Work is crazy, the kids are fighting, the bills keep coming, your toaster just blew up and some idiot almost ran you off the road on your way home from the shops, because you were doing the speed limit.
You come home and the house is a mess, you can’t find the bill that you were sure was due yesterday and you’ve committed yourself to too many events this coming weekend so there isn’t even a chance for a rest.
Yeah, it’s a bit much. You’re feeling run down and you know your well-being is suffering because life is simply too hectic.
There are moments in life when it feels like you are being hit with one hurdle after another. Sometimes you feel like you are at your breaking point because you can’t seem to get a break. You know something has got to give… but where to start?
6 WAYS TO SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE AND IMPROVE YOUR WELLBEING
1. Get Organised
Think back to a time when you misplaced something at home. You spent far too long trying to find it, which was not only a major time waster, but also very stressful and frustrating. Not a great way to end an already busy, long day.
Simplify your life by getting organised at home and work, by creating functional systems or ensuring you put things where they belong. This will save you stress later on.
2. Reduce Clutter
Too much stuff looks messy but it can also make you feel icky. On the flipside, a clear space can help create a clear mind by eliminating unnecessary clutter from your home. It can also be very cleansing to declutter your life.
3. Don’t Overcommit
It’s fine to say no sometimes. Don’t feel like you need to do everything that everyone asks of you. We are only capable of so much, and they will understand when sometimes you have to say no. Consider your current commitments before saying yes to things so you know you are really up for it.
4. Give Yourself Down Time
We can’t be on the go non stop. A break is necessary in order to function at our full capacity. Schedule in some down time as part of your everyday routine. Take some time to chill out in front of the TV, read a book or just do absolutely nothing. Whatever makes you feel relaxed and calm.
Being so connected to so many other people 24 hours a day can be great, but it can also be detrimental to your well-being if you aren’t taking some time away from your technology. Set some times each day when you are not checking phones or computers and other tech devices. Mealtimes are a great time to disconnect, and also setting a certain time each night when put your devices aside until morning – especially if it is work related. Work should never be an all night thing, even if you work at home.
6. Accept Help
When things become overwhelming, it is okay to ask for help and to accept it. Help can come in many forms, whether it be getting some support on a work project, or having someone look after your kids for an hour. Or it can come from within your home, with your partner putting the kids to bed some nights, or the kids tidying their own mess for a change. Anything that eases your load is a step to simplify your life.
Today is R U OK Day here in Australia.
This initiative is one I am passionate about, because too often that one simple question can make a huge difference to someone’s life. To your life, to your neighbours, to that person who serves you at the post office. It could mean the difference between life and death.
One simple question so powerful and yet not asked nearly enough. But don’t just ask it today. Ask it often, even when things seem okay. Not everything is always as it seems and it never hurts to check in with those people in our lives.
Suicide, stress, anxiety and depression are common in our society. While we become more productive and capable individuals, we are also burning ourselves out at a faster pace.
And along with greater connectivity can sometimes come more isolation, when connecting online forfeits real human interaction.
By taking steps to simplify your life, you are improving your well-being in many small ways, which is a huge focus of this blog and my passion not only to simplify but also what lead me to a career in psychology before this point.
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