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Inner Peace?! Relaxation?! Really?!

In this day and age life moves at such a fast pace, we hardly have a moment to breathe, let alone create some sort of 'inner peace and relaxation'. We are so busy running from A to B, trying to accomplish as much as possible with what little time we have and just about keeping up. Responsibilities, commitments and daily chores - a never ending perpetual cycle. Relaxation is nothing but a pipe dream - a far cry from reality for most of us. Is it any wonder that we are constantly stressed out and our minds are consistently full of anxiety and worry? Trying to relax and simply switch off can be impossible as our brain continues to tick, tick, tick away like an incessant clock.  inner-peace-and-relaxation

'Inner peace? What's that then?' you may ask. 'I am too busy and have too many other more important things to do -    I don't have time for all that stuff!'. Sound familiar? First of all, can I remind you that YOU are the most important factor in all of the above? Without you, nothing would get done or be achieved. Is it not only fair that you should have some 'you time' every now and then?

Inner Peace Definition

The definition of inner peace is subjective although generally speaking inner peace would be defined as; to have balance, to feel a sense of contentment, happiness, restfulness, a calm and quiet mind.

I can guarantee that just 15 minutes a day, (at whatever time is best for you), to just stop and relax will make the world of difference to your overall mood, energy and motivational levels. Research also shows that inner peace and happiness actually go hand in hand with each other.  The more you practice the more inner peace and tranquility you will experience on a day to day basis. Fact.  

If you would like a quick and easy, but effective relaxation method, please try the following exercise.

Relaxation Exercise;

Find a quiet place where you will not be disturbed or distracted (I've had to lock myself away and hide at times to ensure this!) 🙂

  • Sit down and close your eyes
  • Breathe deeply in through your nose and out through your mouth. Repeat this at least 10 times
  • As you do this try to clear your mind and imagine that you are breathing all of the stress and tension out from your body. I recommend that you try to picture yourself in a beautiful, tranquil place such as on a deserted beach or on a mountain top. Go with whatever comes naturally to you - if it feels right that is all that matters!
  • Now, take and drink in everything around you... the sights, the sounds, the feelings and sensations you experience. How do youinner-peace-and-relaxation feel? Are you happy and peaceful? How does your body feel? Do you notice any aches or pains, tightness or tension in a specific area?
  • Spend at least 5-10 minutes just enjoying the environment you are in and focusing on you and your body. Try to keep your mind as quiet as possible. Do not fight what thoughts enter your head, but do not pay too much attention to them - just do your best to let them come and drift away again. Focus mainly on your breathing and the special place you are imagining yourself in.
  • Once you are feeling more relaxed and ready to come back to the present moment, slowly count to 10 and open your eyes.

 

This is one of the most basic exercises you can do to achieve deep relaxation, but does require some practice and patience initially. For more techniques and tips please feel free to contact me directly.

 

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Paul
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Great article Holly on finding some inner peace. I think both the time needed and most effective methods to employ are different for everyone, but regardless, I think it’s important for everyone to take some time to relax, reflect and get centered. I do this myself, a LOT — I actually think I do it too much. I do think though there are so many people out there that don’t do it nearly enough, or even at all, even though it can be so good for them.

Madeline Rodrigues
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What a wonderful website you have. As a person who has been medically diagnosed with somatic symptoms of anxiety and stress I have been practising this technique daily and it has made a big impact.
Will follow your page and will certainly try all the other techniques you suggest. Thankyou.

Norstad
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Hello there, really great article. Is this the same as meditation? I have been trying to meditate before as I was told by my former business partner how great it is. But what he just told me is to focus on my breathing and just entertain every thoughts that would pop up in my mind. But the imagination of a tranquil place was not part of his advise. The first time I tried it I experienced a total black out and maybe that’s what you call the overdrive? Anyway, this is a great article. Keep up the good work and… Read more »
Sasa
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This post is coming just in time. I have been overwhelmed with my work and feel very stress. I will try this out tomorrow. Is this like a meditation? Have not tried out the meditation before. Sometime we really need to practice some relaxation exercise like this to clear our mind and to keep the our inner side peace. Thank you for such great post.

Ali
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I really enjoyed your visualization technique and I think it is so important to just take time for ourselves and indulge in this way. I call it indulging because in this day and age it is hard to make time for things like this yet it is so important. I’m an empath so I had to learn how to do things like this for myself to regroup and regain my inner balance as a young 20 something and I haven’t stopped, it feels too good! 🙂 Lot’s of blessings~

Brad
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Wow, such an informative and wonderful post! I definitely need to take time out of my day to just breath and relax, always caught up in the busyness of life. Your post helped me remember to check in with myself, thank you! I will be browsing through the rest of your site for more helpful reminders and tips!
-Brad

Tyler
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Holly,
I really wish to try this and I am definitely guilty of not having any “me time”. After reading your site I realized that I’m constantly going, I’m running from one place to the next and always busy in some way. I never take the time to just relax (unless i’m sleeping).
Do you have any tips for someone who cannot breath through their nose? I’ve been sick for the last 6 days and am at a point where very little air comes in or out of my nose and I’m relying on my mouth for every day breathing.

meherbani
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I enjoyed reading your article very much. I am a true believer in breathing exercises and meditation to help relieve stress and anxiety.

