I like to pass on good tips, and these ways to simplify your life make a lot of sense. The constant stress we feel because life is so complicated isn’t good for our health. Here are six tips to have a simpler lifestyle:
1. De-Clutter Your Home
Look around. If you have piles of paper, too many “things” and nic-nacs laying around, it’s hard to think clearly and function. An open, clear space allows our minds to feel open and more peaceful. Tackle one room at a time. Be ruthless and donate or toss everything that isn’t useful, beautiful, or has special memories.
2. Limit Family Activities
Try to force family members to choose only those activities that are most important. Many of us are over-scheduled and have no time to “just see where the day will take us.” Thirty years ago no stores were open on Sundays and there wasn’t much to do except go on picnics or just hang out with friends and family. It’s okay to “veg out” and may even be good for your family’s health.
3. Stop Buying Things
Although the discount stores (Target, Cosco, Marshalls, etc.) bring us convenience and value, they also create consumers who just can’t resist the bargains they see. I know so many people with stuff they do not need. Along with de-cluttering the home, you have to stop buying things in order to create a clean environment. This may take discipline for many people but if you just stop going to stores it helps. Resist impulse buys and only purchase what is truly needed.
4. Avoid Negative People
It is truly OK to distance yourself from people who bring you down. Studies have shown that the attitudes of people around you, affect your attitude. Choose positive and supportive people to hang with and avoid those toxic relationships.
5. Plan Your Meals
Take the time to make a shopping list and plan some meals ahead. Eating fresh food rather than packaged food is so beneficial to your health and the mindfulness that comes with planning and cooking is a good thing. Stroll through a farmers market or find a new simple recipe online and test it out.
6. Throw away paper
If you are reading this, you have a computer. Recycle magazines, phone books, catalogs, and extra paper that is laying around. Put up a chalk board in the kitchen to write notes on and don’t print anything from the computer unless you know you must have a hard copy.
You deserve a peaceful, stress-free life. Getting rid of clutter is one of the most important things you can do to create an environment that supports calmness.
*This blog post was originally published at EverythingHealth*