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There’s no denying that we live in a fast-paced, whirlwind society. We want everything immediately; from food to friends to entertainment, we want the latest and the greatest, and we want it now. But rather than making us happier, all to often this lifestyle can make us feel like we’re running on a treadmill that is getting progressively faster. Just like the cladding fire disasters in the building industry, we take short-cuts, looking for a cheap alternative that creates the image we are wanting to present to the world and it could cost us big time. Life is rushing past us at such a fast rate that we barely remember each day, let alone take time to enjoy it! But it doesn’t have to be this way.
A growing number of people are now realising that in order to truly enjoy life, they need to slow down and get back to basics. This means eliminating all of the white noise from our lives and re-evaluating what is really important. By focusing on the things in life we truly value, we can get back to a simpler and happier life.
Look for ways to reduce stress
Life will always have its stressful moments, but are you inviting more stress into your life than is necessary? If you feel like you spend your days frantically rushing from one task to the next, then reassess your schedule. Do you have too much on your plate? Or do you just need to be more organised? Having a consistent schedule will help you achieve goals with minimal stress. Make sure you allow enough downtime in your day to relax and unwind.
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Spend time with your loved ones
Between work, school, daily errands and the myriad of other commitments we all have, it’s easy to end up spending little time with the people that we actually care about. It’s particularly difficult for super busy, working mums. Make a concerted effort to spend more time with your family and friends. Sit down to a meal together and take the time to talk about your day. Reconnect without the distraction of phones, tablets and TVs. If you find a relationship has become toxic, then don’t let it fester – either work to solve the problem or let that person go and move on.
Time is precious, so don’t waste it
A lot of us are people pleasers, taught from childhood to say “yes” to everything. No matter how busy our schedule, no matter how stressed out we may be, we find it hard to say “no” and feel pressured to do more. Don’t give in to that pressure. It’s great to help people when you can, but if we’re already feeling overreached then it is acceptable and healthy to kindly say “no”.
The weather. The price of groceries. The delayed public transport. Stop and think for a moment how many conversations you have each day that involve complaining about something. Rather than always focusing on the negative, try and look for the positives. Yes, it’s raining, but that’s great for the gardens. Groceries are getting more expensive, but that’s helping me be less wasteful. The bus was late, but that meant I got to spend an extra few minutes chatting at the bus stop. Positivity is contagious and helps us to spend less time worrying about things we can’t control or change.
Be content with less
Advertising has led us to believe that our lives are not complete if we don’t have the very latest and greatest of gadgets. But chasing after material possessions often just leads to debt, clutter and more stress. Instead, try reassessing what you currently own. Declutter your home, and that will help you to evaluate the possessions you already have. If an item isn’t a necessity, then ask yourself, do I really need this? Is it worth the cost?
Life doesn’t need to be so hectic. Embracing a “less is more” philosophy can lead to meaningful relationships, stronger teams, reduced stress, minimised debt and a happier and healthier outlook. With a few simple steps, we can all learn to enjoy life with less.
Do you have any tips for enjoying life with less? Share in the comments below.