Too many people are rushing thru their days and not paying attention to their breathing.

What other breathing techniques do you suggest besides the one in your article?

Hannah
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This is such a helpful article. I needed to read this now as I’ve been having a lot of stressful events happening in my life lately. I’ve been struggling with my emotions a lot and keep snapping at people, which just worsen everything of course.

I am going to try out your relaxation technique you described above. Thanks so much for sharing this with us. There couldn’t have been a better time for me to read this!

Hannah.

Natia Sawyer
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The background colors theme of your website is very appropriate for your niche. It reminds you of peacefulness. Also, I found the relaxation exercise to be interesting. The things I liked about this exercise was closing your eyes, imagining to be in a place you desire and also relieving your stress and anxiety levels. I haven’t tried this yet, but I’ll probably consider it. Really great article!

Boniface
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Hi Holly,
Great article there on how to reduce life’s tension by your easy to do relaxation technique. Inner peace is so rare in the modern world. Even having time for oneself and for family sometimes is not easy at all. Thanks for that idea of relaxation. I certainly will try and see what effect it’ll have.

Uwais
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Hi,

We live in such a fast pace life with our work and family, we seem not to find time for our life. While we so engrossed in what we do in life we lack inner peace and relaxation, This post has provided a simple solution to obtain relaxation which is not costly, not time consuming and will provide the solution. Thank you for an awesome post. Hope many get to read this as many are in need of this. Will definitely recommend this post to family and friends.

Regards
Uwais

Lynne
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Hi Holly What a great read, and I totally agree! I am a recovering alcoholic and addict, thankfully 7 years clean now. So I know how important it is to live in the moment, the here and now. The program I work is the 12 step program where I focus on Just For Today. It takes some time to master it and of course that goes up and down too, just as life does. I feel so many people miss out on life because of all the stress and things going on. In this way I am grateful for being… Read more »
Tiago Epalanga
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Hello Holly!
Let me start by congratulating your on your website!
I am not very informed about self development and motivating, but after a quick walk trough your website, I simply relate with it! Your personal journey is very inspirational. It makes me feel that no matter what anybody is going trough, it is always possible to make a change and have tranquility!
It is good to know that you are there to help through the process!

I wish you success!

RoxySue
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I have intermittently tried various methods of relaxation exercises and self-meditations and self-hypnosis overthe past two years with mixed results. Certainly not enough by way of results to keep me doing it. Can you shed some light on this– are these all the same thing by different names? Is there any reason that someone just trying to get into this is better off working on one versus another method? Thank-you!

Michael Angelo
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Hi Holly, I like your post. I think I need to relax for a while and get some inner piece. My life has been like a race. Everything around me move very fast, and I have to cope up. Almost every day I run endless tasks, and when I go to bed I still some pending work that I couldn’t do because I’m already so tired. By the end of the week I am always exhausted. I will try your method
Thank for the insight.
Best Regards,
Michael Angelo

Market Merchant
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Tranquility, yes please, I could most definitely use me some more of that. I don’t get nearly enough of it maybe this site can teach me how bit by bit. What do you think about this? Will I learn much if I stay tuned? If so and you are going to keep posting new info, nonstop, I would greatly appreciate it, favorite this site, as well as return often to see what your new advice is, and share where I can.

Michael Kenny
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Hello, thanks for that relaxing exercise article, only recently I had to get away from an uncomfortable environment in a canteen of my job, now I go outside in the open air for some peace and quiet, now I can add your exercise to this, I got to say not only I,m impressed with the article but you articulated well and it,s engaging, I wish you well

G.C.Horton
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Hi Holly!
Thanks so much for this wonderful post about inner peace. I have a note by my front door to remind me that peace of mind is my highest priority.

I have to have a reminder because typically I get caught up in doing stuff and pushing to reach goals and forget all about peace of mind.

Incidentally, the color of the font on your about page is so light it’s difficult to read.

Boniface
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Hi Holly,
Just thinking about it, what would you say are the things that cause people most anxiety? One thing will cause a person to be worried sick but the very same thing or situation will be laughed off by another. Does it therefore mean that peace of mind and life are partly a product of an individual’s thought processes? Or is it in the hands of someone higher and greater than mankind?

andrejs
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It is interesting that something like I have done without any prior information. It is surprising that now I read about it. Thank you because your article I found some me unknown and instructive things. Although I was quite hard to find a quiet place, usually I go late in the evening to the nearby forest.

