On Peace: Be at Peace with Yourself

Amb. Christiana Jolaoso
Ed. 186 / 07.10.2021

When there’s peace within you, you’re able to thrive on, regardless of the situation around you or what life throws at you at any time. This intrapersonal kind of peace will help you relate with others in peace and harmony. Most people are agitated and acting violently because they are at war with themselves – they lack inner peace.
So to build global peace, start with yourself.

What Is Inner Peace?

Inner peace is the state of mental tranquillity in the face of external stressors. It entails removing stress and unpleasant thoughts from your mind, which puts you in a serene and calm state of mind.

When you’re at peace, it doesn’t mean that your life is free of problems. But it points to freedom and the ability to move on. The milk is spilled, why not clean it up and find some more?

When you’re at peace, you’re not only helping yourself but society. Everyone you relate with will be affected and even influenced. Here’s what inner peace does:

* It reduces distracting thoughts, thereby improving focus and productivity. This state of mind will help you to achieve your desired goals.

*It helps you to be more patient with others. You’ll interact with them with more understanding and get more out of relationships.

*It minimizes stress and ensures better sleep, which enhances productivity.

*You’ll enjoy happy moments more.

How Can You Stay at Peace with Yourself?

Staying at peace doesn’t jump at you. It’s a daily process and requires deliberate efforts which sooner than later, become your second nature. Here are a few things you can begin to pay attention to:

Be responsible


Being responsible for your actions requires maturity, but it will help you to grow when you admit your mistakes, learn from criticisms, and make necessary improvements on yourself.

Love yourself


Self-love is a significant start to staying peaceful. Learn to feel good about yourself. You can’t show love and care for others when you don’t do the same for yourself.

Stay grateful


Be grateful for the things you have, instead of worrying about those that are yet to arrive. Look around you, there’s so much to be grateful for.

Let go


You’re not defined by your past mistakes: No one ever reached heights without tripping. While you’re not to be careless to make mistakes, when these things happen, learn from them to become better. Let go of past errors, and forgive yourself.

Declutter and be organized


Cleaning and organizing your schedule and environment has a positive effect on the mind. You’ll feel less upset and calm enough to be productive. When you’re less overwhelmed with an organized schedule and clean environment, you’ll feel some level of peace.

Never lose hope


You have to accept that there are challenges in life. There would be ups and downs. So when going through a downtime, remember that things will become better.

Conclusion


It’s Time to Stay at Peace with Yourself. Building global peace is not a day’s journey; neither is it something that one party can play alone. It starts from you, and that requires that you yourself are at peace with yourself. Without this intrapersonal peace, there won’t be peace amongst groups or nations. So, let’s work on you first.

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