Simplify Your Life in 6 Easy Steps
If you’re like most people, you’re probably familiar with the feeling of being overwhelmed. What causes us to feel overwhelmed? Usually it’s having too much to do and not enough time to do it! It’s time to start simplifying your life. We’re going to give you 6 easy steps to begin simplifying your life – leaving you feeling stress-free and in control of your life!
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- Envision. Step one to simplifying your life begins with envisioning what you want your life to look like. Sit down with just yourself, a pen, and some paper. Make a list of the things in your life that are most important to you. Why do you enjoy these particular things? Take some time to also write down some of the things you don’t enjoy or things that might be causing you stress. This brings us to step two…
- Elimination. Once you have your list of “must haves” in your life and have an idea of what you could do without, work towards completely eliminating some of the stressors and non-essentials. For example, if keeping your home in pristine condition is taking away from spending time with your friends, consider the following ways to simplify your life:
- Ask a family member for help – your spouse may not be aware of all you’re doing and would be willing to help share the load.
- Clean as you go. Try to stay organized and put things away after you use them so you don’t create more to pick up later on.
- Let it go. If having a clean house is not on your list of most important things in your life, don’t spend so much time on it. Instead of cleaning every day, spend a few hours one day a week to make sure things are clean.
- Plan. You can save time in the long run by taking a few minutes to plan ahead. Things like combining all your errands into one trip or planning a weekly menu in advance may not seem like they will add more valuable time to your life, but a few minutes here and there can really add up! The more planned you are, the less stressed you will be – a benefit for brain health!
- Clean. It’s time to purge your “stuff”. We all have closets and drawers filled with “stuff” – things we hardly ever use and never really think about. Donating or selling items you don’t need or use will cut back on the clutter in your life and help you live a simpler lifestyle. When you learn to live with less, you’ll have more room for what is important to you. You may have more time to spend on a brain healthy activity like traveling or gardening!
- Screen Time. Limit your screen time. This includes TV, computers, smartphones, and tablets. These are all great devices to keep in touch with friends and family, but limiting time spent interacting this way will help you get your life back. If you’re having a hard time limiting yourself, set a timer. Or set a few times each day where you will check your social media and respond to emails.
- ‘No’. Learn to say no. If you’re starting to feel overwhelmed, it is fine to say no to certain things so you can take the time to refocus on yourself. Try to find a balance between social time and alone time. Being alone can be peaceful and productive without being lonely, especially if you can train yourself to slow down in life and be present. Try to shift your thinking towards the quality of what you are doing rather than the quantity.
Once you’ve started the process of simplifying your life, you’ll want to keep going! There is a reason for the saying “Less is more” – with a simpler lifestyle you’ll be able to get more enjoyment out of the things that are truly important to you.