Simple living is one thing that almost everyone wants to adopt and secretly desires to lead but a little bit tricky to master. And these days with so much going on in the world and the earth & our environment going through so much of alternation because of human actions; force us to think to go towards a more realistic simple lifestyle.
But the irony is the TERM ‘simple living’ has become too mainstream to be on Pinterest boards and magazines, to tell all you people about what is it, the podcasts, workshops, and channels are up and running to guide people on how to lead their life in a simple manner. It has become a massive profit-driving industry.
Simple living is as much as the reaction to the huge materialism that is going on. BUT simple living is the basic lifestyle that has been going around for ages and most probably just got a little faded with all the urbanization. Now it has been served with the same recipe but wrapped in fancy packaging.
Great people from the past have led and encouraged others to lead a life that is taken forward with good deeds, self-awareness, and knowledge and connecting with the real-life essence of things that are actually important.
Lets read today as to how we can practically lead our life in this fast-paced materialistic world by just following a few lifestyle tips that are practical to sustain and help your personality for a long time. Also why we need to make our life simple, its benefits, and its effect on society for a longer run.
WHAT IS SIMPLE LIVING
Just making it fair and easy for all my dear readers. To simply put, “simple living” can be anything that can make you find inner peace and put quality over quantity. It takes you far away from consumerism and materialism. Basically finding beauty in the less, raw, vintage, rustic, old school and innocent things around you and prioritizing what makes you happy.
Simple living is not a formula to crack and decode. One might be happy to just grow their own food in their garden while others might just be happy seeing a less cluttered home, some might be happy seeing only 5 pieces of clothing in their wardrobe while other might just be happy to see birds and rain falling in there backyard. It’s not a formulated lifestyle. It’s about valuing and treasuring things that make one happy.
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Broadly put, simple living takes you out of the race of chasing status and social expectations. It cuts you down on the possessions and leads you towards a more conscious driven lifestyle. Conscious towards nature, conscious towards people, towards the environment, and towards you and loved once.
WHY SIMPLE LIVING
The times are challenging currently. There are questions we need to ask ourselves on lots of things. Questions like what actually we are doing with so many materials things do we really need so much to lead a life, what is the limit and how exactly we are not contributing to the huge about of waste we generate just to please our wants. WHAT IS THE SATURATION POINT?
We need to think on so many lines of focusing the environmental health, our mental health, upgrading the community, societal conditions, and sustaining this beautiful earth for many years to come.
Why simple living because human actions have already started to show effects on the surroundings and its really alarming how our actions are sabotaging the whole natural ecosystem. The so-called smart species are working in the opposite direction who needs to otherwise be very conscious and considerate. Why simple living because we want to create a world or I would rather say that we should maintain a world that is healthy, safe, and secure for our kids. We cannot be so selfish.
For a simple living, we need to ditch that EXTRA. Materialistic living can lead to so many things like :
Extreme weather change
Excessive urban development
Water scarcity and hydro stress
Marine life on oceans
Depletion of natural resources
Overall climate change
HOW TO LIVE YOUR LIFE SIMPLY – 12 PRACTICAL TIPS
Gardening is one thing that pleasures most of people. But then due to lack of time and space, we tend to neglect the positivity gardening and growing our own plants bring to us. The first awesome way to start your simple living is to grow our own food. Free of plastic synthetic pesticides, local, seasonal, and all organic. It will help you create less waste, go package-free, and save you money. Also needless to say that this will make you happy healthy and content.
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OWNING LESS THINGS
Another tip to simplify your life is to only buy or have things only that you actually need. How to figure that out. Sit with your partner, kids, and your loved once – talk and brainstorm about what things are really necessary for your lifestyle that you cannot sustain without. You need to be a little flexible on things but try to make a chart and figure out the difference between the things that is a need or a want, a fantasy, or a requirement. This will cut down on a lot of waste, resources, time, and expenditure.
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This one is great because food is one area where most of our time goes and most of our expenditure is. Making a schedule or a diet plan with the things you grow at home, the food you get from the local and seasonal food market, also shopping of packaging-free food, going towards natural organic food, and meal prepping will help you eat the most sustainable diets that will lead you to be healthy, uncomplicated your life, save your time and will help you go plastic-free and toxin-free.
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Simply scheduling the things that take most of your time like shopping, going to class, meeting friends, and spending time with family. Scheduling and planning the amount of time and resources you want to spend on something will make you realize what and how much should be delegated to one particular set of activities that you plan to do. Simple scheduling will help you manage your finances, generate less trash, and will help your mental health more effectively.
