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5 Ways to Get Peace of Mind So You Can Really Unwind

Whether you enjoy relaxing by the beach, skiing down the slopes or testing your golf game, it’s important to make time occasionally to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Easier said than done, right? With appointments, deadlines, and demands of your time, it’s easy to forget what it means to take a breather. To avoid total burnout, take the following simple steps to get peace of mind so you can really unwind:
1. Step Away From the Technology
For some of us, our iPhones and Blackberrys are like members of the family. You play your games on them, you do business on them and heck, sometimes you even talk on them. But to truly unwind and de-stress, it’s important to step away from the things that can tether you to your commitments and obligations. Silence your phone, or even better yet, turn it off so that you don’t have to be distracted by alerts and notifications when you’re trying to get some much-needed R&R.

2. Volunteer Your Time
There’s nothing like engaging in an activity you really care about to help clear your mind and re-charge the batteries. Whether you want to volunteer at a soup kitchen or help socialize adoptable pets, there are few things that can have a greater impact, while also helping you along the way. It’s often low-stress and can help remind you to prioritize what’s really important in your life.
3. Crank Up the Volume
Did you know that listening to music can actually increase blood flow? Whether you’re into Kenny Chesney or Kenny G, just listening to your favorite music can help improve your mood and clear your mind. Programs like iTunes, Spotify and Pandora make getting your favorite tunes (even those from way back when) easy and affordable. Better yet, get up and move around, and enjoy a mini dance party in your living room. It’ll get your blood pumping, and you’ll feel refreshed and able to relax.

4. Write it Down
Have a million and one thoughts running through your head? If so, putting all of those ideas and worries on a piece of paper may help you sort through them and push past those that are preventing you from unwinding. Which ones can be addressed right now? Which ones are out of your control? Think it through, and when you’re done, toss the piece of paper in the trash. Tell yourself you’ve given those issues as much time as they’re worth, and that it’s time to move forward.

5. Get in Touch With Nature
When was the last time you went for a walk without purpose? Like a mini dance party, getting some fresh air, especially in an area with lots of foliage, can be invigorating and a chance to reflect on the simpler things in life. If you have a dog, take him or her with you, and get the added benefit of exercising them as well. Animals are thought to have a calming influence, so it’ll be mutually beneficial and also a great way to get a little peace of mind.

This post is written by Erica Moss. Erica is the social media outreach coordinator for the Masters in Nursing program at Georgetown University, which has one of the nation’s leading FNP programs. Outside of work, Erica is an avid dog lover who loves photography and meeting new people.

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  • http://flawlessconfidence.com Martin

    Getting in touch with nature + unplugging are in my opinion the best ways to get peace of mind. To make them even more effective, I suggest spending time alone. Sometimes it’s great to spend time with people and relax with them, but most of the time when you really want to relax and feel at peace with yourself, solitude works better. Or maybe it’s only me, haha.

    • Erica Moss

      It’s not just you, Martin! I totally agree that spending time by yourself can be therapeutic.

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    Wow these tips will help us out. Music is a big healer. I agree. Meditation helps us a lot.

    • Erica Moss

      There’s nothing like rocking out to your favorite music. Thanks for the comment!

    • http://inkjam.blogspot.com/ Sandipan

      Absolutely right. Music indeed helps us to connect with our inner self and find peace of mind.

  • http://Mazzastick.com Justin

    I’m liking the picture Erica! That is where I would like to be soon. Turning off technology and getting back into nature are great ways to achieve peace of mind, especially for bloggers who spend a lot of time on the computer.

    • Erica Moss

      Thanks for the comment, Justin! I’m definitely guilty of tethering myself to my devices too much, which, like you said, translates into a lot of time on the computer. Sometimes I just have to force myself to walk away. :)

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    too bad that we get so cought up in the routine of this crezy world. Great poost. We need to take it slowly sometime and get it real.Thanks

    • Erica Moss

      Couldn’t have said it better! Thanks for the comment.

