When life gets hectic, stressful, or even depressing, it can seem like finding a sense of inner peace and calm is frankly impossible to reach.
But it is closer than you think and often all it takes is a few small shifts in your thinking and actions.
Facing your problems
Facing your problems and coping with change can be tough, but if they are holding you back, trying to ignore them will not help.
At times, life can seem out of control and unbalanced, lonely, hectic, or even agitated.
Whilst it might seem difficult to do, tackling them can be such a relief and bring a sense of inner peace.
Small steps to inner peace
It is unlikely that you will be able to change your thinking or your life overnight. Especially if your emotional problems stem from prolonged abuse or trauma that happened many years ago.
Letting go and moving on is not as easy as that and many people require ongoing counselling to help them move forwards.
Small steps in the right direction will get you into a much more peaceful state of being over time, but you need to allow yourself time to heal.
There are things you can do to help yourself on this journey to inner peace.
Meditation, yoga, and other exercise can be hugely beneficial and are accessible to most people to do, no matter your budget or health.
Meditation and sound healing have many proven benefits for improving mental health and wellbeing. There are smartphone apps and websites for both, and you might be able to find local meditation, sound healing or ‘gong bath’ events to attend. These are usually 45-60 minutes of relaxation laying on a mat on the floor taking in the sounds in deep relaxation. But you don’t have to do it keeping still, there are walking meditations available to listen to.
Yoga and other body-posture exercise can help too. Gentle stretching while in a meditative state like yoga, Pilates, or Qigong focus on breathing slowly and deeply to increase your oxygen levels and relax your body. This helps release some of the ‘happy hormones’ such as serotonin and dopamine into your system which can give you a more positive outlook on life. Look on YouTube for free videos to guide you.
Higher intensity or cardio exercises like running, swimming, cycling, or even skipping can also help immensely and will send endorphins racing around your body which give you an instant boost in mood. You don’t need expensive gym memberships for these, you can run locally, wild swim in the sea or lakes, pick up a second-hand bike online, and buy a skipping rope from Argos or Amazon for a few pounds.
The word Irinni is taken from the Greek word meaning peace.
My reason for using this name for my counselling practice came about when I was training, as everyone I worked with commented that it was a peaceful experience.
Peace can be found in stillness and calm, and my aim is to work with you through psychotherapeutic counselling to reach some peace in your life.
Counselling is proven to be an effective talking therapy, and by discussing your feelings and thoughts, we can explore, together, areas where life seems out of control and work towards bringing solutions to the situation.
It may be difficult to talk at first, possibly even scary, but once that fear is shared, healing from the inside can begin.
I offer a safe space, giving you the opportunity to talk with someone, to break out of the patterns that have been used, to reflect on past difficulties, life’s issues, relationship difficulties, and to find ways of finding inner peace.
To book a counselling session or find out more about how I can help you, you can contact me here.