Simplifying can really go a long way in improving your overall quality of life. Read these easy steps to a simple life and better head space.
Wow. Can I just say that I was and still am overwhelmed by the immense popularity of my last post on this topic?
It sure spoke volumes to me. It made me realise that, like me, you are looking for a way out of a complicated life. It showed me that you also feel overwhelmed like I do and you want to make big changes.
Thanks to you, it inspired a whole FREE online course that I created! Interested? Go here to read more/sign up.
This got me thinking. Why don’t I give you some more ways to simplify your life? I know we could all use I little inspiration every now and then. I couldn’t think of any better way of doing it.
Here it is then. 20, yes 20, more ways to simplify your life. Oh, and by the way, this is for anxiety and non-anxiety sufferers alike. We could all do with a break from life now and then! What better way to do this than by simplifying.
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Here we go:
Unplug for a while
How often do you find yourself connected to your phone? What about the TV? How about your laptop? I bet you that every day you spend hours connected to a screen one way or another. I suppose it’s impossible really, though, isn’t it? They are always around us and quite often need them for work.
Turning your phone/laptop off can actually be quite a liberating experience. That’s what I’d like you to try. Set yourself a few hours, every night if possible, where you ignore all of your devices.
Spend the time elsewhere instead. Honestly, not only is this great for your brain, it’s great to take away distractions too.
Throw some more stuff away
I mentioned this in the first post but I bet you could do with throwing some more away. Isn’t it odd how much stuff we accumulate over the weeks/months/years? I know that I’ve got a few cupboards and drawers full of stuff that hasn’t been touched in over 6 months.
You know what that means? Throw it. If you haven’t used said item for more than 6 months, you’re probably not going to use it again.
Unless said items are, you know, mechanic kinda stuff that repairs things, throw it. Or even better – give it to a charity shop! Not only are you getting rid of your junk, but someone else is going to make use of it.
Organise your paperwork
The paperwork also has a habit of piling up. I have a whole footstool (the ones that open up ottoman-style) jam-packed full of letters. Letters I’ve opened and not bothered to do anything with. It definitely mounts up!
So I wouldn’t recommend throwing all of this paperwork in the bin (as you might need it someday) but organising will make your head space feel better.
I can’t even recommend a good system for you as this happens very rarely in our house! But I do like to organise paperwork by sender which might help. If you can find a folder that you don’t use, try and get it in there.
Once finished you’ll be one step ahead of most people! Plus, hopefully, less stressed!
Learn to be more reflective
Learning how to be reflective is a great skill once mastered. If you aren’t sure what it means, read this post all about it! I find it particularly useful when trying to deal with a number of things at once.
It’ll help you process your thoughts, see more positives and relieve a bit of stress. What better way to simplify, huh?
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Get a gratitude journal started
If you don’t have one of these already, I would highly recommend it! The idea behind a gratitude journal is that you record all of the things you are grateful for. You could also include people/objects/situations that make you happy/thoughtful/purposeful/etc.
It’s all about recognising the good in your life rather than the bad. As you know it’s very easy to focus on the negative. A gratitude journal/diary brings you back to the here and now, and on the positive.
Say ‘no’ more
This is something that I really do struggle with, although I am getting better! I HATE saying no to people. I feel like I’m letting them down, as well as feeling like I’ll miss out on something. I enjoy being around my friends/family but sometimes I like my own space.
Saying no has really helped me get my life in organised. My issue was I felt really rude turning people down too!
I’ve learned to rein that back a bit and now feel much more comfortable in doing the deed. What does this mean for you? Less stress over stuff you didn’t really want to do anyway! Haha.
Spend more time outside
What better way to keep stress at a minimum and simplifying your life than spending time outdoors? We spend so much time inside on our devices chatting away that we forget what is actually in our back garden.
I love the outdoors. If you are every feeling overwhelmed, do try and get outside. You’ll feel much better for it! Oh, and while you’re at it, why not go for a walk too? the exercise will do you good!
Ask for help
This is another trait of mine which I find hard to shake. I HATE asking for help on anything. I enjoy a challenge and resolving problems myself, but sometimes this just isn’t possible. Sometimes we all need a bit of help.
If you are struggling on your own with too much to do, whether that’s at work or at home, ask for help. Take the plunge and do it without spending too much time thinking about it. The longer you wait, the less likely you’ll do it!
You aren’t going to be a failure if you do this, you know. I know it can be torture but sometimes it just has to be done.
Create a filing system for something (anything!)
