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LIVING WITH MORE PEACE AND JOY: GUEST POST

LIVING LIFE WITH MORE PEACE AND JOY // Our Urban Box

Today I am beyond excited to have Lisa from The Art of Joy guest posting. Lisa is here to give us her tips on how to find more peace and joy in our busy lives. Lisa is passionate about sharing her life lessons, both big and small, in the hope that they will inspire and support others. Lisa is a passionate mother, blogger, fundraiser, event manager and volunteer for many causes close to her heart. She loves to take photos, cook and celebrate with loved ones and painting her furniture white.

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 Top Tips for Finding Peace and Joy in a Busy World

It can seem overwhelming at times, the demands of parenting, work, wellbeing, family and trying to find some peace and joy in such a busy world!

It is possible and in fact it is essential for your wellbeing, to find some peace. We all know the harmful effects of working long hours, not taking care of our bodies and minds, and we all know how this impacts our families.

Even in the midst of the busiest day you can pause and find some peace, here are my tips that I hope you find helpful (and peaceful!).

LIVING LIFE WITH MORE PEACE AND JOY // Our Urban Box

It is important to let go of any guilt firstly: you are doing the best that you can do and you always have. It only matters what you do from this moment onwards, it is never too late to turn things around a little, or a lot if needed!

Holding onto guilt and carrying this harmful emotion around with you is blocking your path to peace, let it go! If this is easier said than done, I suggest a little practice. As soon as you can sense guilt creeping into your thinking, witness it and make a statement to yourself (in your head or out loud if possible) that you choose to let go of the guilt. I know this may sound a little ‘woo woo’ however it works, please give it a try.

Prioritise self-care: this will make such a huge difference. At times you might feel that this is a little self indulgent, or not as important as the other things on your list, that is not the case! Self care is essential if you really want to create some more peace in your busy world. Self-care is a very personal thing, make a list of the things that nurture you. It might be reading, meditating, running, blogging, walking, shopping, meeting friends, volunteering, painting, rearranging the house, a long bath.

Keep this list handy at all times and ensure that you put aside at least 30 minutes a day to practice one of your chosen self care activities. Prioritise this the same way that you would prioritise any other appointment, put it into your diary.

Utilise technology: there are loads of apps that can assist you with finding some more peace in your busy world. Try Smiling Mind for short meditations, these can be done on the train, at your desk, in bed at night. If you do a lot of typing, writing or blogging, install Om Writer and create a beautiful, peaceful environment for yourself to escape to every time you are writing!

Declutter: this is one of the most effective ways to live a more peaceful life. It is a simple practice, it may take a little discipline if you tend towards hoarding though! It is well worth the effort, scale back and bring on the zen! This book – “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” will get you started on your path to clean, tidy and peaceful!

Scale back your media: if you are anything like me, it comes at you from all angles, at all hours of the day! Filter your feeds carefully and only allow positive, helpful and uplifting news into your life! Remove anything that is not giving you good vibes, and ensure that your home is not wired for constant bombardment by screaming commercial news and other toxic media!

Plan your meals: if you can put aside 30 minutes each Sunday afternoon or whichever day of the week works best for you, to plan out your meals this is a good preventative measure to avoid stress and channel some more peace at home! Grab yourself a nice Meal Planner and your cookbooks, map out at least a few days at a time and then fill your fridge ready to breeze into meal times. More peace is guaranteed if you implement this practice!

Create a peaceful space at home: spend a little time preparing a space at home where you know you can escape for some peace, even if only for a few minutes. It might be a space outdoors if possible, a daybed on a balcony, or a small corner of your living room, it does not really matter, as long as you can make this space meaningful and peaceful. Grab a few things that create a sense of peace for you, maybe some new cushions, some of your favourite books or magazines, a nice candle. Let your family or house mates know that this space is sacred!

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Hopefully you are able to take a few of these ideas and get yourself set up for some more peace and a little less of the head spinning chaos that we love at times but could certainly do without other times! Please do let Fleur and I know in the comments if you have any of your own tips to share too! Wishing you an abundance of zen, wellbeing and love!!

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I absolutely adore this post, thank you so much Lisa for guiding me in the right direction to bring back some peace and joy into my life. I think the first thing on my list is to scale back my media and make my feed a positive space.

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All images used belong to Lisa Humphries, The Art of Joy xx 

I really hope you love this post as much as I do. Do you need more peace and joy in your life? How do you think you can achieve that?

