We live in a complex world. From politics and economics to our own psychology and emotional awareness (or lack thereof), things are getting bogged down in disinformation and propaganda that distract us from the fact that most of us don’t really know ourselves, let alone how to live a simple, happy life.
Here, I will share with you 5 life hacks to declutter, detox, demystify, and otherwise simplify your life, so that you no longer feel overwhelmed by the onslaught of torrents seeking to grab hold of your attention and steal the force of your awareness.
1. Spend Quality Alone Time
Most people spend so much time filling their schedules with appointments, dates, and other engagements, to distract themselves from the emptiness they truly feel inside, so they create a false send of fulfillment by busying themselves with the presences of other people, “validating” their contentment.
Making time for yourself will be the quickest way to step outside of your daily routine of vapid busyness that really only deepens your sense of vacancy. When you can spend quality alone time, actually getting to know yourself, you will find what really makes you tick, and discover passions you didn’t even know you had.
2. Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
This one might sound a bit counterintuitive, but it really isn’t. The reason you feel overwhelmed by everything in your life, is because you have made it that way, convincing yourself you don’t have a choice and filling your schedule with things you don’t really want to do, yet feel like you have to, in order to be have a semblance of achievement.
Allow me to speak frankly: just because you are doing something, does not mean you are accomplishing something or that you are obligated to do it. With everything you do, you are producing a result, but, as I’m sure many of you know, the quality of that result depends not only on what you do, but how you do it.
Becoming aware of what’s comfortable for you can allow for a bird’s eye view of what would be more productive and fulfilling, instead of just doing the same things over and over again, never really accomplishing anything.
3. Turn Off Your Television!
Or phone, tablet, whatever it is you’re constantly glued to that feeds you “information” and drivel on a daily basis. If you think what you see on the news is an accurate depiction of what is really going on in the world, I advise you to stop reading this, because there is nothing I can do to help you.
If, however, you are aware of the fact that most of what you see and hear is false information, inflated by hyperbole for effect, and jam packed with the sugar of entertainment, then take your own advice and stop paying attention to all of the things that contribute to your daily brainwashing!
4. Turn on Your Mind
No, it isn’t dirty. Now that you are no longer inundating yourself with disinformation, I want you to start using your mind to think introspectively, because this will allow you to see your life for what it truly is: a meaningful existence full of infinite possibilities and endless adventure just waiting to be explored.
In neuroscience there is a term called neurogenesis, which is the creation of neurons beginning in embryonic development. Scientists used to believe this only lasted until about age five, but thanks to recent studies, we now know this lasts well into old age. If you’ve read any of my blog posts before, you probably know that neuroplasticity is the nervous system’s natural ability to develop new neuronal connections.
The reason this is significant is because, the more you use your brain, the more efficient it becomes, and the more intelligent you become. Simplification begins with developing higher awareness; therefore, enhancing your ability to recognize and sift through relevant information.
5. Stop Seeking and Start Doing
Most of you reading this have likely been on a long term, if not life long, quest for wisdom and truth. Well, if you’ve read much on Buddhism and Taoism, you know that the more you know, the more you don’t know, meaning the more information you gather, the more you realize there is so much more than you could ever compile in one lifetime.
So, stop seeking enlightenment, and realize that life is about creating balance, that it’s about learning as well as acting, and that it’s about being still and resting as much as it is about seeking your passion and stirring things up.
Give yourself time to recuperate after months, or even years for some, of searching and collecting information, but don’t forget to take action along the way. In the words of Bruce Lee, “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done. Make at least one definitive move toward your goal.”
For more life hacks to simplify your life and begin to develop your true potential, click here to schedule a free consultation, and we will discuss how I can help you to grow along your path of development.