As we enter a new year, there is no better time than now to start thinking about how to simplify your life more.
The subtle beauties of life are often hidden beneath the chaos of the busy day-to-day living. Actively seeking more simplicity in life will create space for the things you value to become even more significant.
A life of meaning is found by giving yourself to the things that you value the most and allowing the rest to fall away.
When you are choosing new habits that you would like to implement into your life in this new year, allow yourself to think of what is most important to you and what little changes you can make today to make room for more of those things you value.
Choose a few things at a time to work into your way of being and give yourself time to settle them into your routine.
Keeping it manageable will prevent the overwhelm that can come when huge goals are made without realistic steps of action for reaching those goals.
We know that you, just like us, are always looking for new ways to find time to care for yourself, do more of what you love, and spend more time with your loved ones.
Below is a list of a few of our favorite ways to do just that.
Often the little changes that can make the biggest impact are hidden right beneath your nose.
Don’t underestimate the power of a small change. One small step leads to another, and another, until one day you look back and realize you have come such a long way!
How you start your day can often dictate how the rest of your day will go.
Beginning productive will help you to feel like you are ready to tackle whatever tasks are ahead of you.
The added bonus is that you will be so glad you took that extra minute to pick up your bedroom space when you walk back into a neat bedroom that evening.
Mealtime can be a sacred time spent relaxing on your own or enjoying the company of others.
Putting away the screens will allow you to notice the food you are eating and what/who is around you.
Eating without screens is a mindfulness practice that can lower your stress level, strengthen your relationships, and even aid in healthy digestion.
Write down as much as you can so that your mind can take a break. Stop expecting yourself to remember everything.
Make a list of anything that clutters your mind and keeps you distracted from the present moment.
A few of our favorite list ideas: things that are worrying you, what you need to get done today, questions you need to ask someone, what is on your mind before you fall asleep, and anything else that will clear your mindspace so you can enjoy where you are right now.
You may be amazed how much simply writing things down releases stress from your life!
Set a timer for 10-30 minutes and focus on nothing but this task.
Get rid of anything you no longer need. Look for items you can recycle or donate. Organize the items you do need by giving them all a home.
Once you have decluttered your desk, consider moving on to another small area in your office or home.
Having things in their place and eliminating unnecessary clutter will help you find peace of mind.
I am sure you have been here: You get home from work, sit down to scroll for “just a minute,” and before you know it, an hour has passed and you have forgotten the things you needed/wanted to do.
Scrolling through social media can be a large thief of your time.
Decide how much time you would like to allot to social media a day. Set aside certain time periods, and even consider setting a timer.
If you need accountability, there are many apps that will help monitor your social media habits and phone usage. We really like the Moment app where you can learn how much time you spend on your phone daily, what apps you are using most, and even set goals like “putting away your phone for 30 minutes” and “stop sleeping with your phone.”
Think of all the things you could be doing with the time you spend mindlessly scrolling.
Spend a few minutes writing down some things that you are grateful for in this moment.
Studies show that those who practice gratitude are less likely to get caught up in anxiety and stress, and more likely to appreciate the small things in life.
If you are interested in learning more about how to start a gratitude journal practice, check out our recent blog: Creating A Gratitude Journal: Journaling Your Way to More Happiness
Taking your shoes off and letting your feet touch the earth can be a therapeutic experience.
It reconnects you with nature, helps you receive energy from the earth, balances the free radicals you absorb by regularly coming in contact with pollutants, and even stretches your your feet and toes!
Next time you are out walking, gardening, or playing with the kids, take off your shoes and feel the grass beneath your feet.