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A Pursuit Of Inner Peace

Life is tiring. It’s undeniably so.

Even if everything is going smoothly and according to what you want, you have to rest at some point. On the other hand, if some things are unpleasant, life can be even more tiring. 

To a lot of people, the pace of life gets faster over time. Modern technology & logistics play a huge part in it. Just imagine, back then, before we had airplanes, journeys to the other side of the world would take months by ship and boat. If you want to connect with someone, you either send letters or meet them in person. You can’t even have perishable fresh foods that are not produced in your area. All of these things took a lot of time and patience to do. 

Nowadays, we can have everything quickly. However, these fast-paced, almost instantaneous events of life tend to take a toll on our emotional health.

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As said above, life can get significantly more tiring if we experience unpleasant things. Some things might be obvious, but a lot of other things are not as recognizable.

There are ways that we can improve our mental health and get us closer to inner peace. Eating well, exercising regularly, and doing meditation are among the more easily recognized ways to help boost our mental health. However, many people fall into this trap; eating well doesn’t always mean you eat only the things that taste delicious. Especially if not followed by regular exercise, eating can lead to health problems, which ultimately disturb your mental health and inner peace.

However, more subtle things can also break you. Trying to impress others is one of the things that might not be obvious, but in reality, it can tire you out quickly. More examples of the subtle ones are holding grudges, being with negative people, not asking for help when you need it, and blaming yourself for things you cannot control.

Instead of doing those things, you should pay more attention to improving yourself. However, the line between this and self-deprecating is thin. You can start by asking a wise person about how does one improves themselves. From there, you can work your way until finally you can achieve better inner peace. 

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Social media is a double-edged sword; you might get the benefits of connecting with your close ones easily, but on the other hand, you can also get exposed to gossips, hoaxes, and all the bad things that can disrupt your inner peace. You should pay attention and be wary of using social media. Bend social media to your will, not the other way around.

Another thing that you can resort to to reach inner peace is by connecting to nature. This doesn’t mean that you have to go on a hike or camp in the woods. Connecting to nature can be done by something as simple as taking care of a potted plant. Plants are not as active as say, an animal, but it still gives you the satisfaction of connecting with mother nature.

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If you’re up for a little bit of an added responsibility, having a pet might make your life more enjoyable and much less stressful. According to The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular walking or playing with pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels. In addition, pets can help us manage loneliness and depression by giving us companionship.

Hopefully, all these tips can improve your life, allowing you to reach better mental health and inner peace. 

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Author: Gamal Kevin Alega | @gamalkevin

A law student from Indonesia; currently living in Pekalongan, Jawa Tengah. Highly enthusiastic about languages, cultures, and technology. Joining AYO as a Content Writer with the intention of honing writing skills, as well as enriching connections from various cultures and backgrounds. A proficient eater with 23 years of experience as well.

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