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I feel like life can get a little bit too much sometimes. Things don’t have to be as complicated as we think they are, and I will be honest, I am still learning with this one. But, I have been working on myself and I wanted to share the seven ways to simplify your life.
My anxiety used to consist of, overthinking on a daily basis, if not hourly. I spent hours overthinking a situation, playing out every possible ending a situation could have, then I, for some weird reason, focus on the worst ending.
A little example: I send out a weekly email to my subscribers at a different time than the usual time.
My head: “Ohh, well people are going to unfollow you and stop reading your blog because you’re inconstant. Meaning your blog is going to fail and that’s it over”
Do you see how insane that is!! From me simply sending out my email outwith my schedule and my mind goes into overdrive.
I’ve been trying to control my intrusive thoughts over the last few months and following the below tips have really helped!
SO, I’ve listed 7 ways to simplify your life, to give your brain a little break from the over-analyzing.
Declutter your computer
I spend a lot of time on my laptop and my documents can get VERY messy. I’m working with images, documents, videos and I also download printables and products. Therefore it can become really difficult to find things.
Also, I have a really bad habit of not renaming files… If I download something and the default name is “123download” but it’s actually a self-care checklist, I then can’t find it in my search bar.
SO, I’ve been cleaning out my computer each week to keep my documents in check.
I also create folders for everything and I spend half an hour a week sorting through what I need to keep and what I no longer need.
This also keeps my laptop in a healthy condition.
Carrying a water bottle
I’ve mentioned in previous posts that I am really bad at remembering to drink water. I now carry a water bottle about with me when I leave the house. This is a simple but effective way to simplify your life.
Staying hydrated is, of course, important and my anxiety can really take over if I’m not drinking the right amount of water. Along with headaches and tiredness.
I’ve noticed a large difference in my mental health due to simply drinking more water throughout the day.
*I want to note that drinking fizzy drinks isn’t helpful when you’re feeling anxious. I try to only have a fizzy drink 1/2 a week.
Unsubscribe to websites/email lists that you no longer use
I use multiple emails for different things. I have one email address that I created when I was 17 and it has a lot of information that I still use, but sadly during this time I subscribed to things I was interested in back then.
For example, I’m was still receiving emails from Indeed for jobs that I am no longer interested in. I received these emails on the daily and I found it SO STRESSFUL sorting out my emails when all I had to do was unsubscribe to the email list.
Spend an hour a month, if that, and unsubscribe to things that are no longer relevant in your life. This will keep your emails down and you won’t have to sort them as often.
Use budgeting tools for your finances
Before I started Confessions of an Anxious Gal, I would keep a really basic spreadsheet of my outgoings each month and it worked okay until I started my business and realised that I needed to really keep track of everything and up my game.
Even if you don’t have a business, use a google sheet and monitor your spending. All those little £3-5 transactions add up. After noticing how much I was spending on eating out, clothes and make-up, I decided to introduce a monthly limit.
Doing these budgeting hacks I have managed to save enough money to leave my job and go travelling for a few years.
Even if you spend half an hour documenting everything you spent, cash and bank transactions and start a savings account, you’ll notice a difference in no time.
Use a weekly planner for everything!!
I have the worst memory, if it’s not staring at me in the face, I’ll forget. I’ve tried using a few platforms for planning but nothing really stuck until I started using Trello for weekly planning and my daily planner for day to day tasks.
I plan out my self-care routine, my blogging routine and my work routine because it just makes life simpler. I don’t double book myself, I don’t make plans when I have a blog post due to go out. Using a planner allows me to manage my time efficiently and also stops me from procrastinating, as much.
I also have a simple daily planner which comes in four different colours and includes every day of the week.
Create a food menu for the week
Since I moved out in 2019, I have been planning out my meals for the week. I find this is really effective for several reasons:
- I am a fussy eater and I also eat with my eyes. If I want to try something new it gives me a little time to prepare for it. This makes me feel less anxious and it works for me.
- Saving money. If you plan out exactly what you want to eat, you can then buy the exact ingredients for those meals. This saved me 30% of my weekly budget.
- Fewer take-aways. If I plan what I am cooking for the next five days, I am less likely to buy a take-away because most of the food that I buy is fresh and I don’t want to waste anything.
- Healthy eating is easier. When I create my meal plan, I always feel pumped and ready to healthy eat. I’ll then buy all those healthy ingredients. Midweek I then want something else but I’ve only bought healthy foods, so I eat what I have in the house. Works like a charm!
Since moving home, I have been sticking to my meal plan.
Find a place for everything
This is one I have my boyfriend to thank for. Let’s get it out there… I am a messy person. Not intentionally, I just end up pulling out 5 tops and then I think, I’ll put them away later when I’m back, and before you know it, I’ve forgotten about it and my room is a MESS.
I’ve been living with Lyle coming up three years now and I’ve slowly started to pick up the habit of putting things away and finding a place for everything.
Putting things away straight after I’ve used them also saves me time. Another pro is if I’m having an off day and I don’t feel like tidying, I no longer have a mountain of chores, making the job more manageable.
Don’t get me wrong, I still need a prompt now and then but this helps my productivity and my mind feels clear sitting in a tidy room.
7 ways to simplify your life
Life is already complicated enough, help yourself out with the things you can control. My anxiety has reduced by a LOT over the last few months due to simplifying my life, thinking things through and controlling those intrusive thoughts.
What are some ways you simplify your life?