How To Simplify Your Life?

How do we live a simple life? That’s what we all must ask ourselves. You need to take a step back and learn to simplify your life because, without it, you’ll always be tired of yourself and the things you loved to do. By simplifying your life, you can enjoy even the tiniest things and be in control of your life.

Life can be hard and exhausting sometimes. It’s never easy for anyone but we strive to make the best of our day. However, we’re always looking for things that make us happy. Things that make our life more enjoyable.

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Sure, you have work; a lot of it at that, but that doesn’t mean you will give up the things that make you happy. That you will just work your butt off, earn, and feed your family, and then repeat the cycle as if you’re a robot.

No, we’re not robots which is why we must also work hard on keeping ourselves happy and sane. God created us not only to work but also to enjoy the pleasures of life which he has bestowed upon us and to be close to our relatives as well.

If you want to be happy, stress-free, and always be surrounded by tranquility and choices you can easily make, then continue to read on because today, I’m going to share with you some amazing tips that can help you simplify your life for the better.

11 Ways To Simplify Your Life!

 

  • Set Monthly Goals

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    When you set monthly goals, you get this motivation that yes, you have to fulfill/complete what you started. This way you can break your bad habits, change your lifestyle, and even complete goals you had a hard time finishing.

  • Reduce The Time You Watch T.V

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    Television can and is a big distractor. It can pull you away from your goals, make you lazy, make you forget things, and even make you crazy! (no offense to all those binge-watchers!) There’s no harm in watching one episode a day, but five-six episodes mean using 5-6 hours of your day….just down the drain!

    That’s not how we should live life. You can do SO MUCH in those precious 5-6 years instead of watching television or Netflix. Yes, I know that you have your excuses such as ‘I can’t stop watching because it’s freaking interesting!’ and ‘I wanted to know what happens in the next episode!’ but you need to put a limit to your inquisitiveness and start doing something that will help you be proud of yourself and your life.

  • Declutter Your Closet

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    We all have so man clothes but nothing to wear, right? (lol, I know you get me) but yeah, it’s time we get into our closet and pull out all the clothes we don’t need and give them in charity (to someone who actually needs) Trust me, you will feel good and your closet will look neat and tidy too! It’s two birds with one stone, girl!

  • Follow A Morning Routine

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    Sometimes, when you wake up, you might get a little confused as to what to first; should you check your emails? eat and then work out? or workout and then eat? Or wait…should you drink coffee first? All of these things may make you hazy and crazy and you might end up sleeping your morning off! And now that it’s lockdown season and we’re all always in our homes, this could be a big problem. However, if you make and follow a specific morning routine that works according to your needs; then you can get up every morning knowing what to do and when. This way you won’t feel as if there’s too much work to do and you can do it step by step.

  • Pay Off Your Debt

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    Being a middle-class family, I know how debt can jeopardize your family. I am saying this through my personal experience and believe me when I say that paying off debts is one way to have a simple life. You don’t want the people you are indebted to, calling you every single day, or the bank to come to your house to ask for money. It’s a harsh and cruel world out there and being in debt is gonna make it worse.

  • Stop Being Negative

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    Negativity can ruin your life. Yes, I’m going to say it once again; it’s going to ruin your life and by the time you’re at the bed of the ocean, you will be filled with regret and guilt knowing that all this time, if only you could have thought positively then maybe things could have been changed for the better. Think negativity as your enemy, as your bully, and you need to fight this bully so that you can control your own life instead of letting someone or something tell you what to do. Also, you’re just wasting your time thinking negative thoughts when you could have opened up your laptop and started your own blog!

  • Use Less Social Media

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    Ladies, Gentlemen, and pretty non-binary people out there, we have another enemy among us and that is Social Media. Yes, we waste our time on social media and also hope to get things done! That doesn’t work at all! If you want to get somewhere in your life, then you have to put down that damn phone, close your Instagram (by the way, follow me! it’s @writernxtdoor), and start working on who you want to be! Instead, what you can do is learn new courses such as Blogging, How to become a voice-over artist, and more through Fiverr Learn! 

  • Make A List Of Priorities

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    This way, you can have an organized mind and clarity of what really matters most in your life. It can be either taking a course on Udemy or starting a Fiverr account where you can sell your creative services to others who are in need of it.

  • Woah, There…Slow Down

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    Take a deep breath and don’t try to think of anything for a while. Just close your eyes and maybe think of cute sea turtles, kittens or baby hamsters! Chill bro, your work isn’t going to go anywhere and neither is your laptop. Now, once you have taken a few minutes off of your screen, you can now eat a fruit or a piece of chocolate and get back to work. Your mind will feel refreshed and you will become more productive.

  • Avoid Multi-Tasking

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    Multitasking can make you feel anxious and hyper. It’s like, you need to complete whatever tasks you have in hand even though you could have done it one by one and finished it quicker. Avoid multitasking and try to keep only one-two tabs open on your laptop. It’s good to work one project at a time instead of being all over the computer screen as if you’re playing the piano!

  • Write To-Do List

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    The best way to stay organized and have a clear mind in the morning is to make your to-do list right before you go to sleep. This way, you can know what to prioritize and what to keep aside.

