Simple living is a unique approach for each person. However, the actual concept behind maintaining a simple life is mainly to get rid of any extra mental and physical clutter, so that you can move through life a little more easier. By simplifying your life, you will feel lighter, more at ease, be more in control, waste less time (time that we’re not getting back), and so much more.
In short, living a more simplified life allows people to absorb and appreciate each day to the fullest, even when the going gets tough. So, if having an easier life is something you aspire, but not sure where to start, then read our nine simple steps below to making your life a little more easier today.
1. Stop Ruminating
We are all on this planet, for a short time. If you find that you are spending the majority of your time ruminating on how bad things are, you are wasting your time and your life, period. Moving past difficult situations is, just that, difficult. However, staying positive and finding ways to move past bad circumstances is a gratifying way to simplify your life.
2. Spend Less Time Scrolling
WE KNOW, this is hard to do. However, as cliche, as it sounds, spending less time on your phone is very necessary if you want to live a more simple (calm) life. Studies have shown that spending too much time on your phone is terrible for your focus and mental health. On average, we are spending five hours a day on our mobile devices. That’s more than a full day a week. You don’t want to look back in ten years regretting that you spent too much time scrolling.
3. Organize & Declutter
Being unorganized is another colossal waste of your time and can lead to stress, lost items, and a whole bunch of other things that can wreak havoc on your quality of life. According to Simply Orderly, the average person spends 12 days per year looking for things they can’t find, and 55% of people said they would be able to save anywhere from 16 to 60 minutes a day if they were more organized.
Tip: The best way to organize your stuff is to get rid of the shit you don’t need.
4. Be Alone
For the majority of us, solitude can be uncomfortable. When we are alone with our thoughts, we can hear our inner anxieties and stress more clearly. However, rather than ignoring these inner feelings/thoughts, why not sit quietly and actually listen to what they have to say.
5. Eat Slow-w–w-ly
Most of us in North America eat fast. Like really fast. We hardly take the time to savour our food or even just chew properly. Eating slowly improves digestion and gives us greater satisfaction from our meals. So when it comes to eating, why not just take it slow and enjoy every bite?
6. Clear Your Work Desk
Our physical space is indicative of our mental space. I mean, do you realllly need the ten pens, five highlighters, and two staplers? Think about what you actually use, and get rid of the rest.
7. Live Frugally
Take the time to consider your purchases. Once you start thinking more carefully about your spending habits, you realize that you don’t need as much as you think. The truth is, frugality doesn’t just benefit us. It can help the planet we live on too. By making fewer purchases and consuming less, we can positively impact the environment in many ways.
8. Downsize Your Living
When we are careful with the things we bring into our home, we naturally find that we have so much more room. When you own less, you won’t need as much space. Downsizing won’t only improve your financial health. It can seriously boost your physical and mental health too – it lessens worry, It reduces stress, and it will make you feel a little more lighter.
9. SLOW DOWN
Slowing ourselves down is a conscious choice and not an easy one. However, when we slow down, we’re more able to hear and act on our intuition, make fewer mistakes and make better decisions. When we are rushing everything we do, we run the risk of becoming physically and emotionally exhausted. By slowing yourself down, you will help keep your mind, body, and soul calm and free of from all the pressures of society.