A full time job, household chores, family, friends, unexpected events…are you feeling the pressure? Twenty four hours are not enough sometimes. By the end of the day we feel so drained that just the thought of having to start all over again the next day feels like a threat. Years ago I was riding the same train and dragging the people around me on the way. No wonder why stress has been categorized as the main cause of illnesses. Why do we try to do so much? Why do we worry excessively? It’s not like we won’t have another chance. Simplifying to amplify; that’s been my newly discovered trend and I have to say that it works perfectly for me and my goals at the moment and I am determined to keep it that way. So how am I making it simpler? How could you?
1. Get rid of all the extras, all those things not needed any more. When the market went into a crisis, I decided to get rid of the so called “American dream”. I got rid of a too big for me house that was squeezing my pocket and my sanity. As a result, I am now living in a comfortable townhouse with a view to remember; nice mountains and a soothing lake that brings me peace every morning. All the bills, house chores, maintenance fees, and headaches were cut in half along to the huge, useless collection of objects I had stored for years.
2. Go local and make some changes in your eating habits. Eating has been one of my most expensive habits. I don’t eat a lot but I do like to eat good which meant a high grocery bill until I discovered community agricultural associations where I could find healthy home grown crops for less. Now, I order my fruits, vegetables, and herbs during the week and pick them up on Saturdays. I buy in bulk for the rest of the stuff and I am saving a big chunk every month. http://www.eatwellguide.org/i.php?pd=Home
3. Go outdoors and enjoy what nature has to offer. A good morning walk could turn any day into a great day. You gain a different perspective of life by being connected to the wisdom of nature and its cycle and, best of all, it is free entertainment. http://eocinstitute.org/meditation/meditation-and-walking-benefits-of-mindful-walking/
4. Check yourself. Listen to your body and keep track of its messages. Whenever it prompts you to take a break, do it. Sit in silence, make time to practice some activity you love, go for a ride without any set destination, observe people and connect with them, take the train or get a plane ticket to that spot you have always wanted to visit, learn something new that inspires only you.
5. Stop worrying, worrying will not change the circumstances but it can definitely take a tow on you.
In the end, make sure whatever you are doing right now is what you love, what makes you wake up every morning with a smile in your face, what makes you feel you are making a difference in the world. Your gifts are your blessings and they expand when shared. Living a simple life amplifies the quality of each moment lived, your vision, and the way you nurture your relationship with others.
As Robert Brault would say; “Everything we possess that is not necessary for life and happiness becomes a burden, and scarcely a day passes that we do not add to it.” Get rid of the extra load and take a break.