Do you ever feel like your life is crazy busy and you simply don’t have time to do anything else? You lead a fast-paced existence, with work, family obligations, and social commitments all taking up the majority of your time. When you manage to squeeze in any free time, you are usually so exhausted that all you want to do is collapse on the sofa with some takeout and Netflix. If this sounds like you, it might be time for a change. Simplicity doesn’t mean cutting out all the activities that make you happy; it just means creating room for them by eliminating things that aren’t fulfilling or adding value to your life. Here are 8 simple ways to start living a simpler life today:
Eat mindfully and be present while you eat.
When you eat on the run, at your desk, or in front of the TV, you miss out on so much of the enjoyment of eating. When you eat in a rush, you don’t really taste your food, and it doesn’t give your body the fuel it needs to live your best life. When you take the time to eat mindfully, you can truly appreciate the food you are eating and the experience of eating it. You can also eat less because you are actually satisfied by your meal!
Create digital simplicity by unsubscribing from email and social media.
If you are like most people, you probably have too many apps and notifications that keep you busy, distracted, and ultimately feeling unfulfilled. When you go through your social media feeds, what do you feel? Are you happy or satisfied? Or do you feel a nagging sense of “what if?” What if you had more likes? What if you posted a picture that got more engagement? What if you only saw posts from the people you really care about? When you unsubscribe from email newsletters that don’t add value to your life, and you turn off push notifications on social media, you make room for experiences that truly matter.
Add more movement to your life.
You don’t need to become a fitness fanatic or start competing in marathons. You just need to add a little more movement to your life. Take the stairs at work, go for a walk during your lunch break, or go for a hike on the weekend. By adding a little more physical activity to your life, you will naturally increase your energy levels and decrease your stress. Movement is one of the simplest, but most overlooked ways to create simplicity in your life. Movement increases your energy, improves your overall health, and reduces stress, which helps you to be more present and productive. Movement is also accessible to almost everyone.
Make your bed an invitation to rest and recover.
If you have a messy and chaotic bedroom, it’s going to be a constant source of stress for you. You have to walk into it every single day, so it might as well be a place that inspires you to be happy and productive. If you are constantly trying to combat stress and chaos, it will be much harder for you to get a good night’s sleep or recover from a tough day. Start by making your bed an invitation to rest and recover. Organize your bedroom, and make sure it’s clean and clutter-free so you can truly relax and de-stress there.
Commit to self-care.
Self-care might sound like an indulgent activity reserved for celebrities and Instagram-famous yoga instructors, but it is truly one of the simplest ways to create simplicity in your life. By committing to activities that truly nurture and replenish you, you will be able to be more productive and creative during the rest of your day. By practicing self-care, you will also be setting an important example and teaching others how to do the same.
Banish guilt and obligation from your life.
Do you feel like you’re constantly doing things for other people and putting their needs above your own? This is a recipe for disaster and will lead to a life of stress and resentment. Let go of guilt and obligation by making clear decisions about what you want to do and what you don’t want to do. Banish guilt and obligation from your life and say “no” to the things you don’t want to do. If people are upset that you don’t want to do something, don’t worry about it. Focus on living your best life, and let other people worry about theirs.
Set boundaries for yourself and others.
A lack of boundaries has the potential to completely ruin your life if you don’t take action to set them. Set boundaries for yourself and others by making clear decisions about what you want from your relationships and what you don’t. Let people know how you feel and what you need from them. If people push against your boundaries, don’t let their actions drag you down. Instead, use them as an opportunity to appreciate how important your boundaries are.
As you can see, simplicity isn’t something you achieve overnight. It’s an ongoing journey. It’s a process of discovering what truly matters to you and eliminating the things that don’t add value to your life. By committing to simplicity, you will not only decrease the amount of stress in your life, but you will also free up more time to spend on the activities that truly bring you joy. Keep these tips in mind and start simplifying your life today! It will be well worth the effort.