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  • Writer's pictureAndi Dela Torre Griffiths

Here Are a Few Ways to Protect Your Peace

Life can get too busy and fast-paced. Sometimes, it can even feel like the things to do are endless. Not to mention that daily stressors and unexpected problems also arise occasionally. With this, it's important to take care of oneself; physically, emotionally, and spiritually. One way to do this is by -yup, you guessed that right- protecting your peace.

What Does that Even Mean?

To simplify, it just means guarding your space and energy from anything harmful to your well-being. It's a form of self-love that allows you to become a better version of yourself.

Good things happen when you protect your peace: you handle stress well, enjoy meaningful relationships with the right people, and function better than you normally would. In today’s post, we’ll walk through five easy ways to do that. Below are some:

Easy Ways to Protect Your Peace

Make Time for Personal Time

Having personal time is essential in taking care of yourself and your mind. It's good to focus on looking inwards whenever possible, free from the disturbance of external factors. It brings some thoughts and ideas to the surface and helps you understand yourself better.

There are different ways to make time for “me time”; you can go to the spa, write in your journal, or engage in various hobbies like painting or singing (whatever suits your interests). You can go as creative or calm as you can with it.

Hot stone massage | Journal writing | Ways to Protect your Peace | Memento Vivere, A Lifestyle Blog by Andi
Getting a massage and writing in your journal are two of the many ways you can relax.

No matter how fun it is to go out or be in the company of friends and family, alone time is needed to rest and recuperate. It will also help you recharge before returning to your daily life, benefiting your relationships and work performance.

Watch your Media Consumption

Being particular with what you feed your mind is as important as picking what you put in your body. Your mind, after all, is like a garden, and as a popular quote summed it up: “Your thoughts are the seeds. You can grow flowers, or you can grow weeds.” The question is, what are you growing?

All forms of media surround us: print, broadcast, digital, and social media. It is everywhere, and most of the time, we see or hear messages that we may not consciously notice but have already gotten to us subconsciously (through physical advertisements, internet ads, or radio ads we encounter regularly).

Family members on their phones, using social media
Social media is the most popular form of media

While we cannot control the messages we get from what surrounds us, we can choose what shows to watch or music to listen to. It's always best to go with inspirational or motivational media rather than those that contain too much drama and negativity. You'll see the difference.

Evaluate Your Circle

It’s great to make friends and acquaintances, but so is being mindful of who you let into your inner circle. Throughout life, we build different friendships at different stages of our lives. We form some in the workplace, the university, through common friends, or unexpected events. Over time, and as we take different paths, some bonds get stronger, while some naturally drift apart. Celebrate the good friendships, and do not feel bad about the ones you lose.

Evaluating your friendships is important because the kind of people you closely associate yourself with can influence your personal development and life choices.

Don’t Take Things Personally

Unpleasant people and experiences are some of the biggest threats to personal peace, but dealing with them is inevitable. It's a part of life. Sometimes, it's tempting to clap back (nothing wrong with that, especially if someone gets out of line), but other times, it doesn't hurt to try to understand. You never know what someone is going through, especially during this time (anxiety and depression cases have risen after the pandemic). That girl in the queue who was in a bad mood? Maybe she has large bills to settle. That rude man who yelled at you? He might have just signed a divorce paper.

Girl punching a man in the face
If you keep taking things personally, you'll just get frustrated

When someone is unhappy, the tendency is to lash out at others even though there is no intention of doing so. With this in mind, there is no need to take everything personally. Frustrating encounters with some people are beyond our control, but we can choose how to respond.

Self-care isn’t selfish; if you need to set boundaries and show yourself more love, go for it.

Take your pick from these easy ways to protect your peace and indulge in it.


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