Step One: Learn to Relax
Life goes so quickly and we get so involved in our day-to-day tasks that we often forget to relax. Our bodies, minds, and souls need time to relax and recharge. Take time each and every day to find some quiet time to unwind and relax. Listen to music, read a book, watch TV, work out, go for a walk, spend time with family and friends, do yoga, meditate, whatever works for you. But it is imperative that you set aside some time each and every day to relax and decompress from the day.
Step Two: Learn to Say “NO!”
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Part of having a simpler life is to set boundaries. It may be hard for you to say no at first, and some people may not respect your boundaries right away, but you need to be firm. If you are constantly over-extending yourself, you will never be able to simplify your life. If something is outside of your comfort level and will cause you stress, take a stand and politely say no. Learning to set boundaries (and sticking to those boundaries) will greatly reduce anxiety in your day-to-day life.
Step Three: Declutter Your Life
We tend to let “things” take over our lives. We become consumed by owning more and wanting more. But in reality, possessions cannot make you happy. They will not grieve at you when you’re gone. People and memories are what matters. Making a difference in the world is the mark you will leave behind, not how many CDs you owned or how many pairs of designer jeans.
Declutter your life. Get rid of all of that stuff that is just staying in a pile collecting dust. Keep only what you need and give the rest to charity. Pay it forward. You will feel so much happier once you declutter your life.