Sometimes it can seem difficult or even impossible to know how to remain calm and keep your peace. These days especially, we are so besieged by an overload of information from all angles that there is no doubt it’s affecting our ability to feel at peace, love ourselves, and be happy.

But armed with the understanding that our world is not necessarily conducive to our general mental health, what exactly can we do? Are there any actual positive steps we can take to keep our souls at peace in the age of information? As it happens, there just might be, and it is at least worth giving these a go if it feels to be necessary for our lives at any point.

Remain Present

Again and again, you find that the topic of conversation returns to being present. There’s a good reason for this, and it’s not just new age garbage. The truth is that as information and data overload force our attention this way and that more and more insistently, we have more and more reason to try our hardest to remain perfectly present.

By engaging in practices which encourage and build this learnable skill, such as meditation or basic breathing exercises, we come to see the ways in which information affects us, and we gradually learn the mental tools necessary for keeping our attention still and focused in the face of any data streams. Try building up a daily practice in being present, whatever that might mean for you. You will find it makes an enormous difference quite fast.

Use Technology Well

This is not to say that you should be doing away with technology altogether. For one thing, for most people that is just not practical or even possible if they want to continue getting on with their lives. But it’s also true that you can easily use technology in your daily life in such a way that it doesn’t detract from your experience of just being you.

In fact, the best way to do this is to use tech primarily as a means of connection and communication, as discussed in this article from Riddle Village. Used that way, and not just as distraction toys, mobile phones can be incredibly vital to our mental health – but can quickly become exactly the opposite if we overuse or abuse them.

Return To Nature

It might be helpful to think of the natural world as your actual home, and your house filled with gadgets and so on as a kind of fancy hotel room you happen to be staying in. at all times, the wilderness is calling out for your return, and on those occasions when you listen to it and do so, you will find it has a way of invigorating you again. Frequently returning to nature will do wonders in terms of keeping you happy, sane and at peace – no matter what might be going on in the world of people.

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Jamie Sanders is a freelance writer for many media outlets. She married her soulmate and writer, Dennis Sanders. They live in Boston with their two dogs.

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