Between work, kids, relationships and taking care of yourself, finding time to simply relax can be difficult. For some women, it doesn’t happen at all. Taking a few small steps toward sanity can help you streamline your schedule, allowing more time to unwind and de-stress. Here are seven easy ways to simplify your life for a happier, healthier you.
Schedule, schedule, schedule
It may seem simple, but keeping reminders in your phone or in a notebook can drastically reduce stress and organize your thoughts. Forgetting that you have an appointment in 30 minutes and rushing out the door is never a good feeling. Set reminders that give you ample time to get ready and out the door.
Plan meals ahead
If you're the main cook in your family, planning meals before you need them can take off the pressure when hungry kids come foraging for food in the kitchen. Try slow cooking meals. Go on and live your life as you cook a delicious, hearty meal.
Combine work and play
If your child is old enough, have them help you cook a meal. They can offer an extra hand, and it's a great time for bonding and teaching them the tricks of the kitchen.
Keep a positive outlook
Yeah, we know, easier said than done, right? Waking up in the morning with a positive attitude makes problems seem like they're not such a big deal. Take a breath and put on a smile. Soon everything else will follow.
Get some exercise
Aside from the obvious health benefits, exercise releases endorphins that help with your mood. As in number four, a positive outlook means an easier life. Plus, it gives you time to get away from it all and think for awhile. Get on that treadmill and work your way to a simplified life!
Take a vacation
It doesn't have to be too expensive. Just getting away from home and escaping your everyday routine can show you that there's more to life than your day-to-day. Knowing this, those stressful everyday tasks start to seem more like a choice than a burden.
Organize your living space
It seems so simple, but just regularly cleaning and organizing your home can reduce stress when the in-laws come into town, or when you're looking for the one thing that got lost. Now you'll know exactly where it is.