5 Tips for A Peaceful Heart

 

Peaceful Heart Equals Healthy Body
A Peaceful Heart Leads to a Healthy Body

I am a very calm person and many times friends ask why.  The number one reason is my trust and faith in God.  We all have choices of how we handle stress and the following tips are a few that help me.

  • Early to Rise – I learned a long time ago when my girls were small that I need quiet time each morning.  This habit started many years ago with a New Year’s resolution and a daily devotional I received as a gift for Christmas.  Even if you can start by setting the alarm just 15 minutes earlier. Before you dress, or shower, go find a comfy place to sit and take in the quietness of the house.  Just sit and “listen” to the silence while everyone is still sleeping.  During my quiet time I pray, read my devotional and the Bible; then journal what I’m grateful for and write down my burdens. Being thankful and letting go of my worries and giving to God to start each day brings a peaceful heart. 😇

 

Rise and Shine

 

  • Hurting People Hurt – When others hurt you with words, it is hard to do, but unless you allow them to bring you down, they can’t.  It is not okay to let someone verbally abuse you, but if it is just a rude person you encounter in your day or a friend/family that is short with you; just let it go and don’t harp on it or retaliate.  Usually rude people are hurting themselves and taking out on those around them.  Don’t get caught up in the downward spiral of their negativity. Staying positive may even change their mood and will always bring you a peaceful heart. 🤔

 

  • Exercise – is another big one.  If you are not one that is in the habit of regular exercise, do the same as just getting 15 minutes of quiet time, start out with a 15 minute walk or stretching, or yoga…any kind of deliberate movement.  Back in the 90’s I was a Reebok step aerobics instructor.  It was so rewarding to see new participants come in that could not exercise for 5 minutes without stopping out of breath, but by the end of the session, they were able to get through the full class.  I can promise that you will NEVER work out and say, “I wish I would not have done that.”  You will always say, “I am so happy I worked out.”  Tell yourself that and just do it. I love to run, but some days I get home from work and have so many things to get done, it would be easy to put it off, but I go get on my workout clothes and head out the door.  This helps me through the evening with more energy and a better attitude.  The endorphins released when you exercise will help you let go of frustration and stress; hence a peaceful heart. 😉

 

 

  • Procrastination Causes Stress – The things that we procrastinate only makes us stressed out because whatever it is we are putting off is constantly in the back of our minds like a junk drawer that you don’t like to open.  Make a list of things that need to get done and stick on the fridge and complete one at a time and mark it off.  Such a freeing feeling to see progress!  A checked off ‘To Do List’ definitely equals a peaceful ❤

 

Procrastination causes stress

 

  • Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew – This is basic, but so important.  If you don’t have time and are asked to do something that will stress you and take time away from your family, it is okay to say no.  I am not good about this and need to be better.  😩  Time is precious and when our life is too busy, we lose ourselves and get stressed and it takes away our peace.

 

These are just a few things that give me a more peaceful life and clearer mind.  I am a firm believer that a Peaceful Heart Leads to a Healthy Body. Proverbs 14:30

 

Pics from our weekend below.  We attended the 7th Annual Kentucky Derby party at Bending Branch Winery in Comfort, Texas.  It was perfect weather and perfect company of best friends.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About The Author

Pamela Mcintosh

I love to run and run to stay healthy. After cancer, I started running more and run a half marathon every year. My philosophy is “It is me vs. me.” I try to avoid getting caught up on how fast my time is, but do wish I was faster. Most importantly, just thankful I am healthy.