5 TIPS FOR LIVING A SIMPLER LIFE
We’re all too busy. Screens, traffic, work stress, family obligations, and packed schedules seem to take over, but don’t lead to a more meaningful life. Most of us dream about living a simpler existence, one where we get to focus on what really matters and enjoy precious moments.
The good news is, it’s not as hard as you think to live a simpler life. Sometimes it’s just a matter of having a small, manageable plan to get us there.
From big city to big nature…
While some of us dream of giving up our hectic lives to live a simple life, one couple actually did it. In one big move, they left New York City to live in a 340-square-foot cabin in the woods. From growing their own food to walking among the trees, the challenges they face make their “tiny life” worth it. They found that having the Guardline Outdoor Motion Sensor was necessary to avoid unannounced visitors and tracking the whereabouts of large animals on their rural property. Click to see their story, or watch their video here:
Here are a few tips to help you slow down, recharge, and find a way toward more meaning and less stress in your life.
1) Just say “no”
In an effort to make everyone happy, we can find ourselves saying “yes” to things we really don’t want to do. All of those head nods can lead to schedules packed with time committed to others with very little left to give ourselves. When someone asks you for your time, be honest about whether or not it’s something you truly want to engage in. If it’s not, just say “no.” Don’t worry about disappointing people. It’s more important to be true to yourself. And the more you do it, the easier it gets.
2) Create media-free space
We’re all glued to our phones and iPads, so this one can be tricky. But if you designate a certain time of day as “media-free” in your house and everyone sticks to it, you’ll feel more connected to family and feel less stress. Play card games, have kids help with dinner, engage in the conversations you wouldn’t otherwise be having if you were staring at a screen. And because it’s only a designated time (say 5:00 – 7:00), it’s easy to manage knowing you’ll get your phone back eventually.
3) Clear out the clutter
Physical clutter isn’t just a visual eyesore, it actually takes up space in your brain. Every pile of papers, stack of bills, and mound of dirty clothes create stress and rob you of energy. Spend an afternoon – or entire day for the serious packrat – taking everything off of desks, nightstands, dressers, and countertops. Then put things back only after you’ve considered if you really need them. If you don’t, say “good-bye” and either throw it away or donate it. You’ll be amazed by how good it feels to see a clutter-free home.
4) Don’t take on debt
The connection between debt and stress is huge. If you have credit card debt, get on a plan to pay it down and start paying cash for regular expenses. (Consider only using a credit card in an emergency.) Set up a budget so you’ll stick to a spending and saving plan and find an app that will help you track activity. Living a clean financial life will alleviate anxiety and help you focus on what really matters.
5) Remove unknowns from your life
One of the simplest ways to remove unknowns from your life is to install a Guardline outdoor motion sensor on your property. The stress of strangers knocking on your door or people trespassing on out-of-sight areas on your land can build up over time. You’ll always know when someone is approaching your home (like a delivery driver or kids getting off the school bus), and you’ll have comfort from knowing strangers can’t hang out unnoticed around your home. If you have questions about our products, contact our American-based customer service any time.
Until then, be safe.