GO LESS DIGITAL AND DECREASING SCREEN TIME
Also cutting down your digital space and time will make you more organized. These days the social media takes a lot of your time to get yourself engaged. It wastes a lot of time, engages you in very negative thoughts, and sometimes makes you sad that the life you are leading is not something that is equally fancy than others. So cut down your screen time and utilize that time for better things.
DECLUTTER YOUR HOME
DE-cluttering is one single best thing you can do to simplify your life. Cutting down things and doing a detailed clean up in your home will reduce lots of things you actually don’t need. DE-cluttering will also lead you to donate, reduce, refuse, and reuse the things that you actually need. The lesser things you have, the less time you take to organize your home. This will fetch more time and will simplify your life on many other levels.
SIMPLIFY YOUR WARDROBE
Owning something only that you actually need and cutting down all the extra wardrobe that you buy and then get confused all year on what to wear and when to wear. Shopping only the wardrobe essentials will make your life simple and this way you will create less trash for the environment. We already know how FAST FASHION is destroying our planet.
There is so much landfill waste that is being generated with these clothes. Cheap quality and fast fashion produce clothes that never degrade instead release so much of toxin gases in the environment that is alarming and contributing to the global rise of temperature and climate change. So be conscious to not add to these major environmental issues on individual levels.
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PRIORITIZE WHAT IS MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU
A simple living is all about prioritizing what you need, what you actually love to do, what is the way you want to lead your life. It doesn’t fit in any molds. Set your priority right and minus all the activities that you think are not necessary, takes a lot of time and is not really helping you as an individual. Avoid these activities to make your life simple.
MAKE ROUTINE FOR STRESSFUL THINGS
Another thing is to list down the things that stress you out or look like a bit of work to you. Make a note and priorities it with your time and schedule. For example between you and partner, share the things and work on the basis of the likes and dislikes and availability of each other. This will make you organized. You will save on time and spend more time on what you think is important to you and your life. Setting up small goals to achieve and complete the work you have been given will make your life easy.
Exercising will make your mind and body stress-free and relaxed. Sweating out takes a lot of heat and stress out of your body and you feel refreshed, positive, and rejuvenated. Make exercise a part of your regime to cleanse your everyday routine. This way you will have a positive start of the day and the rest of the time will go stress-free and pretty light.
LIVE CLOSE TO NATURE
For me personally, staying close to nature, plants, and creating an environment that is well suited within your locality will bring lots of positivity in your life. Basically, plants are like little babies that you need to take care of. Once you start doing that, the whole thing becomes like a routine to your life, they make you responsible, hopeful, and positive to lead a simple and stress-free life
MAKE YOUR HOME A SIMPLE ABODE
Making your home a place, which is less cluttered, uses natural lighting, good air circulation will cut down lots of artificial equipment that you need for. This will minimize and simplify life to another level. Another thing to make your home environment to be simple is to use neutrals and white color schemes, the reason being that it goes with everything.
Also can be interchanged, repeated, and reused many times. Also makes your life much easy and saves time on choosing to match and setting up things that otherwise can take a lot of time not just one day but every day. Another feather to a simple home is the use of secondhand furniture. Using recycled furniture and home décor will help you make your home a sustainable and ecofriendly.
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BENEFITS OF SIMPLE LIVING
BOOST BANK BALANCE
HELP YOU FOCUS MORE
IMPROVE YOUR HEALTH
YOU GET TO KNOW MORE ABOUT YOURSELF
Life is really simple but we as humans make it complicated. We fantasy simple philosophies but are unable to decide and eventually rely on a quick convenient lifestyle. We as humans to make it convenient to compromise on lots of things. So leave all these possessions that you actually don’t need.
When we are put to extreme conditions or when we are thrown in a circumstance where we don’t have a choice we easily adapt to things, humans are highly adaptive in fact all organisms are. So why wait for that extreme situation to come to you and not give you choice.
Let figure out a way well in advance to be a conscious race who cares for everyone around.
Focus on real-life treasures, time, and memories to be more happy and content. Simple living and sustainability work together. A healthier environment will lead to better health for our future generations. It will be a slow change and things won’t go upside down in a day. So think about it and make a list of what small change you can make in your life today and days to come and one day you will crack the code of real happiness. ONE DAY AT A TIME OF SLOW AND SIMPLE LIVING.