Here are some ways to cultivate stillness and mental peace:
Regular meditation practice is one of the most effective ways to develop inner stillness and peace of mind. Even starting with 5-10 minutes a day can make a difference. Focus on your breath, a mantra or sound. Let thoughts come and go without engaging them.
Certain yoga poses and practices can help calm the mind. Yoga nidra (yogic sleep) is a guided meditation for deep relaxation.
Reduce stimulation –
Limit time spent on electronics, social media and multi-tasking. Give your mind breaks from the constant stream of information and stimulation. Practice being present with one task at a time.
Spend time in nature –
Being outdoors in natural settings like parks, gardens, beaches can help quiet the mind. Focus on the sights, sounds and sensations of nature. Leave technology behind.
Mindful activities –
Incorporate mindfulness into daily activities like eating, walking, gardening, etc. Bring your full attention to each moment without thinking of the past or future.
Write down your thoughts in a free-flowing way. Let worries, concerns and ideas come out onto the page without editing or judging. This can give your mind a “dump” to feel clearer.
Deep breathing –
Practice deep belly breathing for 5-10 minutes, focusing just on your breath. Inhale slowly for 5 counts, hold 2-3 seconds, exhale slowly for 6-7 counts.
Maintain good sleep habits –
Get 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Avoid electronics before bed. Establish a relaxing pre-sleep routine. This allows your mind and body to recharge fully.
Hope this helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.