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Lately I’ve been feeling unmotivated and guilty for not leading what I feel is a “meaningful” life. These feelings of despondency, boredom with my life and disinterest in things that I normally enjoy doing, has begun to worry me. I even started to think that I was a little depressed. This new year/new decade, I never set myself a goal or intention. I just let it pass. But now I’m almost two months into the new year I’m thinking it’s about time to declutter and simplify my life.
Last year was such a big year for me, retiring from work, having to move house twice, establishing a brand new house in a new town, welcoming the arrival of my first grandchild and then taking care of my husband during an illness. I think I never really got a chance to take care of me and now I have all this spare time on my hands I’m not sure where to start.
A few mornings ago as I set off on my usual walk with my dog I decided to put my bathers on and stop at a lovely sandy little beach at the creek estuary near where I live. After I gave the dog a swim I tied her up whilst I enjoyed a refreshing dip in the crystal clear creek water and I started talking to another lady who was cooling off in the shallow water. It was absolutely divine and I immediately thought “when was the last time I did this”? Normally I’m in far too much of a rush to swim or talk to a stranger.
So I immediately set an intention of taking more time for myself on a daily basis and start to focus more on the simple pleasures in life rather than feeling the need to be busy all the time.
Clutter affects our brain adversely, our ability to focus, our sleep patterns, and our anxiety levels. Stacks of mail or emails, bulging wardrobes, and cluttered cupboards and drawers may seem harmless. But clutter and disorganization can have a cumulative effect on your brain. When you constantly experience disorganization, it drains your brain and makes it harder for you to focus. Just seeing clutter distracts your brain enough to potentially reduce your working memory.
Plus experts have discovered that clutter has negative effects on your mental and physical health, too. It can leave you feeling anxious, stressed, or even depressed. Studies have shown that cortisol (the stress hormone) levels are higher in people who have a messy and cluttered home. It can also lead to making poor food choices causing bad physical health.
Living the simple life doesn’t have to mean going completely off the grid and shacking up alone in a humpy in the middle of nowhere! There are plenty of things that we can do that will declutter and simplify our lives that don’t involve moving to woop woop. Minimizing consumption and the pursuit of wealth and material goods is a good start.
Living a simple life means stripping away the non-essential stuff in your life so that you can focus your time and energy on the things that matter the most to you. Things like relationships, family, friendships and self care. Simplifying your life by reducing consumption also means you will spend (and owe) less, resulting in financial independence and can lead to less stress and worry.
Living a simple life doesn’t just mean giving up your possessions. Choosing simplification creates a life filled with meaning, a life lived on your own terms. ~ Calvin Holbrook
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 6 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now in her early 60s. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Tweed Coast of New South Wales, Australia. Kathy enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, photography, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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