Leonardo da Vinci was quoted as saying, “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”, but it is easier said than done to adopt a lifestyle that is simpler and easier. Life has a funny way of getting complicated, but the truth is, we could be the ones who make it complicated.
With so much going on in our lives, maintaining a comfortable and unpretentious lifestyle is a challenging process, often, making it easy to forget about ourselves and looking after our body and well-being. Many people are always on the lookout for new and better ways to reduce the clutter, craziness and complications that have become synonymous hallmarks of our modern life.
A better and more comfortable lifestyle improves your health while giving you more energy and positively affecting your attitude. Simple living means having a lifestyle that makes your life easier, so you can live your way and enjoy life’s pleasures.
However, Rome was not built in a day, so do not expect to change your lifestyle overnight! Here are a couple of steps towards achieving a simpler, less complicated lifestyle:
•Change your mindset
Changing your mindset is essential to achieving your desired lifestyle. It opens your eyes and mind to recognise there is a much healthier way to live your way that will make your daily life better. If you do not make the decision to improve your routine, nothing will change.
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•Change your eating habits
We all love food - good lip-smacking, finger-licking and tastebud-tantalising food, that is! Changing the way you eat is more challenging than trying to climb Mount Everest in your swimwear. But nothing worthwhile comes without a sacrifice, right?
So, to change your eating habits, you will need to remain strong and consistent at all times. Keep your end goal in mind – perhaps a motivational note on the fridge, so that you are reminded each time you open it..
•Look for healthier choices
Adopting a healthy diet is a prerequisite for improving and achieving a less complicated lifestyle, and this means less junk food and more natural and organic food.
Everything changes in your body when you change your eating habits, as you will have more energy to sustain you throughout the day. Moreover, your brain will be able to retain more information, and you will be in a better mood all day.
The Mayo Clinic advises that the average adult should aim to have at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise every day. If you cannot work up a sweat every day, then it is recommended you have some physical activity at least three (3) times per week.
Regular exercise is beneficial to your body. It helps to relieve stress and anxiety, while also increasing your self-esteem. Furthermore, it speeds up your metabolism, which in turn improves your mood, enabling you to sleep better.
•More hours of sleep
One of the essential tips for a better and easy lifestyle is having good sleeping hours. Sleep requirements vary depending on your age, health and other factors, but most healthy adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep a night.
A sufficient amount of sleep assists our bodies in losing weight, improves our memory, increases our creativity and reduces depression.
If you can find it within yourself to be grateful and happy, you will be able to make peace with the idea that it is okay for things to not always be perfect. Such acceptance is the core of what it means to have a simplified lifestyle.
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