Joon
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Hello, I used to meditate and also am a big fan of Eckhart Tolle and anything that is relevant to “inner peace.” My question is…I don’t know if anybody else had the same experience with it or maybe I’m just a very particular case…but whenever I practice these types of inner peace, I will feel very peaceful and calm for days but then out of nowhere I get “hit” with days of negative moods as if to compensate for all those days of peace. I’ve noticed this pattern with myself. It’s as if the body is telling me…you enjoyed too… Read more »
angelce903
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Hello there!!!

It’s true that we are sos stressed and in the rush nowadays that we don’t take time for ourselves! Your relaxation exercise is interesting to get rid of stress and all the negative thoughts. I am also very interested in the fact that you say you practice it yourself so you talk about Something you know. How many times per week do you practice this exercise? Thanks!

Karissa
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I’m glad you have created this site. We all need to be less stressed and calm ourselves down. Most of our stress is how we perceive it, so it is very important to work on inner peace!

I am fitness professional so I also really love the exercises you have on this post to help you relax!

You have given me an idea for my website, so thank you.

Stephanie
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Holly!

Thank you for your article on how to relax and manage stress and anxiety levels. This comes to me at a time in which I am leaving some anxiety in my life. My father recently passed away and this will be the first holiday season without him, so I really do appreciate the techniques you have explained. I also love your idea recording your emotions and thoughts down in a journal just so we can look back and reflect on what has been going on with our inner selves.

Steph

Ian
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Hi Holly,

I like the relaxation exercise, it really works wonders. My stress levels are way down now and I feel relaxed.

Now that we’re heading into the holidays, I plan on doing a lot more relaxing.

I’ll definitely take up the challenge and will provide further feedback.

Thanks for sharing this post, it was really helpful!

Viljoen
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Hi Holly

The exercise you gave is a great one to teach your mind to relax. When I meditate I will always try to focus on each body part and then tense and release it.

I always remember myself that my body is only a vessel and that thoughts are not real. This way when stress or anxiety comes, I will quickly release it.

Esteban
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Hey,

I have to say that your post really got me thinking. I don’t remember the last time I felt that peaceful, worryless mindset.

It must have been over a year ago when I was in Iceland in the blue lagoons.

Todays world is just so hectic on a constant basis and there’s stress all around us.

I guess technology (i.e. smartphones) keep us alert with emails, messages and more so there really is no peace unless we switch these off.

I think it’s time for me to have a moment to myself soon 🙂
Thanks for this post!

Esteban

Erin
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Hello,

Well I am now going to explore other parts of your website because I have been relying on this type of relaxation to keep my tachycardia (high heart rate) symptoms under control. Now when I don’t have my relaxation time every day, I absolutely notice that I get more stressed, more anxious, and in general become a grumpier person.

Thanks for encouraging positive thinking as well,
Erin

coughlanmaureen
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I really enjoyed reading this article it made me feel very relaxed!
I attempted your relaxation techniques found them great will definitely give them another try when I am feeling stressed or worried!
Great images in the post too and your dialogue is very engaging!
You come across as very genuine!

Daniela
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Hi Holly,
Great article! I found out that I perform better in my daily tasks when I clear my mind using similar relaxation techniques. I prefer guided sessions because I tend to distract easily (there are many on the web). It gets easier with practice, so your recommendation for 5-7 days before examining the results is great!
I am in for the challenge!
Cheers,
Daniela

Marcus
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These kinds of relaxation exercises can be very beneficial. I think people often don’t realise how tense they are because they are so busy doing things all the time. It is important to take time every day to relax in some way. Personally, I’m a big fan of meditation. I like to do a form of mantra meditation in the morning, where I silently repeat a sound in my mind. Later in the day, I like to do mindfulness, where I walk around outside and fully engage with my senses. It’s a great way to quieten the mind down and… Read more »
JeffWA
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Hi Holly! What a truly and inspiring article that you posted on your website and which I had the pleasure in reading. Everything that you stated surrounding one’s being able to attain inner peace is 100% correct. Too often we find ourselves caught in the everyday craziness sometimes known as “life” and too many of us don’t bother to think about caring for simply ourselves. Your suggestion for the exercise in which one simply gets away from any and everything and instead concentrates on quite peaceful almost “nothingness” was truly a great suggestion. Each and every one us deserves to… Read more »
Katia
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Hi Holly, Thank you so much for taking the time to share your meditation exercise with us. Every week – maybe it’ll end up every month, I haven’t tried it yet – I’m hoping to try and incorporate a new habit into my life that I want to stick around. This first week of January I’ve been focusing on becoming a pescatarian, and my next goal is incorporating meditation into my mornings, so this was really exactly what I was looking for! I’ve favourited your page and I’ll try this for a week and come back and let you know… Read more »
Viljoen
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Hi Holly

I will definitely try these relaxation exercises especially before I go to sleep. I always tend to wake up in the middle of the night with anxiety.