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29 Comments

  1. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid

    March 26, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Yay, Fleur, this is a wonderful post! Love your work, Lisa! As always such good ideas. Self care is so important, isn’t it? Some people mistake self care for self indulgence, but it’s not a luxury, it’s a necessity to keep us on an even keel! I’m totally going to check out the book on decluttering, for me, it’s not just about the physical act of getting rid of stuff, it’s about mentally decluttering too. Sometimes, our brains are just too busy!
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    1. Lisa Humphries

      March 26, 2015 at 9:41 am

      Sammie I love a mental declutter too, the chaos in my head is at times out of control 😉
      SO many ideas, thoughts, plans and other busy business going on in there xx
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      1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

        March 26, 2015 at 9:33 pm

        Isn’t it Sammie? So please you love it. I loved every word and each tip is fantastic. I agree, it is definitely a must to take time each day to do something just for you. I am going to check out the om writer app! It sounds really interesting. xx
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  2. Lisa Humphries

    March 26, 2015 at 9:44 am

    Thank you for bringing my post to life and making it look so lovely Fleur!
    I am so happy that you love it xx
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      March 26, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      Thank you for taking the time to write it. It means a lot to me x

  3. Mum Of Five Girls

    March 26, 2015 at 12:19 pm

    Oh gosh I need to do all of these things I think! I definitely need more peace and joy!

    With 5 daughters, endless school commitments with after school activities and sport thrown in I generally don’t know if I am Arthur or Martha lol !!

    I think I had better go and follow Lisa’s facebook page right now!
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    1. Lisa Humphries

      March 26, 2015 at 4:54 pm

      Hi Veronica 🙂
      Hope that you find a little peace and joy through my sharing, I can imagine how busy you must be with 5 girls! xx Wishing you lots of lovely calm moments!
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    2. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      March 26, 2015 at 9:35 pm

      Hope you find so calm soon Veronica! Life is so hectic with school aged kids, I couldn’t imagine how busy you must be with 5.
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  4. erin @ erinmadethis.com

    March 26, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    What amazing tips from Lisa. Reading her posts always make my heart sing. Going to check out Om Writer x
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      March 26, 2015 at 9:36 pm

      Me too Erin. Her blog is such a peaceful and inspiring space. x
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    2. Lisa Humphries

      March 30, 2015 at 11:32 am

      Thank you lovely Erin, your words made my day today xx
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  5. Sonia Life Love Hiccups

    March 26, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    What a gorgeous post – I feel peaceful just reading this. I love that photo of Lisa and her little cherub, You can just feel the love between them xx
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    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      March 26, 2015 at 9:40 pm

      So pleased you like it Sonia. That photo is beautiful, full of love and joy! xx
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    2. Lisa Humphries

      March 30, 2015 at 11:34 am

      So glad that you felt the peace Son xx
      And thank you for the lovely words about that photo of Byron and I – it is my all time favourite xx
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  6. Allison Tait

    March 27, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    This is a timely post for me. I could definitely do with a mental de-clutter!
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    1. Lisa Humphries

      March 30, 2015 at 11:35 am

      Wishing you lots of good + peaceful vibes for your mental declutter Allison xx
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  7. Deb @ inner compass designs

    March 27, 2015 at 10:00 pm

    Fab tips. I need to try the meditation app. I really want to start doing 15 minutes a day of yoga and 15 min of meditation. Love the vibe here xx
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    1. Lisa Humphries

      March 30, 2015 at 11:36 am

      Thank you Deb xx
      15 minutes of meditation will definitely change your day for the better 🙂
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  10. Jenni from Styling Curvy

    March 28, 2015 at 9:37 am

    How did I miss this post this week? Love it, we are SOOO on the same page Lisa, when life is cluttered mentally or physically we can’t possibly make room for or invite more joy in. I like to drop on my mat for 5 or 10 minutes of yoga too, just to centre my thoughts and breathing.
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    1. Lisa Humphries

      March 30, 2015 at 11:37 am

      Thank you beautiful Jen, my kindred spirit in all things peace + zen xx

  11. Jesse

    March 28, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    What a beautiful post from Lisa, Thanks for sharing Fleur! I soooo need a peaceful, restful space, I’m going to do it! x

    1. Fleur - Our Urban Box

      March 29, 2015 at 9:26 pm

      This is one of my most favourite posts to date. Lisa is just amazing. So pleased you liked it. And a big yes to a peaceful space.

    2. Lisa Humphries

      March 30, 2015 at 11:37 am

      Sounds lovely Jesse, enjoy creating your own peaceful space! xx
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  12. Kate

    March 30, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Decluttering is a big one for me and always makes me feel a lot calmer! I have so much stuff lying around from all the activities I like to do, rollerblades, surfboard, snowboard, skateboard. I need a good storage system for it all! I also love to have a peaceful go to place to clear the mind. I really enjoyed this read, thanks! Kate, Wondrous
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    1. Lisa Humphries

      March 30, 2015 at 11:39 am

      Thank you Kate, it is so nice to hear that you enjoyed the post xx
      Good luck with your de-cluttering, it is the best medicine and definitely clears the way for more peace + joy!!
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  13. Kristy @ Loulou Zoo

    April 3, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    This is a great post! Even the images were very calming for me! We are moving house soon and I really want to create a happy little space for me to work in, I LOVE the picture in the post..good inspiration (I’ll pin that for later).

    Thanks for linking up with Wellness Wednesday! x
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