We are told that the secret to happiness is to “live light” While this seems to mean to live without clutter, inundated by material items, there is more to it than that. Living light also means to spare yourself from the kind of thinking and behavior that lead to stress. Here are a few ways to do just that.
- Get rid of toxic thinking
Stop any negative self-talk. We are often our own worst critiques and we prove this daily by putting our selves down and piling up responsibility for things we have no control over. If you can bring yourself down, you can also bring yourself up. Counteract negative talk by boosting yourself with affirmations and switching the negatives to positive. It will take some practice, but soon it will become second nature.
- Get rid of toxic people
You may not recognize toxic people for what they are but they do have a strong effect on you. Take a minute to inventory the people in your life. Do you know anyone who resents you for any success? These are people who react to you with negativity and frustration. Does anyone try to manipulate you? Once you identify these people, either remove them from your life or manage them so they don’t stand in your way.
- Get some sleep
You may think you don’t have time to rest, but getting enough sleep is the most important thing you can do to improve your life. You can reduce your stress through relaxation. Detach yourself from worry before your bedtime so that you may rest easy.
- Get some exercise
Self-care means just that. Take care of yourself. Exercising will help you to think more clearly by distracting you from worry and by increasing the flow of oxygen to your brain. Just adding ten minutes a day can work wonders.
- Eliminate clutter
Get rid of things you don’t need. Stop any unnecessary spending. Take a look around and see what is really important. Start eliminating clutter and you will feel better. A good way to do this is to get rid of anything that doesn’t bring you happiness. (This is a great time to get rid of any storage container that doesn’t have a lid).
- Detox your finances
Everyone has had money problems at one time or another. Money issues can lead to extra stress. A good way to reduce this stress is to create a budged and stick to it. Look at your spending and honestly evaluate what you need to do to become more financially secure. This security can greatly reduce your stress level.
Taking any of these steps can improve your life hugely. Try doing one step first and see how it impacts your life before you move on to another.