Whether you’re struggling with the impact of a loved one’s substance abuse or trying to escape family violence, peace can seem impossible to find. As hard as it may seem to find peace in a chaotic situation, it is possible.
Many people find peace by making time for silence. Get away from your cell phone, the TV, Twitter, and other media and get to a place where you can avoid the noise and distractions of our day. For some, this also serves as an ideal time for meditation or prayer, where they can turn to a source of spiritual strength for added peace. Regardless of your level of spirituality, finding a quiet place where you can relax and ponder can be a great way to organize your thoughts, relax, and find peace.
Serving others is one of the best things you can do to find peace. This might seem counterintuitive, especially when you have major problems of your own to deal with. However, research has consistently found that volunteering and serving others can improve your feelings of happiness and self-worth. It can help you build positive relationships. These good feelings can carry over into the rest of your activities, helping you maintain a happy, peaceful attitude even when things in your own life seem out of control.
Talking with others can also bring you peace. Many individuals benefit from counseling, where they receive guided emotional support to help them confront their problems. Others benefit from finding a close friend who they can speak with. These steps can help you reduce your stress about your situation, but also help you gain access to necessary tools for escaping the challenges of substance abuse or family violence.
By taking these and other appropriate steps, you’ll be able to find inner peace and strength, regardless of what is going on around you.