5 ways to do less and feel betterThere is always more to do and more to strive for, but slowing down is important to make sure we stay balanced and maintain our wellbeing. Consider these tips to help simplify your life, so you can make the most of every day.
1. Schedule downtime
If you’ve had a busy week, schedule some time where you you’re not committed to meeting up with other people. It’s tempting to say yes to everything, but sometimes it’s nice to spend a day pottering around the house or enjoying an early morning walk. Book this downtime into your diary, so you can relax and recharge for the week ahead.
2. Create a to-do list
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by everything you need to do, write out a to-do list and try to prioritise each item. Sometimes the act of writing out the task makes you realise it’s not as urgent as you thought and can be postponed for another day. You may also like to separate your list into work, home and social activities so you can make sure you’re not focusing all your energy on one area of your life.
3. Enjoy a local adventure
According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Australia is the happiest country in the developed world. Take advantage of our vibrant cities and natural environment by exploring your hometown. The change in routine may give you a new perspective on the week.
4. See quality, not quantity
It’s tempting to rush around trying to catch up with lots of people you haven’t seen in a long time, but sometimes it can get too much. Focus on spending time with people who are important to you and whose friendship is valuable to you. A good laugh with friends is not only fun, but can help reduce stress along with a range of other health benefits.
5. Switch off
Try a technology detox and switch off your phone, computer and other devices for a day, a weekend, or longer! It may take a while to get used to, but will allow you to focus on real life conversations and relationships with family and friends. You may enjoy spending this time in quiet reflection at your favourite café, or doing hobbies or activities that you enjoy.
How do you slow down and simplify your life? We’d love to hear your tips.