  • kashyap

    i would like to add one more point. peace comes from within, if we try to find it without or outside we would be never satisfied. and to get peace within one has to learn to respond to outer circumstances in a peaceful way. we get disturbed not by external things its our response to the outer world creates the havoc in our life. So first step towards a meaningful & permanent  tranquility or peace  is always to watch our own thoughts our own trigger points that causes stress & anger inside us. Then change them with more positive responses.some techniques to help watch our thoughts & change our thinking process here..

    http://24x7meditation.blogspot.com/2011/10/quiet-your-busy-mind-in-just-5-minutes.html

    • Erica Moss

      You are so right. If we can find internal peace of mind, that will no doubt positively impact our interactions with the world around us. Thanks for the comment!

  • http://zealology.com Kevin Martin

    Everyone escapes in one way or another. I prefer to go for long walks in the forest preserve to get a piece of mind. It helps clears my mind and it allows me to start focusing on the things that are truly important to me. Thank you Erica for this awesome post.

    • Erica Moss

      A walk through the forest sounds wonderful right about now! There’s just something so tranquil about nature; I love being near water whenever possible, too, because it’s so soothing.

  • Bryan Jorgensen

    Great blog Erica! I especially like your point on writing it down. I try to write every morning and it is a great way to sort through all the thoughts racing through ones mind.  I will also say that the mini dance parties are often my favorite ways to unwind.

    http://jorgensenbryan.blogspot.com/

    • Erica Moss

      Thanks for the comment, Bryan! I love that you identified with my mini dance party suggestion. It sounds kind of silly, but I think we could all use a little more silly in our lives. :)

  • Suzanne

    Writing things down is very effective. It clears the mind but also captures one’s creativity and can bring awareness to self defeating thoughts we aren’t aware we have. This awareness brings about the peace of mind you are speaking of.

    • Erica Moss

      Well said, Suzanne. I think putting pen to paper is a fading art, unfortunately, but I think it can be more effective than typing away on a keyboard (though, that can help, too). I find that when I have to write myself a to-do list, I’ll do it on a piece of paper, because the physical act of checking things off is so fulfilling!

  • http://thebooksthatchangedmylife.com Marc Van Der Linden

    You have a point. Life can be overwhelming by times. I love walking in nature and it helps me to unclutter my mind.

    Thanks for sharing

    • Erica Moss

      Glad you found it useful, Marc! Thanks for the comment.

  • Erin

    Seems like spending time with the cutest white bulldog does the trick :)

    • Erica Moss

      Don’t you love how I was able to work a dog reference into a blog post that has nothing to do with animals? ;) It doesn’t hurt if they have smooshy faces, either.

  • http://twitter.com/SaunaSherpa Devin w/ Sunlighten

    Great article! Loved it. My wife and I took a trip to the mountains a few weeks ago. No computers, no cell phone, no emails, no notifications, just us and nature. It was great and we were super-charged once we got back. I know for me Yoga is a great time to disconnect and relax. I’d definitely add this one to my list :-)

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  • Marco Shirohige

    sometimes difficult to obtain peace, a feeling of anxiety is always there, agreed that in order to get peace of mind startsfrom, nature can cause a feeling of peace

    http://marcoshirohige.blogspot.com/2012/02/how-making-peaceful-soul.html

  • Marco Shirohige

    sometimes difficult to obtain peace, a feeling of anxiety is always there, agreed that in order to get peace of mind startsfrom, nature can cause a feeling of peace

    http://marcoshirohige.blogspot.com/2012/02/how-making-peaceful-soul.html

  • Sallyjohnson48

    Trying to find peace ( http://www.lifeforcenatural.com/ ) can be tricky. I have looked into different companies to try and help me. I have found that music helps a lot.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003115048292 Bhanu Prakash Kandula

    Being alone makes me so peaceful and enjoying nature keeps me happy

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    Very good and pleasant advice! Unfortunately we recollect about unwinding when we get headaches and other consequences of constant  tension…