It’s amazing how much stuff we try to cram into our daily lives and then wonder why we are mentally and physically exhausted. If we make life complicated and fill it up with a bunch of “stuff,” how can we ever focus on what matters most?
Many of us are running around trying to squeeze everything we can out of life when, in fact, we’d be a whole lot happier and healthier if we savored the beauty of simplicity!
Being a mom to five very active children, working with my husband in our office and having several online businesses, I can relate to the feeling of ‘exhaustion’ but I have found ways to simplify my life and want to share them with you.
Here are some tips that work for me and you can apply to your life as well:
Clutter – When you eliminate the clutter around you, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the things are dearest to you.
Ask yourself: When was the last time I read the stack of magazines piled up on the floor? When did I last notice the details on one of those little trinkets I got while on vacation? When did I last wear the hat that seems to now be collecting dust in my closet? Give this stuff to someone who needs it!
De-cluttering will give you an opportunity to enjoy the things that truly matter to you. Plus you’ll feel a sense of relief with an organized working and living space.
Food – Food is another aspect of your life that can be simplified in many ways. Instead of worrying about the next bite, enjoy the taste of the food that’s already in your mouth. Savor it, let it all sink in and try to taste each flavor. Mmmm, now isn’t that better?
Consider the ingredients in your food. Take the time to use quality ingredients instead of processed or chemically enhanced foods. The end result will taste better, and your body and mind will thank you for the nourishment!
Gadgets – I know what you’re thinking I can’t live without my gadgets, but think of all the gizmos and gadgets in your life. Do you use them all? Do you even use half of them?
The more stuff we have to “connect” us, the more we become disconnected! Take the headphones out of your ears, turn off the car radio, and put down your cell phone. Instead of trying to be always connected, communicate with those around you. Nothing is more satisfying than a rewarding conversation with your child or spouse. Try having a family night without the interruptions of cell phones – you’ll be amazed how much fun you will have.
Thinking– A cluttered mind steers you away from what’s most important. The reality is that simple ideas are almost always better. By simplifying your thinking, you open your mind to new possibilities.
A simplified mind doesn’t mean you aren’t thinking, it just means that you’re choosing to focus on one thing with greater clarity.
When your attention is going in several directions, it’s awfully hard to make rational decisions. And if you’re dwelling in the past or worrying about the future, how can you live in the moment? Release distractions from your mind and you’ll not only feel better, but you’ll regain a sense of peace within you. Wow, can you feel the release?
Schedule – If you’re trying to jam a week into just a few days, you’ll certainly feel tension. The tension alone will distract you enough to take you away from where you were meant to be. Instead of wondering what’s next, lie and enjoy the here and now.
The most important I can share with you is to eliminate some of the clutter in your hectic schedule and do what’s best for you and your family. I can’t begin to explain how that has helped in our family. You don’t have to have a large family to feel the strains of a schedule. It’s important to let go and enjoy your time with your family. Remember our children are only young once, and you will want to create loving memories that will last forever.
Living life simply is extremely rewarding. It’s amazing how you will appreciate all that is around you daily when you take the time to stop and enjoy it. Try it, you’ll see the difference and wonder what took you so long.
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