How Simple Living Can Reduce Stress

Living a simple life can be a powerful antidote to the day to day stress, and a longterm solution to overwhelm. Over the past couple of years, I have made it one of my main focuses to release what no longer serves me. I have found this practice to be a very powerful in reducing stress in my life. We live in a time where, “being busy,” can be detrimental to our health and cause longterm side effects on our nervous system.

Embracing simplicity allows individuals to declutter their physical and mental spaces, fostering a sense of calm and tranquility. By prioritizing what truly matters and letting go of unnecessary complexities, one can experience a profound shift in their overall well-being. Let’s explore 3 ways you can create more space in your cluttered life so that simplicity is at the forefront of your decision making.

Start With Your Sanctuary

At the core of simple living is the principle of minimalism, a lifestyle that encourages intentional choices in all aspects of life. This doesn’t necessarily mean giving up all possessions; rather, it’s about curating a life that aligns with one’s values and brings genuine joy. What brings you joy and feels truly aligned with you? I highly suggest starting with your home. Decluttering, donating and selling items that take up space in your sanctuary will help with physically making space for new energy. Do you ever find that even taking a bag of clothes to the second hand store can be so cleansing? I know I do! You can even do this with your workspace. The process of decluttering physical spaces, such as homes and work environments, can lead to a more organized and harmonious life.

Practice Booking Nothing

Simplicity extends beyond the tangible, influencing how individuals manage their time and energy. Adopting a minimalist approach to scheduling can prevent overwhelm, allowing for more meaningful connections and activities.This doesn’t mean canceling on friends and family, but more or less being mindful not to overbook yourself. You do not have to be, “busy,” just because you have time in your schedule. Use that time to something that brings you joy and rejuvenates your soul. Prioritizing self-care becomes easier when the demands of a busy lifestyle are minimized, leading to improved mental and physical health. So, challenge yourself to put down your day planner and leave a blank space in your week.

Digital Detox

Okay, you knew this was coming. Let’s talk the digital age. The constant influx of information does contribute to stress and anxiety. Embracing simplicity involves cultivating a healthy relationship with technology, setting boundaries on screen time, and embracing moments of unplugging to reconnect with oneself and the natural world. Every couple of months, I will remove the Instagram app on my phone. I take a long break for at least two weeks. I only use social media on my phone, so removing an app is easy and gives me more space in my day. There are a lot of different ways to take a break from the influx, so find a way that works for you. You will be surprised how much more time you have in your day. I generally spend this time reading a book or working on an art project sometime, which fills my cup.

The transformative power of simple living lies in its ability to reduce stress by decluttering both the physical and mental aspects of life. By embracing minimalism, and prioritizing meaningful connections, you can create a life that is centered around what truly matters, leading to a profound sense of calm, balance, and fulfillment. I would love to hear how this works for you and what you are finding challenging.

Sunny Cameron
Sunny Cameron
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