Wednesday, June 30, 2010

6 Ways To Help Simplify Your Life

I like to pass on good tips and these six ways to simplify your life make a lot of sense.  The constant stress we feel because life is so complicated is not good for our health.  Here are six ways you can have a simpler lifestyle:

1. De-Clutter Your Home

Look around.  If you have piles of paper, too many "things" and nic-nacs laying around it is hard to think clearly and function. An open, clear space allows our minds to feel open and more peaceful.  Tackle one room at a time. Be ruthless and donate or toss everything that isn't useful, beautiful or has special memories.


2. Limit Family Activities


Try to force family members to choose only those activities that are most important.  Many of us are over-scheduled and have no time to just see "where the day will take us".   30 years ago no stores were open on Sunday and there wasn't much to do except go on picnics or just hang out with friends and family.  It is OK to "vege" and may even be good for your family's health.

3. Stop Buying Things

Although the discount stores (Target, Cosco, Marshalls etc)  bring us convenience and value, they also create consumers who just can't resist the bargains they see.  I know so many people with stuff they do not need.  Along with de-cluttering the home, you have to stop buying things in order to create a clean environment.  This may take discipline for many people but if you just stop going to stores it helps.  Resist impulse buys and only purchase what is truly needed.

4. Avoid Negative People

It is truly OK to distance yourself from people who bring you down.  Studies have shown that the attitudes of people around you, affect your attitude.  Choose positive and supportive people to hang with and avoid those toxic relationships.

5. Plan Your Meals

Take the time to make a shopping list and plan some meals ahead.  Eating fresh food rather than packaged food is so beneficial to your health and the mindfulness that comes with planning and cooking is a good thing.  Stroll through a farmers market or find a new simple recipe online and test it out.

6.  Throw away paper

If you are reading this, you have a computer.  Recycle magazines, phone books, catalogs, and extra paper that is laying around.  Put up a chalk board in the kitchen to write notes on and don't print anything from the computer unless you know you must have a hard copy.

You deserve a peaceful, stress free life.  Getting rid of clutter is one of the most important things you can do to create an environment that supports calmness.

From Miranda at Personal Dividends

17 comments:

Kellie said...

I love this post! These things are all things can be forgotten or over looked in the busyness of life and don't show up on a blood test, physical or other ways that effect our mental, psychological health, spirit, soul, and can create extra stress. Thank you very much for writing these excellent tips to kick off summer and the next 6 months of the second half of the year!

Arohan said...

Toni, I do not mind you using the article by Miranda from Personal Dividends as long as you post an attribution and visible link to that effect in the article so your readers know where to go and look for the original.

Toni Brayer, MD said...

Arohan: I thought the link that is in the article was good enough. I will be happy to add the original title.

The Suburban Psychotic said...

Good advice! Though most of it is common sense it helps to be reminded to stop and take stock of the things that are cluttering up our lives!

Arohan said...

Toni, Thanks! It is difficult to see the link for a visitor since the font color and style is same as other text. No worries now!

Autherine said...

Great post! Thanks for the reminders.

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