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10 Ways To Make Life Simpler

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We all strive for a much simpler life. For most of us, our goal is to work less, enjoy life more, stress less and just chill. Unfortunately for too many of us, that's all a pipe dream. We work long hours and too hard at jobs we don't like or don't bring us satisfaction, barely pay the bills and at the end of the day, week and month, we're stressed and broke. We all really just want a simpler life but how?

Most of us create problems in our minds that aren't even there. They don't exist at all. We made them up. Sounds silly but it's so true. We worry for nothing. Cutting that out will certainly aid in making life simpler. Here are 10 other ways to do that.

nine_simple_ways_to_do_less_and_be_more1. Smile more.

Turn your frown upside down. As soon as you do this, immediately your mood will lift and whatever it is that is causing you frustration or sadness at the moment will dissipate and you will be happier and a little more lighthearted. Really. Try it.

2. Stop buying stuff.

We own so much stuff that we don't need. So much stuff. You have 25 belts, surely you don't need another one. And another watch? Come on. Stop collecting junk. That s all it ends up being in a year from now.

3. Turn the TV off.

We watch the news, we get depressed. Quick fix, stop watching the news. Get out and go for a walk, sit on the porch and look at the stars, read a good book. take up painting or woodworking or something. Do something other than watch TV.

4. Unplug.

Phones, iPad, computers and all other electronic gadgets, turn them off. Maybe even for an hour a day. For that hour, go relax, meditate, sit with a friend and chat. There are so many other things you can do that will calm your mind and allow you to chill out and enjoy life.

5. Don't fret.

Easier said than done. I know. But next time you find yourself worrying about something that hasn't even happened yet stop yourself immediately and go back to #1. Remember we are in control of our mind and our thoughts. Tell your mind to stop thinking ridiculous things, like things that don't exist that cause us to worry for nothing.

6. Go have ice cream.

Or another delectable treat. How often do you treat yourself to little things? little things you used to before an internet site told you it was bad for you. Just go have ice cream or whatever little treat you want to indulge in. It's ok to have treats every now and then. Know your limit, that's all.

7. Say no more often.

Don't be afraid to say no more often. We say yes to too many things and at the end of the day we get mad at ourselves for saying yes when we should have said no. Just say no. It's ok. Whoever you said no to will still love you. They'll also have more respect for you too.

8. Say yes more often.

Yes to yourself. Yes to treating yourself to an hour or a day to yourself. Yes to happier more fun things to do. Yes to random road trips and walks at the lake. Don't be afraid to go out and do things that you love to do, not what every body else loves to do.

9. Have naps.

Naps are great. Have more of those. Even lying down for 15 minutes, if that's all the time you have, is a great little quick fix if your body is telling you it's time to decompress. Listen closely.   Your body or your mind, will surely tell you when it's time to go lay down. Do it. Don't fight it. Go lay down.

10. Sit and do nothing.

Really, if only for an hour. Listen to music, stare out the window, close your eyes and zone out. Just do nothing. Just be. Let your thought s come and go. Enjoy the moment, enjoy being you.

Life doesn't always have to be go go go and full of stress. Take time to enjoy and decompress. You'll be happier.

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Steven Aitchison

Steven Aitchison is the author of The Belief Principle and an online trainer teaching personal development and online business.  He is also the creator of this blog which has been running since August 2006.