The new year is here. You are thinking hard about your new year’s resolutions. Maybe you want to lose weight and live healthier. Make more time to spend with family. Perhaps you want to get organized at home. You are tired of the feeling of overwhelm and you want it to stop. I know exactly how you feel. I feel the same way too. Let me help you start to simplify your life.
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Now, you may be thinking that just 4 tips won’t help you simplify your life as much as you would like. These tips are just a starting point. Rome wasn’t built in a day my friend and neither is a life without overwhelm.
Think about it. You didn’t gain those extra 30 pounds over night. Those extra 30 pounds slowly added to the scale over the last 10 years or more. You didn’t accumulate all that stuff in your home over night either. It has been years of collecting, jumping on the latest decor trend, and the 40% off sales at Hobby Lobby. Society has put pressure on you to be all the things to all the people, your job responsibilities have increased over the years to the point where you take it home with you, and technology has made it way to easy to avoid true personal interaction.
Does any of this ring true for you? It did for me and it caused me to lose an entire year of my life. By the time I recognized what was happening and why, almost a whole year had gone by. I gave in to the overwhelm and simply shut down. I stopped caring, I was too tired to do anything, and I stopped participating in my own life.
I don’t want that for you. I want you to fight against it now and make the changes necessary to avoid shutting down the way I did.
5 Tips to Simplify Your Life
- Write it down. What is making you feel overwhelmed? Are those 30 extra pounds hurting your self esteem? Are they causing other health problems? Are you tired of rearranging all of your stuff to make your home feel like you want it to? Does it not suit your style? Is your schedule so packed full of commitments because you just can’t say no? Write it all down.
- Set realistic goals. Realistic goals are attainable and provide small wins that will motivate you to keep going. A diet and exercise program that has you changing everything about the way you live now isn’t going to provide you with small wins to keep you going. Clean out and organize one drawer in your kitchen at a time, don’t dump them all on the counter at once. Look at your calendar and say no to the next request for your time that will take you away from your family.
- Only do what you can do. Sounds silly right? But, you are only one person. You can’t be all the things to all the people and you will never please everyone. I give you permission to forgive yourself for those failed diets of years past. Today is a new day and decluttering starts one room at a time. Just because you told your best friend that you couldn’t help her paint her living room doesn’t mean she won’t still love you. Forgive yourself, today is a new day.
- Ask for help. Doing it all to the point of overwhelm is not a super power. It is self destructive and will set you on a path to burn out. Believe me, I know. Find an accountability partner for that new diet and exercise program. Someone that will cheer you on and slap that cookie out of your hand. Get your spouse to help you declutter, tag team that clutter and get rid of it forever. Set boundaries on your time. Stop filling your calendar so full that you don’t have time for yourself and your family. Delegate commitments to others when you can so that you can breathe and de-stress.
Simplifying your life isn’t easy, it takes commitment to let go of stuff that doesn’t serve a real purpose or make you happy. It takes guts to tell people no when they want to take your time away from you. It takes failure to find a diet and exercise program that will fit your lifestyle. DON’T. GIVE. UP.
I found a diet that works for me. I don’t consider it a diet, but a lifestyle change. I have had success and I will share it with you soon. I don’t count calories and I didn’t completely change out all of things in my pantry to make it work. It is simple and I can still enjoy things I like.
I haven’t had much of anything on my calendar for the past year and what has been on there has largely been ignored. So I am pretty much starting over in the time scheduling department. I suffered severe burn out in the last year and I feel like my personal relationships have suffered due to my inability to focus and participate in my life. The good news is that I reached out to my doctor after finally figuring out the cause and am on my way back to feeling like myself. Please do the same if you are suffering needlessly and have no idea what is wrong.
Lastly, I am embracing cozy minimalism (thank you so much Myquillyn Smith). I am not clearing out everything in our home and leaving us with only furniture to sit on and cold blank walls. On the contrary, I am creating a home filled with things we truly love and that serve a purpose. Things that help us function on a day to day basis and be comfortable in our home and that don’t require me to constantly clean and rearrange them to suit our lifestyle or the season.
Cheers to a wonderful, simpler new year.