Although I’ve mentioned sorting out your paperwork above, a filing system can be used for anything and everything. There’s no better feeling than knowing that everything is organised and easy to find.
Here are a few ideas to get started:
- You photos on your computer/anything else that could do with tidying up
- Your sock/pant drawer (haha!)
- Your books (if that floats our boat)
- Cupboard/fridge/freezer stuff
- Those are just a few ideas to get you going!
Mindfulness has a wonderful way of bringing calm into your life. When there’s too much going on, this could really help you out. I especially find it useful when a panic attack feels like it’s about to kick in.
If you don’t know what mindfulness is, check out this now to read more about it.
Have some CBT
Since having some CBT sessions a few weeks ago, I’ve found it absolutely amazing in bringing peace and quiet in my head. I get very overwhelmed by my thoughts so CBT has really helped that.
The idea is that it helps you get rid of the unhelpful thoughts and replace them with helpful ones. Perfect for those with anxiety/depression/low self-esteem (of which I have suffered from all at some point!). Have a read now if this sounds like something that will benefit from!
Find some natural remedies for your illnesses
Are you keen on lowering the amount of medication you take? I know I am. So why not do a bit of research on the subject and see if you can substitute anything? Please be aware I’m not a doctor and I definitely can’t give you advice on this, but doing a little research may help.
If you find some ideas, you should go to your doctor and see what they say.
Personally, I love the idea of drinking tea and introducing new food groups into my diet (as recommended by my doctor). It decreases my constant anxiety over the side-effects they can cause and not wanting to be on them all of my life!
Do some volunteering
This is another one I bring up often! Volunteering is a fantastic way to give back to your community and turn your focus onto helping others. For those who spend a lot of time worrying about their finances/situation/generally/etc. This could really help you.
I find that turning my focus onto something else, especially if it means helping someone, it really helps bring down the anxiety levels. Although it doesn’t solve your problems, it can get you much needed relief from them temporarily.
Plus, the people on the receiving end will be ever so thankful to you!
Get a cleaning schedule started
Cleaning is one of those things where you either hate it or tolerate it. I don’t know anyone who loves cleaning. So, to make your life easier and simpler, why not create a schedule to keep to? It sounds a bit boring but having a focus each day on one task will get it done in no time.
Plus, it means you don’t have to worry about it again (for example when you get home from work). Oh and don’t forget to rope in your friends/family/children to help too. It’s only fair that the chores be shared!
Get your to-do list sorted the night before
I’ve had quite a few people tell me that they feel overwhelmed but don’t have a to-do list. Or they have a to-do list, but it’s too long/looks overwhelming. So, why not try planning your list the night before?
You don’t have to sit down and write it all out if you don’t want to, but you could spend a bit of time thinking about it so you’re ready for the morning. This is something I do which really helps my brain out. It means less stress and less worrying. Perfect for those looking to keep things simple!
Cut out the junk food
Now I know some of you might find this hard work. I know how easy it is to get into a habit of having chips or something thrown in the oven, especially when we live busy/hectic lifestyles that never seem to slow down.
But making a conscious effort to eat better will improve your body and mood greatly.
Why not introduce one night per week where you cook a lovely homemade meal? If you have weekends off work, a Friday would be perfect for this. The more you do it, the easier it will become. Oh and don’t forget the amount of money you’ll save by doing this!
If you decide to do this, do feel free to let me know how it goes!
Spend some quality time with your family
Life flies by so so quickly. Before you know it the year goes by and you feel like you’ve missed out. If you’re struggling with having too much on, why not make a conscious effort to have a night off and spend time with your family?
Turn whatever is on, e.g. phones/laptops/TVs and play some board games. Or even just have a chat over dinner as a family.
It’s great for busting that stress and really having some quality time together.
Be more conscious of your breathing
You know if you’d of told me that I would need to do such a thing 2 years ago, I would have laughed. Why in the world would I need to focus on my breathing?
Well, it’s great for taking some time out. It’s great for those on the verge of a panic attack. It’s great for being more mindful of your body and whether you’re feeling stressed.
Most of the time we don’t pay any attention to our breathing, why would we? It happens automatically.
But taking a few moments to concentrate on your breathing might actually make you realise how tense you are. If you’re feeling stressed, it affects how you breathe. It’ll help you bring calmness back into you when you may need it most.
Throw away some old makeup
Oh. My. God.
The amount of makeup I have floating around the house never ceases to amaze me. Most of the stuff lying around my house is at least 2-3 years old. It could really do with being thrown away. Get rid of it. You know you’re meant to!
Phew! We’ve covered a lot! Well done for making it to the bottom haha.
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