The Importance of Peace for the Working Lady
BY: ASHLEY JOHNSON
The world we live in is a continuous string of “go, go, go” and if you can’t find peace amidst all of the chaos, it’s easy to lose sight of who you are and who you’re going to be. Learn to calm your mind and come back to center—the place where you feel the most like you—and you’ll walk away from any task feeling confident that you made the right decision.
Working in a market that is constantly moving and changing, it’s more than easy to get caught up exclusively in the things I’m doing from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. By allowing myself to go home and exclusively think about the things I’ve been worrying about all day, I’m unable to think about the things that bring me peace and joy. One day, I decided my mindset had to change because thinking about your job 100-percent of the time will bring you nothing but stress and anxiety. There’s a reason people have days off—you lose your mind when you don’t pay attention to the peaceful moments your brain relies on to properly function.
If finding a peaceful moment means logging off of email and closing your laptop, do it. Your work will be there in the morning and unless you’re a brain surgeon, you can probably leave the message unread for a few hours. Spend these limited hours doing things for yourself and as hard as it may be, don’t let your long day of work and responsibility leave you dry and uninspired. Blog, read, knit, play with your kids, or go for a sunset drive. Find the things that bring you most peace and prioritize those moments.
When you don’t let your mind and body know peace, a very funny thing happens: you forget what it is to relax and enjoy life. Catching myself in a pattern of stress and focusing on the elements of my life I couldn’t control, I knew I had to launch myself out of the dark and sad hole I was digging. I forgot what it was to be carefree and actually breathe. That feeling of being wound so tight isn’t one I’d wish on anyone so if you find yourself stuck in this kind of rut, there’s always a way out; all you need is peace. Keep in mind the person you know you are, and all of the things that make you feel alive and at peace. Because when you lose sight of who you are and become the person everyone else wants you to be, you forget to dream and you forget about everything you were meant to achieve.
Ashley Johnson is the managing editor of She Reads by day and an aspiring novelist by night. Blogging her way through college, Ashley graduated Northern Arizona University with a degree in English in 2017. When she’s not catching up on the best new reads from her favorite publishers, she can be found taking naps with her four loyal chihuahuas and claiming her rightful title of “VIB Rouge” at Sephora.