If you want to live a life that’s as healthy and happy as possible, simplicity is the way to go. When your life is simple, you have fewer worries; fewer stresses and strains, and more time to focus on taking good care of yourself.
Sound good? Here are a few things you can do to simplify your life for greater wellness right now:
Rethink your commitments
If you have a lot of commitments, from work to family to friends, it is worth taking a look at each and every one to see which are essential and/or beneficial to you and which are not. Consider giving up some of your commitments so that you have more time to do what you really want to do whether that means traveling more or studying to become a nurse practitioner. Life is too short to do things you don’t really want to, and sometimes you just have to say no.
Declutter your home
Just as you should pare down your commitments, if you want to achieve greater wellness, you should also think about paring down the things you own. Clutter creates mental unease; the more cluttered your home is, the more stressed you are likely to be. So, get your Marie Kondo on and get rid of anything that is not beautiful, useful, or essential to your life. You’ll feel so much freer when you do.
Focus on positive relationships
As humans, we all need interaction to feel good about ourselves and the world around us. People who are lonely are more likely to be depressed, anxious, and even to die young, so it is vital that you spend time with people. When it comes to simplifying your life for wellness, however, this may mean ditching some of the people you spend time with. Why? Because not all interactions are positive, and toxic people can bring you down rather than lift you up. Part ways with the people who leave you on a negative note and spend more time with those people who lift you up, and life will be simpler and more fulfilling as a result.
The internet is filled with wonderful inspiring things, but it is also filled with toxicity, negativity, and hate. Not only that, but it can cause you to feel bad about yourself, particularly if you are using social media to compare your life to others. So, unplug one day a week, get out into nature, and don’t even think about what’s going on on your phone. You’ll feel so much better for it that you might even start unplugging more often.
You might think that adding a requirement to meditate each day is just another thing to do, the opposite of simplifying your life, but you’re dead wrong. When you meditate, you bring space into your life. You lower your stress levels, boost your productivity, and get through the day without feeling totally destroyed by it. Meditation is life-enhancing and about as simple as it comes, so do try your own practice.
The simple life is the good life!