Everything from food, entertainment, exercise and organizing can be kept simple for sanity! Why make things complicated when we all have enough to worry about all the time, right?
Some quick tips on keeping it simple:
Keep it raw. Eating fruits and veggies may seem cliche to mention to such a group of enlightened individuals, but it’s the simplest way to get natural enzymes and nutrients into your system that probably so desperately needs it. Summer months provide an abundance of colorful, antioxidant rich fruits and veggies, so gobble them up and stay healthy! Whatever you don’t have to cook, don’t, as consuming raw fruits and veggies still have all their beneficial enzymes in tact! Why make it complicated? Plan simple meals around raw food choices. Make salads, dips, raw soups and use simple kitchen tools such as a mini food processor or blender. Go raw and keep it simple!
Choose foods that are not processed. Can’t get simpler than that. Processed foods with their laundry list of unpronounceable ingredients are anything but simple and they complicate things for our bodies, too! When the body doesn’t know what something is, it decides to deal with it later, and since the body already has enough to take care of, that mystery food sits there and turns into, you guessed it-FAT. So, eat fresh whole foods that you can pronounce and that don’t come in a box. Thinking “outside the box” means keeping it simple.
Breathe. Yeah, I know, I know…we do that anyway, but sometimes we forget to pay attention to our breath. I even caught myself literally HOLDING my breath this morning in the car (driving can certainly stress us out, can’t it?), so take the time to actually do the simplest of controllable bodily functions and breathe. Breathing brings our attention to the present and I can’t think of any other place I’d rather be. When we live in the now, letting go of controlling the past or the future, it takes a lot of the pressure off, literally. Breathing also brings oxygen to our heart, brain and entire body as well as detoxifies and helps move carbon dioxide out. Detoxify and let go by simply breathing.
Take stay-cations. Planning a vacation can be super stressful, especially if you have a family to think about. Why not see what’s going on in your own backyard? It’s more cost effective and you get to spend more time having fun than actually being on the road (or in a plane or on a boat). We all need to get away once in a while, and exploring what’s near us can be the perfect way to recharge without having to rob a bank to fund your trip.
Make a list and cross things off. “Old-skool” like, with pen and paper. Sometimes, I think we get too bogged down with technology. What happened to the simple times, where we just wrote stuff down? Yes, I know we are concerned with waste and recycling, so use scrap paper to make notes and keep yourself organized! Who needs some fancy schmancy iPhone app to keep you in check? That should be your job!Also, tangible things make us feel more connected to them, so actually writing down our thoughts, tasks and even intentions is very powerful! Keep organized by keeping it simple.
Keep it moving and enjoyable. You don’t have to join some fancy, expensive gym or commit to running 30 miles per day. All you have to do is focus on movement for as little as 30 min per day and make it be something you enjoy. When we complicate things (with mostly our mindset and unrealistic expectations), we set ourselves up for failure. Why not find something you enjoy; perhaps a class at the gym, going for a walk with friends, having some weights at home or taking tango lessons? Remember, we don’t want to add stress, we want to decrease it, so just ask yourself what you truly enjoy doing, or what you’ve always wanted to do, and go do it!
Have a plan and set goals. And hold yourself accountable for them! Without goals, it’s like traveling in uncharted territory without a map. Sure, that can be thrilling for a minute, but it may start to lose it’s appeal when you really want to get stuff done (like eat well or make money!) Your goals can be big or small and they don’t have to all be done tomorrow! Compartmentalization is key and it truly helps to break bigger goals down into smaller ones, but still keep the big picture in your mind. If you don’t know where to start, you can ask yourself some simple questions like: What makes me happy? Where do I see myself in 5 years? What am I good at? What am I responsible for at this moment? Then branch off and create a plan to tackle some of these pertinent questions.
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“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” ~Robert Collier