Are you constantly stressed? Do you have too much going on? Are you struggling to keep up with work, hobbies, and family obligations? If so, why not try to simplify life and get rid of your extra stressors? Taking a few steps to get rid of some of the complexity in your life could go a long way towards improving your wellbeing.
Here are five effective ways to simplify life and live your life to the fullest.
Try a Minimalistic Lifestyle
Minimalistic living is most definitely in fashion these days, and with good reason. When you become a minimalist, you enjoy the benefits of a cleaner and more spacious living area. Clean and tidy areas with lots of natural light and minimal clutter are good for your mental well-being. Discard things that do not bring you joy. Stop buying things that you are not going to use.
When you do buy things, buy high-quality items that you really appreciate and that you can rely on. Make each item that is in your home serve a purpose.
Prune Your Friends List
If you wouldn’t keep “stuff” that does not serve you well, why would you keep around people that are bad for you? Choose your friends wisely. If there is someone who always bails on you, doesn’t care about your life, or brings you down, then consider whether you truly want to spend time with them.
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Treat your list of friends like your spare room: look at everyone, and consider cutting out people who don’t support you or treat you with the respect you deserve. Your friends should be awesome to you, and you should be awesome to them. You will be in a better position to have meaningful relationships with your friends if you have a shorter friends list and have more time to devote to them.
Take Control of Your Finances
Debt is stressful. It can be hard to keep track of your bills, and if you’re constantly skirting the edge of your overdraft, that could be causing undue stress for you. Spend a little time working out your finances, and you could find that you end up saving a lot of money in the long run.
Look for duplicates. Are you paying for more than one streaming service when they all do the same thing? Are you paying monthly subscriptions for games or entertainment that you don’t use? Are you paying for tens of gigabytes of data on your phone when you never use that amount of data? Do you really need that magazine subscription?
Cancel and downgrade what you can and put the extra money towards “snowballing” your debts, paying off the highest interest ones first. When that’s done, pay off the others. Find ways to save—for example, buy your travel pass monthly instead of weekly. Those little changes will all add up. It can be hard in the first few weeks to find the discipline to execute this, but in the long run, you will end up much better off.
Practice Self Care
There’s more to life than making money, and it’s important that you find ways to take good care of yourself. For instance, a great way to unwind after a long day is to lounge in the bath and try out some aromatherapy. Either add a few drops of essential oils to a bath, add these essential to a room diffuser, or try a terpene pen like Sexy.
Alternatively, try practicing yoga or get a massage. Whatever it is that you love, make sure you find some time to do it.
Self-care is something that can feel overly indulgent, but it is well worth doing. Remember that you cannot take care of others if you are not taking proper care of yourself.
Learn to Say No
One reason that people struggle so much with balancing their lives is that they try to take on too much. It’s important that you learn to say no when you don’t have the time, or if you just don’t have the ability or the inclination to help.
If you say “yes” to everything, then people will keep on asking you for more and more things. Remember that “no” is a complete sentence, and that you don’t have to justify or explain it if you do not want to. Yes, if someone is a good friend and you really would like to help them but simply cannot then you might feel that an explanation is warranted. If, however, you feel like people are just using you, then don’t worry too much about what they think of you. Once you learn that you are not obligated to help people because they ask, your life will become simpler.
Remember that you only get one life, and it’s important to spend this time wisely. Think about what you like and invest time in the things that matter the most to you. Sometimes you will have to do things you don’t enjoy or focus on tasks that aren’t fun, but everything that you do should serve a purpose. Whether that’s working to pay for a trip of a lifetime or babysitting for your best friend because you care about them, really think about how you spend your time.
Time, money, and energy are important resources. You have limited amounts of each. Remember to look after yourself and look after the people you care about so you can live your best life.
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