Everyone wants their lives to be simpler – for their schedules to be straightened out and their days to go smoothly. Yet we are all constantly stressed out and don’t know why. Here are seven easy ways to simplify your life and breathe.
1. Choose What Matters
It’s amazing what you have time for when you decide you actually want to do it and to notice where you are spending your time instead. Start simplifying your life by tracking what you spend time on for a day or two. Where do you put your energy? Did you spend an hour lying in front of the TV before you had to rush to get dinner ready? Knowing where you spend your time now will make it much easier to simplify your life.
In fact, just keep track of what you spend your time on can help you get rid of bad habits. Would you still waste an hour browsing Facebook if you’ve committed to tracking your time on a daily basis?
Of course, no list on reducing stress would be complete without mentioning exercise. It’s one of the most important things you can do to relax, even though it seems like it will just take up more time. So start slow and work your way up to longer periods.
Find an activity that works for you, in whatever time you know you can set aside. The benefits of squats in the morning right when you wake up or doing push-ups while you wait for your coffee to brew really can’t be overstated. You’ll feel like you’ve already accomplished something for the day, it’ll help get your blood flowing, and you’ll be on you way to better shape. The more you do it, the better you’ll feel, and the easier it will be to expand that routine into something more in-depth.
Many times, we get so busy that we don’t have time to clean. We assume we’ll get to it later… but later never comes. The mess simply adds to the stress, making it even harder to find time to clean.
Break the cycle. Start with the place you spend the most time. Maybe this means you start by de-cluttering your car or clearing off your desk. Five minutes of cleaning will make a huge difference in the amount of stress you experience and give you room to breathe.
4. Plan for Tasks
At this point, you may be getting confused. After all, I’m talking about simplifying your life, but I’ve already suggested adding two new activities. That seems like it would complicate things more!
What you have to do is plan when you will do the things that matter. If you follow my advice and start tracking where you spend your time, you’ll notice that you spend a lot of time on things that really aren’t significant. But if you don’t plan when you will do important things, you can’t break that cycle. So start planning when you will exercise or what time of day you will clean. Put a reminder on your phone. When the alarm goes off, move on to your next task.
Once you have a schedule, it is significantly easier to simplify your life.
5. Plan Meals
Trying to decide what to eat can be stressful, especially if you don’t know what ingredients you have. So, just like you should plan other activities, plan out what you will do for meals. This may mean that you know you’re heating up last night’s chicken, but if you know in advance what you will eat, you’ll eat better, cheaper, and with far less stress.
6. Social Media
When you track how you spend your time, you’ll probably notice a lot of things that you didn’t know you were spending so much time on. The most common one is social media, so it’s worth talking about specifically. It’s easy to spend hours just scrolling through your feeds and checking to see what people are doing. In fact, it’s often hard to even keep track, since, at this point, most of us do it automatically.
But there are few things that can distract us and clutter our lives as much as spending time on social media. Having set times that you check Facebook or Twitter can do wonders for your productivity and make your life much simpler.
Last but not least, breathe. It’s easy to get drawn back into the same issues you have now. Everyone does it. But it’s important to take the time to rest and relax. Getting up early enough to eat breakfast quietly or just enjoy your coffee. Sit down in the evening with a book. Do something regularly, even if you have to plan it, that you find relaxing. That way, your life will stay simple and you can breathe.
Evelyn helps people to live a happy and healthier life. She is an established Health and Fitness author (over 12 years of experience) and editor of garagegymplanner.com. She also loves writing about people and inspirational stories.
*Disclaimer: The ideas and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect the view of Zensorium.
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