Hey Mamas, ever wonder how to live a simple life and be happy in a noisy world? The reality is simple living is a goal that many of us have, but only some of us actually achieve.
Not because it’s unachievable, but because we struggle to determine what that means to us personally; especially us moms! This article will help you understand what is means to live simply, how to change your habits and be happy and healthy.
Remember to download my FREE Forget Me Nots below for a quick reference list on how to live a simple life and be happy!
What Does It Mean To Live Simply?
Living simply means being intentional with how you live and what you surround yourself with. This can mean different things to different people, but the general idea of living simply is focusing on what’s most important to you, rather than focusing on everything that isn’t important.
Living simply also means living with purpose. Sometimes we get so caught up in our daily routines that it becomes difficult for us to see where our lives are headed or where they should be going if we want them to have meaning. Living a simple life means taking time out of each day to reflect on who you are and how your life is going. So that when you look back at the end of your days, there won’t be any regrets or missed opportunities along the way.
The Benefits of Living Simply
You’ll have more time for the things that matter, like your friends and family.
You’ll have less stress.
You’ll have more time for self-care.
Your finances will be easier to manage.
Clutter will be reduced because you don’t need or want as much stuff, which means less cleaning and organizing!
Because you’re spending less time acquiring things that aren’t needed, you’ll have more time for exercise.
Creativity flourishes when there’s less clutter in our lives.
Why Being Happy Is Important
We all want to be happy. It’s a natural instinct we have as humans to seek out happiness and try to avoid pain and sadness. Happiness is important because it’s critical to being successful and productive.
When you’re happy, your performance is better, and you’ll feel more motivated. You’ll also have a greater sense of well-being. This makes it easier for others to work with you and helps them trust you more.
Also, when we’re happy, our focus is clearer, and we function better overall. We get things done without becoming exhausted by frustration or stress along the way!
Unfortunately, happiness is not an easy thing to achieve. It’s a journey that takes time and effort on both your part and everyone around you. Here are 6 ways to live a happy life. Find ways to work these 6 things into your everyday life.
1. Work to live, don’t live to work.
Work-life balance is a term used to describe the equilibrium between work and personal life. It’s critical that you maintain a healthy balance between these two areas of your life. Not doing so can lead to negative consequences. Make it a habit to take time off from work! Think of it as a mental health day or a self-care day!
2. Designate a space for mental de-cluttering.
Set aside a space where you can be alone and relax.
This is your designated thinking/meditation/quiet time zone, where you can go to collect your thoughts, clear your head and recharge.
It can be as simple or elaborate as you want it to be. It could be a room in your house that’s dedicated entirely to this purpose, or simply an area of the park bench where you like to sit on sunny days. Try one of these JOURNALS to help de-clutter your mind!
3. Stop allowing others to control your life and emotions.
The problem with allowing others to control your emotions is that it can result in poor decision making and poor choices. Which will ultimately lead to complicating otherwise simple situations and making your miserable. If you want to be happy, it means that YOU are in charge of YOUR emotions and YOUR decisions.
4. Let go of the need to look good at all times.
Letting go of this need means you don’t need to worry about what other people think, you aren’t trying to be perfect, and you’re not afraid to make mistakes. It also means that when things are going well in your life and you feel happy about it, there’s no reason for that happiness to slow down or stop because someone else doesn’t like how you’re living your life.
5. Take time to play and be silly.
Play is important for children and adults. Play has been shown to be a way of learning, growing, relaxing and unwinding, connecting with others, expressing yourself and having fun. As we grow up some of us forget how important play is in helping us develop our skills and talents while having fun at the same time!
6. You don’t have to say yes. You can just say no.
That’s not what people who abuse your kindness want to hear. They want you to say yes, even at the expense of your happiness. But when we say yes too often, we start feeling like we’re losing ourselves and our identity as time goes on. This can lead us down a path of anxiety and depression (or worse).
Many of us want to live a simple life, but we don’t know how. Here are 5 ways to simplify your life and live simply.
1. Get rid of clutter.
Clutter is anything you don’t need. It is anything you don’t use. Clutter is anything you don’t have to have. It is anything that doesn’t help you get what you want or make your life better, and it can be just about anything.
This includes physical stuff like clothes, books, dishes in the sink; mental distractions like worry about money or food or politics; even intangible things like your attachment to people who make your life harder than it needs to be (and vice versa).
One of the best things you can do to help simplify your life is to build and maintain a small, quality wardrobe. This means buying less, but buying better quality items that will last. Quality does not have to mean expensive; it just means something that will last longer than its cheaper counterpart.
Swap out clothes that are worn out or don’t fit well for new ones when they’re needed (which could be more often than you might expect). When shopping for new clothes, make sure they fit well, feel good on your body and make you happy when you wear them. This will ensure that the money spent on clothing goes further!
3. Prioritize your time and money.
Prioritizing your time means making sure you do things that bring value into other people’s lives, or that help move you towards achieving goals that are important to you.
It means spending less of your day on things that don’t add any value, or that take away from it. It also means not spending money on things that don’t make us happy or benefit others in some way.
4. Enjoy the moment and forget about the past and future.
Simple living doesn’t mean that you have to give up all your possessions and live in a cave. It’s about having just enough stuff to be comfortable, and then focusing on the things that matter most, people, experiences and relationships. If you can do this, then stress will fade away and happiness will come naturally.
5. Read less news and more fiction or poetry instead.
One of the best ways to live a simple life is to read less news and more fiction or poetry instead. If you want to avoid unnecessary stress in your life, then only reading literature is a great way to do that.
Final Thoughts: How To Live A Simple Life And Be Happy
A simple life doesn’t mean giving up all the things that make you happy, in fact, it often means doing more of those things. But simplicity does mean letting go of clutter and unnecessary stressors so that we can focus on what matters most. This could be spending quality time with family and friends while also pursuing our passions without having to worry about how we’ll pay for them later down the line. Download my FREE Forget Me Nots to have these lists at your fingertips!
When you think about the saying a “simple life is a happy life”, what does living a simple life mean to you? How do you go about living a simple life in a modern world? These are questions you have to answer for yourself, and I hope this article helps!