Ways to Live Life Simpler
We live in a world that can be a complicated place and at times, quite overwhelming. National Simplicity Day (12th July) honours the life of Henry David Thoreau who was an advocate of living a simple life, and is designed to allow us to evaluate our lives, tune into what really matters and start implementing some small changes that can make a huge difference.
If you’re looking to take a step back from the things that complicate life this Sunday and live the day a little simpler, we’ve put together a couple of suggestions of how that can be done.
Step Away from Technology
Technology has become part of our everyday lives and it seems almost impossible to get through the day without scrolling through social media or watching the latest series on Netflix. For one day, why not challenge yourself to take a break from your laptop, mobile phone, TV and other devices? You’ll be surprised how refreshing it can feel to disconnect and spend some time on yourself, rather than wondering what everyone else is up to.
We’re not going to say it’s going to be easy – our Wi-Fi world is filled with devices constantly competing for our attention, but we bet you won’t have missed it when you plug in the following day.
Declutter Your Home
We appreciate that owning a home often comes with a never ending to do list and it’s common to constantly remind ourselves of the things we haven’t got round to doing yet. Why not instead create a ‘done list’ and write down all the things you’ve achieved so you can reward yourself at the end of the day? Keep it simple and focus on one thing at a time, rather than multitasking and trying to do it all at once – that way you can feel a sense of achievement early on.
You could use National Simplicity Day to have a good clear out and spend time working out which items are really important to you, and what’s just taking up space. As the saying goes, ‘a tidy home creates a tidy mind’, and it’s been proven that clutter has an impact our wellbeing and can often increase levels of stress and anxiety.
If you’re also looking to do an extra good deed, instead of throwing away your unwanted stuff, you could donate it, ensuring your things go to a new loving home rather than just ending up in landfill.
Manage Your Money
Your finances are believed to be the biggest complication in life. People often want to jump on the latest trend, biggest hype or have the newest design, but before grabbing your credit card, ask yourself: do you really need it? This thought process will not only make you appreciate and look after all the stuff you already have but will in turn save you a lot of money that can be spent elsewhere.
Believe in Yourself
There is often a misconception that we must be perfect and be on top of everything all the time. Being too hard on ourselves, overpromising or creating unachievable deadlines will only result in worry – and that’s the catalyst of a complicated life. We’re only human, and by accepting that you cannot do everything and that you’re not completely flawless will help you enjoy and embrace each day. If a plan doesn’t go right initially, make sure you have a plan B, C, D and E and understand that it doesn’t mean you will never get there, there’s just a slight obstacle that needs to be overcome.
Say no! It’s natural to try and cram lots into the time you have, whether its meeting people, taking on extra work or doing things and going places, but whilst saying yes may seem like one of the easiest things to put a smile on people’s faces, in reality it may be taking it away from yours. People will appreciate that you need to give yourself a little space and time to rejuvenate, and by perfecting the art of saying no, it will create a steadier and simpler life in the long run.
Focus on the present. Whilst we’re not saying don’t plan for the future, try not to spend a vast amount of energy and time trying to predict what will happen. Life is a journey and if we try and control too much of it, we forget to enjoy the moments that matter. It’s also vital to embrace change and not to hold on too tightly to the past – what you may have had 10 years ago may not be an option anymore, and you need to give yourself permission to let go and embrace the next opportunity that comes your way while enjoying the ride.
Relax and Let Go
With our lives constantly flicking between work, childcare, exercise and other commitments, there’s very little space for some time out. For one day, put life on pause, even if it’s just mentally, and focus on the importance of the simple things.
Taking some quiet time throughout the day can help to rediscover the simple yet extraordinary things we often overlook – the birds tweeting at dawn, the rustling of the trees in the wind or the soft blades of grass between our toes. Moments of simplicity enliven our senses and allows us to appreciate the world and everything in it.
Fresh air makes everyone instantly feel better. Spending some time outdoors, whether it’s a stroll in the park, by a lake or even up a mountain, allows us to step away from the endless distractions of everyday life. The great outdoors has an aura of peacefulness that instantly allows you to reconnect with yourself and it’s the perfect place to simply watch the world go by.
Allow yourself a little ‘me time’ – whether this is in the form of reading a book, doing a spot of yoga or meditation, or indulging in an extra-long shower - soak it all in! You could also explore your inner passions and find an activity that makes you happy such as getting creative with baking, painting or making music – whatever you enjoy doing, after dedicating some time to it, you’ll feel quite fulfilled!
We hope everyone enjoys having a steady and simply day this Sunday. Do let us know how you celebrate National Simplicity Day on social media and don’t forget to tag us in the post and use the hashtag #KeepmoatHomes.