Life can often make us feel overwhelmed and like we are spinning out of control. You might think that that is normal, and everyone faces this overwhelmed feeling. And yes, you would be right. Any regular aspect of our modern life includes anxiety and super busy lives.
However, it doesn’t have to be like that. You can make just a few lifestyle changes and bring back sanity to a manageable point. So, how do you do this? Let me share the five lifestyle changes I made that had a significant impact on my everyday living.
- Letting Go of All Clutter
- Getting A LifePlanner
- A load of Laundry a Day
- Cutting Back on Commitments
- Using Your Pretty China
The 5 Critical Life Changes
Letting Go of All Clutter
When I say, declutter your life, I am talking about your entire life. For the example; things, extra blankets, and clothing that no longer gets worn; that pile of the stuff above your closet that you have no idea what’s in it, Get Rid of it!
You must let go of anything that adds stress. Anything you are currently not using and have to re-organize over and over is causing you extra stress. Let’s get rid of that; let go of stress.
Getting a Life Planner
Again with the stress. Writing a to-do list is fine, but if you find yourself feeling like you are spinning and not going anywhere? Then it’s time for a planner.
A great planner will have separate folders for every area of your life. The way you find what those areas are is by doing a life audit. A life audit will give you an idea of the categories that should go into the planner.
You get those categories by turning your categories from the audit into a goals list. Then when you plan your day. You fill it with those things that are important from your goals list.
A load of Laundry a Day
I stopped dreading laundry day when I began to do a load of laundry a day (there are five people in my family; you might only need to do a load every third day).
It might not seem like much, but it made such a difference on my overwhelmed feeling that I had to add it to my “5” list.
Clothing tends to pile up quickly and cause an avoidance trap. The more you avoid it, the more it stresses you out.
Cutting Back on Commitments
People-pleasing takes a lot of your time. Stop raising your hand for everything. Don’t say you’ll pick up or do something unless the other person needs your kindness.
There is a difference between a good deed and a sucker. Don’t be foolish with your time. Use it and give it wisely.
It’s self-love to be able to meet your needs first and only give when you should. True charity starts at home, with you and your time.
Using Your Pretty China
Stop waiting for the right time to use a nice dish or dress. That candle you keep sniffing but never using, use it.
A good life is defined by how much joy you put into the current moment. Waiting for tomorrow for that happiness to arrive is the most useless use of life anyone can do.
So wear those shoes, and take out your pretty china (does anyone even have china sets anymore?)
You might find decluttering your house the biggest challenge of my five lifestyle changes. But no worries, I wrote a post HERE on how to tackle that arduous task.
Note: If you find yourself making excuses, it might mean you are in fight or flight mode (caused by stress). To counter that, pick a smaller change and begin there. A snail’s pace is still a pace.
I believe that by implementing these five lifestyle changes, you can let go of stress, turn your life around, and begin living your best life yet!
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