If there’s one thing everyone can agree that they DON’T like, it’s drama. Ironically; however, we still tend to have a hard time avoiding it. If you’re like me, you probably thought that as you got older, drama would erase itself from your life on its own. Shoot, you’d think that being dramatic and messy would be so tiring that people would eventually get tired, give up, or both. That doesn’t seem to be the case. What you’ve probably realized instead is that dramatic people seem to have way more energy than everyone else. In fact, it’s almost like they come around just to steal your energy and use it to rejuvenate themselves. Seriously, have you ever found yourself getting exhausted just by being around someone? Unfortunately, it be like that sometimes, and the people who drain you the most are often the people who stress you out as well. Although these folks may not even realize what they’re doing, it’s important that you’re able to recognize these people in your life, and act accordingly. With that being said, it is very important to be smart about who and what you let into your life. Although it may not seem like it, what’s truly (keyword truly) best for you is also best for everyone else around you.
Whether you’re constantly putting yourself in bad situations, or are surrounding yourself with people who are always caught up in some mess, it’s time to put yourself first. One of the main keys to happiness is finding peace within yourself. You may not be able to control the rest of the world, but what you do have control over is yourself and your responses – it’s time to start flexing that mental muscle and exercising that control. Here are five quick tips for guarding your inner peace.
You’ve probably heard the phrase “honesty is the best policy” more times than you can count. Well, it’s true. Although most people look at honesty as simply telling other people the truth, the most important person to be honest with is yourself. Sometimes you’re going to have to ask yourself tough questions and be real with yourself about the answers. If you’re honest about your expectations for yourself and those around you, you may find that it’s easier to navigate situations that tend to cause you stress.
At one time or another, we’ve all been in situations where letting go was the best thing to do. While it’s not always easy, sometimes it’s the only way to be free. While you may think that holding on to people and things so tightly makes you stronger, most times it does nothing but bring you down. Remember those dramatic people we talked about earlier? BYE! Whether you’re the kind of person who likes to hold on to toxic situations, or the kind of person who likes to hold on to control – do yourself a favor and start letting go.
Forgiveness is easily one of the most important aspects to finding and maintaining inner peace. It’s no secret that people are going to piss you off, and there’s probably someone you want to slap right now, but carrying around anger and bitterness doesn’t do anything but hurt you. Trust and believe, everybody you’re mad at is out living their lives, so it’s time for you to do the same. Forgiveness is as much for you as it is for the other person, and once you can truly find the strength to forgive, you’ll be one step closer to peace.
Make time for yourself
These days, there’s constant pressure to be social. Between Internet, social media, and cell phones we now have access to each other 24/7. While this is all well and good, we all must learn to make time for ourselves. No matter how much you love being around people, it’s always important to take time to reflect, recollect, and recharge.
Some people are so caught up in being perfect that they forget that there’s no such thing. There seems to be a myth floating around that happy people are only happy because everything in their life is great. That’s not true. Happiness doesn’t equal perfection, and it’s perfectly fine if everything in your life isn’t going according to plan. You have to learn how to how to make mistakes, learn from them, and try again.
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