It has often been said that “less is more”. A simple quote with a massive sentiment. That, however, can be easier said than implemented, especially in this material-oriented world in which we reside.
It’s easy in this day and age to get caught up in life. Some people work full time jobs to support themselves and their families; some even juggle that with studies, children, pets, or alternative commitments. Your day may go like this:
- Get up
- Go to work
- Work some more
- Travel home
And in hindsight, that’s considered to be quite normal. But out of everybody working a 9-5 job or studying full time, how many do you think stop to smell the flowers, as it were?
For me personally, I know that I have a tendency to sleep when I’m not busy, and sometimes blow earnings on things I want but not particularly need, and I’m not even making much money to begin with. After a while, I found myself living amongst clutter which really just contributed to my stress.
It’s important to find beauty in simplicity.
That’s not to say that you shouldn’t reward yourself with material goods, because you should. It’s your money, your right, and you deserve to treat yourself. However, there’s little better to reduce your stress than engaging in simplicity.
Going out on walks; taking note of the colours and sounds around you; looking at flowers, trees, birds, and otherwise, indulging in nature. Writing down your feelings; listening to ambient soundtracks; savouring your morning cup of tea; living in the moment.
Days go by so quickly these days, it seems. Or perhaps it’s just part and parcel of getting older. We struggle to turn our minds off and forget to live our lives, ultimately leading to a lack of satisfaction, and high levels of stress.
I’m all for living in this “hustle” culture, and I’m definitely all for working myself hard to get to where I want to be. But did you know that stress is linked to several lasting health problems?
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Extreme fatigue / exhaustion
It’s important when feeling stressed to find distractions and escapes. Staying healthy and maintaining a balanced diet to keep your energy up is a good start, but there are many other methods of coping.
Having a hobby; making sure to take breaks; take holidays when and where you can; keeping a stress journal wherein you document how you felt each day and what made you feel that way; taking your dog for a walk.
As technology evolves, we don’t need to dedicate our lives to our jobs and our stresses. Stress is there, it’s inevitable, and the most important thing we can do is to make sure we make the most of the world that we live in.
Less really can be more, sometimes.