You are not going to win any awards for being the busiest person in the room. Chances are when you are on your death bed you will not be wishing you did more stuff people don’t remember you for. Don’t kid yourself. You are here to live your life authentically. You need to get out of busy and into focusing on what matters to you.
Minimalism is different for everyone. Most people have an opinion. For me, it is a journey to know myself and my world. It is about eliminating the superfluous and overwhelm that takes up too much time, space and angst. To get to the essentials that make life wonderful for me. To be my authentic self. Not focused on outside expectations or what others think of me. Changing patterns, appreciating value and quality, getting rid of the crap. Spending time doing things I enjoy. I love. I want.
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I recently needed to do a few of these. My dog was bitten by a red-bellied black snake. My mind was out of control with thoughts of her dying. All the drama and ensuing guilt of the stories I was making up in my head. I couldn’t think straight. I needed to stop and focus on making decisions. I needed to stop and let go of the drama and focus on what could be done in ‘the moment’. That is the most important point. I needed to want to stop the drama. I needed to put the actions into practice.
Sustaining a busy life is not always in our best interests, physically or emotionally. Feelings of overwhelm, stress and anxiety should not be considered normal. Issues with insomnia, headaches, and constant fatigue should trigger something is not right. It doesn’t fix the problem to take a pill and keep going. I know you feel you can’t fit in everything. But it is at those exact moments when you should be slowing down and taking a look at how you can care for yourself. We all need to ‘switch off’ and have ‘me time’ every once in a while.
Sometimes I sit and lament about being better at simplifying my life and living more intentionally. Then I look at the mess and amount of work and effort needed to be done and give up without really starting.
I know I am not the only one who thinks this. So I put together a few activities you can do within an hour to make your life feel a little more controllable. More intentional.
These 12 simple things will help you focus on your life and yourself. All you need is a timer. It can be on your phone or a kitchen timer, and between 10 and 60 minutes. Your call. And if you just said to yourself you don’t have 10 minutes to spare for one of these activities, I am calling bullshit. You are reading this post! Read more