I hope this simple guide on how to simplify your life has helped you (don’t know about you, but it has helped me a lot!) and if you ever feel as if you’re too tired and just want to lie down; do that, please, because you need to take care of your body and your mind too.

Times can be stressful but with a bit of organizing and maybe a couple of deep breaths, you can definitely make it work!

Thank you for reading and I hope to see you in my next article!
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How To Fix A Sedentary Lifestyle

*Disclaimer – The information contained in this article is for educational and informational purposes only and is not intended as health or medical advice.* 

A sedentary lifestyle means having little to no body movements. It means not being active or productive enough. Due to this lockdown and to people now being at home more than ever because of COVID-19, people have become more inactive and lazier; which is not a bad thing but not a good thing either.

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Are you one of those people? Are you having a hard time getting up from the couch just to go to the bathroom or make yourself some dinner? Are you on your electronic device the entire day and only get up to brush your teeth and sleep?

Well, if you are, then it’s time you fix your lifestyle because this type of lifestyle is unhealthy for you and for your body. As honest as I can be, you’re ruining your body and your body isn’t happy either. You might be gaining weight, getting red eyes or dark circles, you might even have been getting pimples or headaches. 

Research also confirmed several health risks that are associated with a sedentary lifestyle such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, cancer, early death, and cardiovascular disease. It also impacts mental health disorders, loss of appetite, and depression.

Today, I’m going to share with you several tips that can help you get back on track and have a healthy lifestyle which will not only make you feel good about yourself but will make and keep you productive throughout the day.

Physical Activity 

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Any sort of physical activity such as running, cycling, swimming, or even brisk walking can reduce the above-mentioned health risks. It’s reported that those people who exercised had lower health and mental health problems than those who did not. So you better start buying those gym clothes now because you’re going to need it! 

*It’s best to combine cardio with weight and strength training which will help you in weight-loss and to build lean muscles.

Avoid Being Sedentary 

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Some steps you can do to avoid being sedentary is by: 

  • walking to the desired destination if it’s just a few blocks away.
  • by standing on public transport
  • talking leisure walks
  • doing house-chores
  • Gardening
  • Keeping your phone charger away from where you usually sit.
  • Playing outdoor games with friends such as basketball, tennis, or even cycling.
  • Taking the stairs
  • Stretching a little between breaks while you’re working

Doing these little things can go a long way for you to have a healthy lifestyle. Because nowadays life has become easier due to various technologies, we mustn’t get tempted by it and try to be as active as possible.

A sedentary lifestyle isn’t a healthy lifestyle. 

Keep that in mind and with that, I wish you all the best!
Stay safe and stay active.

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7 Activities To Do With Kids Amidst Lockdown

If you’re a parent and you’re tired of playing hide and seek, board games or tea parties with your child, then fret not, because you’ve come at the right place. Today, I’m going to share with you some activities which you can do with your kids and all the more enjoy the time together.

It’s going to be fun, crafty and your kids will love you for it! I know, parenting is hard and it takes a lot to make a child happy but trust me on this, these activities will keep them busy and in a way, it’s a good way to develop their brains and the friendship and love between you, the parent and the child.

Cardboard House

You and your kid can team up and make a cardboard house with delivery boxes! You can paint it, decorate it and shape it however you want. You can even leave the imagination to your child and see how his/her dream house would be like.

Cardboard castle
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Glow Stick Balloons!

For this amazing and fun activity that will bring giggles and smiles to your child’s face, all you need are mini glow sticks and a pack of balloons. Just put the glow sticks inside the balloon and blow them as big as you can. Then switch off the lights and enjoy a disco night!

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Straw Necklaces

Just grab a bunch of straws, some string and, scissors (make sure not to give the scissors to your little ones) and create a straw necklace that will make your kid look fashionable (maybe?) but joyful as ever! It will also keep them busy so this is the right time to head to the kitchen to prepare your meals or do the laundry.

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Messy Art Project

Who doesn’t love paints, right? For this activity, just grab a bunch of white papers and several boxes of paints to create a fun but absolutely messy art project that mostly involves bare hands and maybe even legs!

*Spoiler Alert!* It will make your floor messy so make sure to put a large newspaper or an unused/old sheet on the floor before beginning the activity.

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Living Room Fort

You and your kids can gather colorful blanket and make a fort of your own! You can decorate it however you want, play board games and even read them storybooks.

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Popsicle Stick Crafts

I used to do this activity so much when I was a kid. It’s fun, playful and your kids would love it, trust me! All you need is a bag of popsicle sticks, paper, and glue. You can create so many shapes and scenes with it. The ideas are limitless!

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Vegetable Stamping

This activity here is another of my favorite since all you need is some paints, paper, and vegetables that are cut in various shapes and sizes! Just dip the veggies in the paint and stamp it on the paper. However, make sure that your kid doesn’t take the veggie in his mouth!

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I hope you liked this article and will try some of these activities with your kids as well! In a way, this lockdown has given us a chance to spend some quality time with our family so let’s utilize every second of it and make it memorable.

Peace neighbors,

See you in my next post~

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