5 Ways To Slow Down And Start Living A More Relaxed Simple Life
"Slow down and enjoy the journey right now. Take time for the people in your life, they won't always be there."
"Simple living encompasses a number of voluntary practices to simplify one's lifestyle."
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We hear a lot about simple living these days. Everyone seems to be looking for a less complicated, less hectic way of living. We all want more time for the things that matter. And more time for the people we love. And really, isn't that the way it should be?
We have all had a couple of somewhat crazy and very stressful years. Now more than ever is the time to make the most of each day. Live a life that truly works for us—a life filled with family and love.
If possible, start by getting up early to avoid rushing around. It's never good to start your day off already feeling behind.
Keep in mind that how your day starts can determine how the rest of your day goes.
Learn to sit quietly and savor your morning coffee. Consider it a little me-time. Focus on your coffee and your breakfast and nothing else.
Slowing down is part of living a more simple life. Life was meant to be savored, not something to be lived in a continual rush. What's the hurry?
Don't overdo your To-Do list. Don't put twenty things on your to-do list when you know darn well half of them will not get completed. That will only leave you frustrated at failing to complete that list.
Stop over-committing yourself. You can't be at four places at once. You need to prioritize.
Get out and get some fresh air. Take a daily walk outside. Exercise and fresh air are winning ideas.
Allow yourself to use the word no! Don't be afraid to set some boundaries. Accept that you have limitations to what you can reasonably accomplish. Why even try to do more than you know you can do?
Put your cell phone in a drawer for a few hours. Don't listen to any news and stay off social media. Enjoy a couple of stress-free hours. If you make that a habit, you may find yourself looking forward to those few media-free hours.
And try shutting off all those notifications on your phone. Do you need to know instantly that someone posted on Facebook or that you have a new message?
Start automating your bills—one less thing on your to-do list. Set them up at the first of the month and forget about it.
No rushing through meals. Sit at the table and slowly eat your meal. No distractions. No TV. Maybe just some light conversation.
Declutter your home. Less stuff can equal less stress. More organization can equal more relaxation.
Set aside sometime each day to do something you enjoy. Something that makes you happy. And it's okay to use that time for a bit of a nap. Or perhaps a nice soothing bath. Whatever it is that makes you happy, work it into your day.
Remind yourself that having more is not the answer to having a happy life. Being grateful for what you have is what will bring you happiness.
At times many of us spend too much time and energy laboring toward acquiring possessions instead of taking the time to make to enjoy the little things. The little things will be the happy memories we look back on with smiles and love in the long run. And our possessions will have long faded from our memory.
Ditch the drama. And ditch the negative people in your life. Stick with those that make you feel good about yourself. And anyone who gives off positive vibes.
I am certainly not suggesting that you will lead a perfect, stress-free life if you follow all my suggestions. But I believe that it might just get you started creating your version of a slower, happier life.
Something tells me if you're hanging out with positive people, being good to yourself, and not over-extending yourself, you are on your way
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"There comes a time in your life, when you walk away from all the drama and people who create it. You surround yourself with people who make you laugh. Forget the bad and focus on the good. Love the people who treat you right, pray for the ones who do not. Life is too short to be anything but happy. Falling down is a part of life, getting back up is living."