• Ashley Turner

Protecting your mind, space + peace

Maybe you’ve heard the saying “protect your peace” before. But do you really know what it means to do that? Oftentimes we let outside influences - people, situations, life experiences, etc. - to reign power over our lives. Today, I encourage you to take a moment to think about how you can cultivate a better life towards protecting your mind, space and peace.

Protecting your mind:

  • What we choose to fill our minds with will effect how we go about each day. So something I started practicing recently is, not starting the day with my phone. Instead of turning right to social media or your email first thing in the morning, start the day with prayer, meditation or some form of inspiration.

  • Limiting your social media intake as a whole is best for us anyway. With all that’s going on in the world, giving yourself permission to disconnect is good for the soul.

Protecting your peace:

  • For me, this means protecting and honoring my emotions and not letting someone else's actions have power over me. We're in complete control of our thoughts and feelings - even though when my anxiety takes over and it feels like I have no control whatsoever - I can still choose to have peace in my life. I’m learning to accept that my feelings and emotions are totally valid and absolutely should be expressed, and I’m also learning to let it go! Feel whatever it is you’re feeling, and also allow yourself the freedom to release that energy.

Protecting your space:

  • I’m specifically talking about our physical space and who we allow to be in it. I'm such an introvert, so constantly giving my energy to others is incredibly draining for me. I value my self-care and alone time so much, and saying 'no' to activities when I need a break is what works for me. Taking space and time for yourself is absolutely necessary to keep your cup replenished and full.

  • On the other hand, if there are people or things in your life that aren’t serving you - it’s time to free yourself of that as well. Ask yourself - Is this ____ adding value to my life? Create healthy boundaries for yourself and honor those every day.

I’ll leave you with these four mantras:

  • Everyone does not deserve access to me.

  • My peace of mind is vital to my mental health.

  • Self-care is not selfish.

  • I will always put myself first.

Reflection questions:

How are you protecting your mind, space and peace right now?

What things, if any, do you need to cleanse from your life?

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