling down on ourselves it is easy to focus on the bad. I'd love to be good at volleyball. I think it is a fun sport to play on the beach or with friends and family. But I am terrible. I could choose to focus on what I'm not good at, but I actively choose not to. Instead I consciously identify what I am good at. I identify my strengths, and then I lean into them and develop them. Ok so maybe I won't be a pro volleyball player, but I can ride a horse like no one else.
Find a rewarding way to use what you're already good at to build your self confidence and happiness.
Stepping back into nature will do wonders for your spirit. Make it a point to spend some time outside each day. Even a 15 minute walk can improve your mood and reduce anxiety. If you can, spend an day, weekend or week outdoors. Visit a national landmark or one of the seven wonders of the world. Immerse yourself in nature. It can be quite humbling and will offer a perspective in life that you simply cannot get indoors.
Focus on the Present
You've probably heard this before, but I'll tell you again because it is so important. You cannot change the past, and you cannot control the future. What you can do now is focus on the present. Do not waste your precious time and energy worrying about what has already happened or what may happen in the future. By turning your focus instead to what you can control now (in the present), you will feel more in control of your life
Get some Exercise
Get your blood flowing by practicing exercise at least three times each week. Seek opportunities daily to stay active. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park at the back of the parking lot instead of searching for a close spot. Take a stroll with a loved one after dinner. Challenge a friend to a volleyball match. Take up yoga as a way to relax your mind. Exercise in any form can help you clear out the clutter from your mind and nourish your body.
The quality of every relationship you have in life, no matter how small, will depend on the communication you foster within that relationship. That may sound intuitive, but so many people struggle with effective communication. It can cause a lot of stress and anxiety in our lives. So be straightforward and say what you want to say in a kind and loving way. You don't have to be rude, but by all means speak up. If you aren't happy about something, let it be known. If there is something you like, say that too. Talk when you are feeling anxious, nervous or scared. Talk when you are feeling happy, sad or anything in between. Just talk.
Sure, there may be a million things you don't have. But I'm willing to bet there are a million things you do have. Gratitude is such a powerful tool that is often overlooked. Developing a grateful mindset can literally change your life. Take the time to write down a list of everything you are grateful for. Don't stop at the obvious things. Dig deep and create a long list. Refer to that list any time you need to cultivate happiness and peace.
Life will never be completely free of roadblocks and obstacles, but keeping these tips in mind will allow you to find inner peace and happiness in spite of those things.