Work is crazy. Your kids are fighting. The bills keep coming. Your beloved toaster just blew up and some idiot almost ran you off the road on your way home from the shops. Arghhhhh! You come home and the house is a mess. You can’t find the bill that you’re sure is now overdue. And you’ve committed yourself to too many events this coming weekend. No chance for a rest then either!
It’s all getting a bit too much. You’re feeling run down and you know your wellbeing is suffering because life is far from simple right now.
There are moments in life when it feels like you are being hit with one hurdle after another. Sometimes you feel like you are at your breaking point because you can’t seem to get a break. You know something has got to give… but where to start?
It’s time to simplify your life so you can avoid the dreaded burnout. Here are some of my favourite ways on how to simplify your life and be happy in your day to day routines, and how I get back on track after a series of mishaps.
HOW TO SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE AND BE HAPPY
1. Get Organised
Think back to a time when you misplaced something at home. You spent far too long trying to find it, which was not only a major time-waster but also very stressful and frustrating. Not a great way to end an already busy, long day.
Simplify your life by getting organised at home and work, by creating functional systems and processes to streamline your time. Also, ensure you always put things where they belong and avoid creating clutter hot spots at home. This will save you stress later on.
Here are some of my best organisation tips to get you started:
- Life admin tasks to help you stay organised
- Getting started with using a planner
- Organised mum (or dad) tips
- How to simplify your before school routine
- How to reduce cleaning time at home
2. Reduce Clutter
Too much stuff looks messy but it can also make you feel icky. On the flip side, a clear space can help create a clear mind by eliminating unnecessary clutter from your home. It can also be very cleansing to simplify your home.
Having less means you need less time to keep your home organised. Plus you are less likely to feel a huge sense of stress and overwhelm every time you need to clean up. You can start small since our goal is to reduce your stress right now! Try these ideas for things you can declutter quickly in your home, straight away.
If you want to go all-in, the Kon Mari Japanese method of how to simplify your life and home is a powerful one, keeping only the things that spark joy in our lives. And we could all do with more joy in life! Grab the book:
3. Don’t Overcommit
It’s fine to say no sometimes. Don’t feel like you need to do everything that everyone asks of you. We are only capable of so much, and they will understand when sometimes you have to say no. Consider your current commitments before saying yes to things so you know you are really up for it.
This is where having a planner is a really useful way to manage your time. Your time is precious so use it wisely.
4. Give Yourself Down Time
We can’t be on the go non-stop. A break is necessary in order to function at our full capacity. Schedule in downtime as part of your everyday routine. Take some time to chill out in front of the TV, read a book or just do absolutely nothing. Whatever makes you feel relaxed and calm.
This is also where having relaxing hobbies can be really great for your wellbeing too. Note that I said relaxing! I’m not talking competitive sport unless that does help you relax. Things like art and craft, jogging or listening to audiobooks are great ways to give yourself ‘me time’ while still enjoying things you love.
Being so connected to so many other people 24 hours a day can be great, but it can also be detrimental to your well-being if you aren’t taking some time away from your technology.
Set some time each day when you are not checking phones or computers and other tech devices. Mealtimes are a great time to disconnect, and also set a certain time each night when putting your devices aside until morning – especially if it is work-related. Work should never be an all-night thing, even if you work at home.
I will admit this is one of my biggest personal challenges and to help keep myself on track, I have set up a downtime period in my iPhone to remind me. If your phone does not have this ability, set a nightly reminder instead.
6. Ask For Help
When things become overwhelming, it is okay to ask for help. Help can come in many forms, whether it be getting support on a work project, or having someone look after your kids for 2 hours. Or it can come from within your home, with your partner putting the kids to bed some nights, or the kids tidying their own mess for a change. Anything that eases your load is a step to simplify your life.
If it is in your budget, you can also consider paid help with jobs around the home to free up more time.
Some examples of paid help you can arrange at home are:
- Hiring a cleaner to come once a week
- Having someone mow your lawns
- Using a washing and ironing service
- Hiring someone to assist with simple admin tasks if you work from home (a teenager looking for extra pocket money maybe)
When You Are Still Struggling To Feel Happy
If you have implemented many of these tips for simplifying your life, and you find yourself still struggling from day to day, it may be time to seek help beyond your personal network. Stress, anxiety and depression are common experiences that should not be ignored.
As our lifestyle becomes busier and our ability to fit more into each day seems to grow each year, we are also burning ourselves out at a much faster pace than ever before. Along with greater connectivity, we sometimes feel more isolated, since connecting online forfeits real human interaction. These things all play a role in our ability to be happy.
By taking steps to simplify your life, you are improving your wellbeing in many small ways, which is a huge goal of this website and my passion not only to simplify my life, but also what lead me to a career in psychology previously.
If you feel that you would benefit from more support, your local doctor is a great starting point, or visit one of these fantastic online resources:
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