By: Barbara Ostrove, Director of Occupational Therapy, Butler Hospital

Peace of mind comes in many different forms and is an individualized pursuit. As a proud sponsor of the third annual PeaceLove Studios mental wellness event, “Peace of Mind Storytellers,” Butler Hospital used the peace of mind theme to ask staff and members of the Facebook community what brought them peace of mind.

The answers vary greatly, but some key trends emerged, like family and nature. Our lives can be so busy, confusing and complex, it’s important to consciously seek ways to let our minds rest. What’s intriguing is that for some this rest comes in the form of meditative practice, like the quietness of a walk in the woods. Others allow their mind to rest by focusing on one task, like gardening, which allows them to step away from all their other thoughts for a moment.

The answers we received upon asking people what gave them peace of mind vary greatly, but you’ll see common themes like nature and family:

  • I get peace of mind from listening to music, the beach and also riding my bike on the bike path.

  • Helping others gives me piece of mind.

  • Working in the garden gives me peace of mind.

  • My children and husbands wellbeing. Vacations, feeling positive and God’s presence.

  • Enjoying the sunshine on the deck my husband built while rocking in the chair my great friend gifted me…feeling wrapped in love.

  • Being by the Ocean gives me peace of mind, and being blessed to have such wonderful family, friends and co-workers in my life.

  • Knowing my family is healthy gives me peace of mind.

  • There are a few things that give me peace of mind. First is my family including my kids and playing with our dog. She helps to decrease our tension, (touch is a powerful sense) and she provides us with unconditional love. Second is acceptance. Accepting that there is few guarantees in the world and learn to tolerate the uncertainties of life. Acceptance of what I can and cannot control. The third way I find peace of mind is seeing failure as a learning curve. Over the year, I learned I can only improve by trying new things. How can you improve or learn anything if you never fail? A healthy attitude towards failure encourages bravery and confidence.

  • Writing down what I am grateful for.

  • Running gives me peace of mind.

  • I get peace of mind when out in nature… be it the woods (and by the sea) hiking, kayaking, listening to the sounds, or just breathing in the fresh air. I am seeing something new all the time. All else seems to leave my present mind. Just fifteen minutes can rejuvenate me. I have no explanation for it. But I do tell others to LOOK UP at the sky at least 1-3 times a day and take in a deep breath. It works. I have added photography over the year, and shared this with my son by passing onto him my last camera. He too goes to nature (mainly the woods) to find HIS PEACE. People can go there and walk, have picnics, but our peace is being away from the crowd and letting nature do all its magic.

  • Knowing I have a home that makes me feel safe, and the love I have and receive from my children.

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Consider what gives you peace of mind and then see how you can work that activity— or quiet reflective time—into your life. The practice of giving your mind rest is restorative and can benefit for your overall health.

Learn more about Barbara Ostrove and her work as director of occupational therapy at Butler Hospital by reading about her recent award and recognition.