Are you wishing you could start finding your inner Zen? Let’s face it, life can be crazy and hectic in our busy, information-packed world.
Many of us are in survival mode on a day-to-day basis.
With busy jobs, crazy social lives, and burning the candle at both ends, it’s understandable that we all may want to re-align our inner Zen from time to time.
Sometimes we can get too overwhelmed with the routine and tribulations of daily life. Unfortunately, it can all feel like too much.
Yet, slowly slipping into a negative mindset, or worse still feeling lost on our path can drag us down. However, if you find yourself losing your grip, one of these nine ways is bound to help you get back on track.
What is Inner Zen?
Inner Zen is a feeling of peace and mindfulness. It is achieved by connecting with yourself on a daily basis. One can find “innerZzen” by meditation, spending time in nature, finding activities he/she enjoys, journaling and basically any peaceful activity that helps one stay calm and mindful.
9 Ways to Find Your Inner Zen
Use these tips when you are asking yourself, “Where is my inner zen?” and you will feel calm and at ease again.
#1 Exercise or yoga for Inner Zen
So many people will encourage you to exercise especially if you struggle with some form of mental health issue. Beating depression and anxiety, for example, have both been linked closely to having an improved state of mind when you exercise.
Your body produces endorphins, and this hormone can make you feel good. So whether it is going out for a run, or incorporating your mind as well as your body in an exercise like yoga, you may find that it’s the perfect option for you to realign your inner Zen once more.
#2 Meditation for Inner Zen
Meditation is another thing a lot of people state can have a positive effect on your mental well-being. It sort of forces you to stop and take a moment for yourself.
Focusing on your breath and the thoughts that you allow in your mind is a great way to start meditation. Also, it helps you gain some clarity.
Of course, it can be hard to switch off your mind if you are not used to practicing yoga, so downloading some guided meditations to your phone can be a great way to help you get started.
#3 Self-help books or courses
Being proactive with your mindset is a great way to switch things into a more positive outlook. Self-help books that link with cognitive-behavioral therapy or physical courses you can take can all help you calm your inner workings and be more in line with the path you wish to take.
Some great self-help books I recommend are as follows:
- Awaken the Giant Within – Anthony Robbins
- The 5 Second Rule – Mel Robbins
- The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg
- The Energy Bus – Jon Gordon
- How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carengie
I like to always have a personal development book I am reading. I enjoy using my kindly app or my local library to find titles other’s highly recommend.
#4 Positive mental attitude
Sometimes it can be the simplest things that can make the biggest difference, and one of those is thinking purposely positive. This might be simply turning a negative thought into something positive. Or repeating over, and over a positive outlook on a situation, you may currently be facing. A positive mindset can be difficult to master at first, but once you get into the habit you will find you won’t purposely have to do it, you will automatically think more that way.
#5 Doing something you enjoy
Finally, doing something you enjoy can be simple yet effective. For example, taking a long hot bath or shower, curling up to read a book, or even heading out for a walk in the fresh air. It’s taking you out of a negative situation and doing something that puts a smile on your face.
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#6 Exploring Nature
One thing that can really enhance your life and help you feel calm is exploring nature. Whether it be a nature trail or hike, just enjoying the fresh air and beauty of nature instantly calms your brain.
If you don’t have any nature areas around you, try taking a weekend trip near hikig or camping to enjoy the outdoors and forget the rush of the city.
#7 Talking with a trusted friend
Sometime we all need to vent. Talking with a trusted friend can help set your mind at ease. However, be careful who you are talking to as some people are energy drainers and will leave you feeling anxious instead of zen and peaceful.
Pay attention to the people you surround yourself with and find friends that can calm you and set your mind at ease. Simply spend more time with them.
Being social can help you find your inner zen if you are with the right people.
Getting rid of clutter can help you be more minimalistic and help restore peace and balance in your life.
Clutter is a distraction in your visual field that is competing for attention. Let’s face it, we have enough distractions in our every evolving, fast-paced world.
It is no wonder it is hard to concentrate in a room filled with piles of “stuff.” If you want to feel Zen and simplify your life, it will pay to get rid of clutter.
Journaling is a great way to find your inner Zen.
In fact, studies show journaling can help reduce anxiety and stress.
The next time you are feeling out of sorts, try journaling. You can even make journaling a daily habit to help stay positive and calm.
9 Ways to Find Your Inner Zen Final Thoughts
As you rush through your busy life, try to remember these tips. Stop and enjoy the day and take some time for yourself. By continuing to practice mindfulness and peaceful activities, you will train yourself to slow down and feel more at ease. It is not always easy to stay calm, but by using these tips you will find your inner zen.