- Engage in a little art therapy; grab some crayons, markers, or paint and put all your feelings on the page.
- Create a peace collage. Include images that make you feel relaxed and at ease.
- Meditate on your favorite peace quote and then write it in calligraphy for framing.
- Take a walk with the sole intention of photographing beautiful things that make you feel at peace, like a tree with colorful autumn leaves.
- Write a blog post about what gives you peace of mind. (This has been a calming experience for me!)
- Muster compassion for someone who hurt you, instead of wallowing in bitterness, which will make it easier to forgive them and set yourself free.
- Set aside some time to actively enjoy the good things about the present instead of scheming to create a better future.
- Create a list of things you love about yourself instead of dwelling on how you wish you were different.
- Focus on what you appreciate about the people in your life instead of wishing they would change (assuming you’re in healthy relationships).
- Recognize if you’re judging yourself in your head with phrases like “I should have” or “I shouldn’t have.” Replace those thoughts with, “I do the best I can, my best is good enough, and I’m learning and growing every day.”
- Start reading that book you bought about dealing with the challenge you’ve been facing.
- Schedule a date with yourself, a time when you don’t need to meet anyone else’s requests, and do something that feeds your mind and spirit. Go to a museum or take yourself to your favorite restaurant and simply enjoy your own company.
- Sit in nature—under a tree, on a mountain—and let yourself simply be.
- Be your own best friend. Tell yourself what’s on your mind, and then give yourself the advice you’d give a good friend who had the same issue.
- Repeat some positive affirmations that help you feel present, peaceful, and empowered.
- Take five to ten minutes for a simple seated meditation.
- Take 100 deep breaths, counting “and one,” “and two,” and so on, with “and” on the inhalations and the numbers on the exhalations.
- Take a meditative walk, focusing solely on the physical sensations of walking—the earth under your feet, the swing of your hips.
- Find a guided meditation on YouTube and let it lull you into a blissful state of presence.
- Practice alternate nostril breathing. Hold the left nostril down and inhale through the right; then hold the breath. Release the left nostril, hold the right one down, and exhale through the left. Now start on the left with an inhalation, exhaling on the right. This is one set. Do up to five of them.