It then becomes almost impossible to fall asleep again and there are even days where I sleep less than 3 hours per night.

Tyler Redlev
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These are really good advices for relaxation!

I am actually av ery anxious person inside, but i don’t5 show it to other people. I usually look like a calm guy but all my life plans and goals are so ÅŸntense that i’m trying to work hard for them while dealing with many things.

These exercises are pretty good to calm yourself down. I was doing them before reading your post and they are really helpful!

Viljoen
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Inner piece is something that is a real gift. The majority of people do not have any sense of inner piece at all. I have meditated for 20 minutes this morning for the first time of my life and it works.

It was a bit hard to get rid of the “drunk money” but I guess that practice makes perfect. I also followed your advice on relaxation and it works.

Jezza
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Hi Holly! I love your site. These are articles that I really need right now. As a first time mom, I am very stressed and overwhelm with so many things. Learning how to control things and following your tips and breathing exercises will really help me a lot. Thanks and bookmarked this page of yours!

Vera
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Thanks for this article, I like your relaxation exercise tips a lot. Actually, it is so easy to install regular relaxation. But although it is so important, most of us tend to forget taking care of it.

Thanks for the reminder, I will go now and simply do nothing but close my eyes and take some deep breath:)

Philip Monrean
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I have been meditating for years and I really like the exercise you give. it is important to keep trying and not worry about your mind racing the first couple of times. The mind is like any other muscle and it can be trained over time to do incredible things! Thanks for the post. Just reading it made me feel more relaxed!

Alan Roy Hocking
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Nice article Holly As a stay at home dad with 10 year old twin daughters I find it very hard to find some “Me time” as you can imagine. I normally do my wind down and “inner Peace” moments when I go to bed. Just before I drop off to sleep I imagine I’m in my private sanctuary and I go back over all the good things that happened to me throughout the day and made me smile and give thanks to the universe for allowing me to share those moments with the people who mean the most to me.… Read more »
Brandon
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Hey there!

I really enjoyed your site. I think it it’s important to take time out of your day to relax and unwind, which is something that not a lot of people take the time to do. The techniques you provided sound really good and I cannot wait to implement them into my daily routine, especially the breathing control techniques. What would you say is the most efficient method of relaxation for someone that is always short on time?

Heather
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Hi Holly –

You are so right that taking time for ourselves is important. So many people (me included) can feel like doing things that nurish us are selfish.

It’s been hard for me to let of of that belief, whether because of being a natural caretaker or a type A personality. But after reading over your hints and the breathing exercise steps, I’m inspired to make that a part of my daily plan.

Tim
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I have to say I personally struggle to switch off, in fact I am really bad with this.

I am almost always ticking over about things, about my business mainly. Learning how to turn it all off at the end of the day is a real struggle for me.

I liked some of the points you made and what we can do to counteract this and get some peace. I will try your suggestions and see how they work. Thanks very much for posting

Stephen
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Hi Holly,

Just ran into to you today. Nice to meet you!

I must site I love the site. I have one that is similar in topic and would love to talk to you about it sometime.

Thanks for being a voice and sharing an important message with the world. Learning to take some time and look inside saved my life, my relationships, my career and my health.

Pretty impressive how much interaction you have here on your site.

love the site and will return.

Stephen

AlexRS
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Due to my stressful job, indeed there are times when i can´t seem to control my stress levels, and this will impact my entire day and interactions with people. I always try to be a positive person, but sometimes its just not possible.
I will be sure to try these techniques. Thank you for your post!
Alex

Peter
Guest

Hello Angel Great site and some excellent ideas here especially about taking time out to relax and sit still. That alone is a good concept to integrate into our daily routine. Yes lock the doors and hide away if you have too ha ha. Yes all good. thanks for sharing this with the world. 🙂

Julian
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First of all let me say that I like the design of your site. It looks like a diary and that is really cool. Its like your are writing your inner thoughts down and then sharing your diary to the world. I also like that you challenge the reader to try your relaxation techniques over 5-7 days. That is important because you cannot simply go to a quiet place, slow breathing, close eyes, take in the scenery one time and expect it to work.

Jessica
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Hi Holly, I have found that music is very relaxing to me especially in those times when my mind is so busy that it will not quiet. I just sit back and let the music take me. And I chose what I like and not any of that tranquil new age music. I think it has to be something you are willing to listen to. Since I was a kid, I also liked to create images in my head before I would sleep. So with music, I will play something I saw performed live and remember what it was like… Read more »
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