It is so important for all of us to reconnect with nature--even if you only have one minute per day. This practice benefits us in many ways. It grounds us, it makes us feel whole, it keeps us in the present which is the only real moment there is at that time, it calms anxiety, it eases depression, it gently stimulates and/or satisfies sensory processing needs, it is beneficial to our health, it makes us smile; the list goes on and on.
It is also very important to find time to regularly visit with family. The family connection grows stronger and the bond deepens, especially when grandchildren are added to the family. Staying connected usually builds a good support system which generally helps increase self-confidence and promotes a feeling of belonging while also creating memories.
My high school accounting teacher said "Accounting is simple, but that doesn't mean it is easy." That statement can be a bit confusing for most people. Most of us think simple equates to easy because it often does. At other times, it does not.
My teacher's statement can also be applied to life in general--"Life is simple, but that doesn't mean it is easy." When we simplify things, we try to make things easier. We try to do things efficiently--less steps, less work, and in less time. When we try to make things more simple in our everyday lives, it makes it much easier for us to handle the bigger challenges in life because we aren't already on overload. Intentionally making life simple gives us the breathing room we need to keep ourselves composed when disappointments, emergencies, and tragedies occur.
Most of us need to get back to (or step back to get a bit closer to) the "simple" life--valuing relationships (people) and nature (environment and animals) more than the abundance of material items that are available to us 24/7. Many years ago, we didn't hear the words "clutter" and "declutter" (or at least not as often as we hear them in the present day) and we didn't have schedules so overfilled that almost every minute of our day was accounted for in a calendar. Overall, homes were much smaller and they weren't stuffed with so many material possessions. Kids often spent all day outside. It was a much more simple life--people enjoyed moments instead of material things. Overall, people enjoyed much better health--less allergies, asthma, food intolerances, cancer, and other medical conditions. Life was more simple.
It's not too late for us to make some changes to shift back to the simple life in order to live life more fully and more intentionally.
A few suggestions to start living the simple life:
Reduce clutter. Ruthlessly go through your material things and purge. If you don't love or need an item, find a new home for it. I will expand in more detail in another blog post coming very soon!
Keep up with paying bills and filing paperwork. Don't let piles gather or stack up.
Start a vegetable garden, then plant flowers and maybe even some fruit trees!
Keep in touch with family. Call relatives and visit them in person, if possible.
With less things to organize and clean, this gives you more time to experience and enjoy life. You will also reduce your stress. Your mind, body, and soul will be more relaxed. You will have some time to enjoy and refresh yourself in nature. You might be able to enjoy more bonding time with your family (immediate and/or extended). The simple things in life are usually the most important!
Do you agree with my thoughts? Is this something you would like to start doing soon? What will be your first action toward a simple life?