What Is Peace Of Mind? What Is A Calm Mind?
How To Calm Your Mind
There are a few guaranteed ways to calm the mind. First, before beginning, you’ll need to make a promise to yourself that this is important to you and your mental health. So dedicate yourself, your time, and your efforts to bettering your mental condition. Create a real commitment to this and you will see it pay you back in dividends.
Secondly, block out some time in your schedule to devote to calming your mind. Preferably it should be the first activity in the day, especially before brewing your morning cup of coffee. Caffeine and other stimulants only make it more difficult and don’t help with how to keep your mind calm.
Thirdly, remove any and all distractions, especially digital devices, from your environment. Also be sure no one disturbs or interrupts this special time to yourself. It is a time for peace of mind. This separation from the world is required for you to learn how to keep your mind calm and regain tranquility.
Step #1 – Darken the room. There shouldn’t be bright sunlight. Lights should be off. Close blinds if you need to.
Step #2 – Choose a location to sit. You can sit on the floor cross-legged or sitting on a chair. If you choose a chair, do not lean on the chair. Your goal should be to sit with your back straight. Scootch to the edge of the chair, so that you are not tempted to lean back. Or if possible, use a stool or a hard topped ottoman.
Step #3 – Begin to breathe in and out at a slower pace than usual. Also begin to breathe slightly deeper than usual. Slow down your breathing and fill your lungs, but only to a slight degree. It shouldn’t feel forced. Try to make slowing down your pace of breathing as natural and fluid as possible.
Step #4 – Close your eyes. And focus on your breathing. Begin to use a count to measure your breathing. Choose a number that works for you. For example: Choose the number 5 and then breathe in to a count of 5. Then breathe out to a count of five. Do this for a minimum of 10 rounds. Don’t worry about counting the rounds. You will feel a difference after enough time.
Step #5 – As you breathe, you’ll notice that thoughts will filter in. You have two options: (1) Grab a pen / pencil and a notepad and write the thought down. Just a brief note or reminder will do. (2) The other option is acknowledge the thought and then let it pass. Tell yourself you’ll revisit it later and go back to counting your breath.
Continue with the above for a solid 5 minutes. Commit to doing this mental exercise twice a day. Once right after you wake up. And once right before bed. Try not to place any other activity between the time you lift your head off of the pillow and this mental exercise. The same goes for when you place your head on the pillow. It should be right after you’ve finished your 5 minutes.
How To Keep Your Mind Calm
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