What is peace?
It can be an elusive concept frequently used this time of year when it comes to creating harmony throughout the world, but what does it look like on an individual basis and how does one find it?
For Dr. Graves, inner peace:
“comes from an understanding that external things are never enough; and that self-love, gratitude, connection, compassion, and balance can help manage the part of the brain (primarily the ego) that always wants more. Much of the time, it is about creating contentment in one’s life.”
Each individual will have a different concept of inner peace and may create and discover it in different ways. Some of those ways may be:
- creating quiet and/or down time
- experiencing acupuncture
- reflecting on the day and life in general
- keeping a gratitude journal
- processing emotions, letting oneself cry
- getting quality sleep
- helping others/volunteering
- eating a balanced, whole food diet
- spending time in nature
- cuddling with loved ones and/or pets
- turning off electronics
- taking a nap
- partaking in a fun activity/laughing
- enjoying a hobby
- connecting with others
In addition to activities that can encourage inner peace, plant medicine can also help.
It can be loving and kind to calm the parts of one’s mind that is causing distress and plant medicine can help do just that. Relaxing the fight-or-flight response can allow the brain rest and recovery which may lead to clarity and a sense of peacefulness. It can also support living in the moment.
Specific herbal supplements that Dr. Graves frequently recommends are:
- Tranquility™ by Mountain Peak Nutritionals
- Cortisol Manager® by Integrative Therapeutics
- Lavela WS 1265® by Integrative Therapeutics
- NeuroCalm™ by Designs for Health
- Adrenal Response® by Innate Response Formulas
- calming teas such as those with: kava, valerian, chamomile, lavender, ashwagandha, tulsi, licorice, passionflower, and/or maca
Dr. Graves believes it’s important for each individual to find their middle ground, discovering the different ways one uniquely feels inner peace. When these tools are consistently used, they can create new neural pathways over time, which provide healthy ways to deal with future stressors.
If you find yourself searching for inner peace and would like naturopathic support, please call us. We are here to help you in your journey!
Please contact our office at (303) 688-6698 or click here to schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation with Dr. Graves to discuss how our office may be able to encourage your self-discovery of inner peace.
The CNMA office provides naturopathic care, acupuncture, testing, massage, and holistic counseling to those in Castle Rock, Castle Pines, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Centennial, Parker, Larkspur, Monument, Colorado Springs, and the greater Denver metro area. For those outside of these areas, virtual appointments are available.
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