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Five Ways To Simplify Your Life

We live a technologically driven age where we are overwhelmed with information. Very busy people inundated with tasks. We have work duties, family obligations, personal responsibilities, relationships to manage, and we have to learn how to do recovery and take care of our mental and emotional health.  It can all feel very overwhelming. Learning to simplify your life goes a long way in bringing about serenity and manageability.

Here are 5 ways to simplify your life:
  1. Take it one day at a time. This might seem cliche and you’ve probably heard it a million times, but there is some powerful truth spoken here. When you project into the future and start worrying about what might happen tomorrow or what could happen next month, you deprive yourself of the simplicity of living in the now. The present moment is all you have. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. Deal with what you have to do today. This helps to simplify things.
  1. Declutter your personal space. In your addiction, things became unmanageable. You likely neglected your personal space and allowed it to become overrun with all sorts of messes. Take the time to get rid of old papers, throw away trash, donate things you don’t need or use, and clean up. When your life is overwhelmed with the messes of your past, it becomes almost impossible to live a simplified lifestyle.
  1. Let go of toxic relationships. If you associate with friends or family members who are always inviting drama into your life, you need to kindly disconnect from these people. There are people who thrive on chaos and they have a special way of forcing everyone around them to experience the chaos they enjoy. One of the best ways to simplify your life is to only surround yourself with people who bring you peace, encouragement, and support.
  1. Learn the art of saying no. Quite often, you are bombarded with requests from people who need or want something from you. By continually saying yes to every request that comes your way, you overload your life with tasks and responsibilities that don’t belong to you. Remember, you have to take care of yourself first. Only say yes to things that will enrich your life and bring you peace.
  1. Connect with nature. There is something peaceful and beautiful about getting outside and appreciating the great outdoors. Stop and smell the flowers. Go for a nature walk. Visit a local park and feed the ducks. There is a lot to be said about slowing down and taking the time to appreciate the simplicity of nature.

Remember, recovery is really a simple endeavor, although it feels very complicated. The reality is that all you have to do is refrain from engaging your addiction – whatever it may be. When life feels complicated, we get stressed out and feel overwhelmed. This is uncomfortable. If you will take the five simple suggestions offered in this list, you will improve your quality of life and experience more joy, peace, and comfort.

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Anne Lazarakis joined the DARA Rehab team from Sydney, Australia. She writes about addiction and mental health on a global, local and community level. She also relays personal accounts of substance abuse and recovery through the stories of our clients, their families and our own team members.

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