As polymaths we become so overwhelmed with our project and our passions that sometimes we feel lost amidst the jungle of the things that we do. Just like anybody else, finding inner peace is a challenge and in fact more than a challenge to us, considering the myriads of things that we do at the same time. Finding inner peace is a choice, and many of our habits determine how we may find it. The following life hacks for polymaths might be able to help you find inner peace.
1. Focus only on things you can control. – I’ve always loved this prayer “God grant me the serenity to change the things that I can, to accept the things that I can’t change and the wisdom to know the difference. This prayer has guided me all my life. Why should I worry about those things you can’t control when I couldn’t do anything to change the situation? It is only a waste of time and energy to do so. I’d rater focus on things wherein I can do something about.
2. Be true to yourself – You only have a short time in this planet, so live the life you want to live. A lot of stress can come from living up to the expectations of others. We are constantly subjected to forces that influence our decisions everyday. Do not allow society or anyone else to dictate your choices. If you live a life that is aligned with your values, you will be more at peace with yourself.
3. Eat healthy – Try this for a change, eat healthy for one month and then the next month eat junk and notice the difference. Note the change on how you feel. You feel much better off if you eat healthy then when you were eating junk. You will have this overall sense of wholeness, well-being and peace knowing that you are feeding your body the right things.
4. Exercise regularly – Google it and you will find that studies shows that exercise is a powerful depression fighter. It promotes all kinds of changes in the brain, including neural growth, reduced inflammation, and new activity patterns that promote feelings of calm and well being. Exercise is said to treat mild to moderate depression as effectively as antidepressant medication—but without the side effects. Don’t make an excuse that you don’t have time. Besides what is only required is only 45 minutes at least 3 times a week. If you can do it everyday why not. Make sure that you have a regular exercise schedule as it can prevent relapsing. Have you ever noticed how great you feel as you’re walking out of the gym? Exercise feels good, and you feel good about yourself for doing it.
5. Go out and spend time with nature – According to a study by Stanford University, a 90-minute walk through nature can positively affect your brain. In the said study the participants who walked through nature showed lower levels of blood flow to the parts of the brain associated with rumination (the tendency to repetitively think about the causes, situational factors, and consequences of one’s negative emotional experience). So take a long walk in the park or spend sometime off and go camping You will feel different compared to sitting in your office.
6. Help others – Doing something nice and helping others is a great way to take your focus off of yourself. You become more aware that others are struggling, too. You will feel good when you help others and you will have this altruistic feeling that somehow you have contributed to the common good.
7. Be assertive – Don’t be passive. Exercise control over your life. You can be bold without being aggressive. Be frank and open with what you want. It is most likely that you will get what you want.
8. Meditate – The Bible gives this very good advice when it says “Be still and know that I am God.” Being silent, being still is something that is severely lacking in our fast paced society today. When you are still and when you are meditating it produces a calming effect. It helps you to think and see life and its challenges more accurately as you zoom out and see the entire forest instead of just the trees. If you become still, quite, meditate and ponder upon things, you will find that life is not so bad after all. Everything is often better than they seem.
All our accomplishments, passions and project as polymaths can’t replace inner peace. What is important that we leave this world someday knowing that we have lived life to the fullest and in the process was at peace with ourselves at all times.