Realising what truly matters in the present moment and appreciating things for what they really are is a fundamental step towards greater simplicity and contentment in life.
Freeing yourself from pressures to live a certain way and shaking off all the negativity surrounding you is also important.
Below we explore five easy ways to achieve simplicity and feel more content:
Evaluate your relationships
Do you have people in your life that are draining and make you feel bad about yourself? In the transition to a simpler life, it is important to recognise who your friends are and make more space for them over those who cause further stress. Relationships should be uplifting and make you feel happy. It’s simple really.
Disconnect fully every day
Putting some time aside every day to take a break from the stresses of life is a great way to reconnect with your inner self and relax. This means disconnecting completely from all distractions – including technology, which can have negative effects on the mind and body.
Declutter your personal space
For instant simplicity, clear away all clutter from your home or personal space and get rid of anything that isn’t making you feel comfortable, happy, inspired or clean. If you have things in your home that make you feel sad, they are not worth keeping. Your home should be your sanctuary.
Being at one with your breathing and connecting with your mind and body through meditation is guaranteed to remove a huge chunk of anxiety from your life. Spending at least five minutes every day in silence, alone with your thoughts can help you to feel at peace and let go of any frustrations that may be weighing you down or affecting your health.
Make an ‘I want’ list
Forget about writing a to-do list – focus on an ‘I want’ list, where you can make note of all the things (big and small) that make you smile. This may be a regular catch up with friends or a day trip to the beach. By focusing on your desires you are removing the pressures of what you are ‘supposed to do’ and replacing them with things that are good for you will help to make your life much simpler.