3 Ways To Live The Simple Life

“It is no bad thing to celebrate a simple life”

J.R.R Tolkien

My life is kind of crazy. I work full time as a Tax Auditor that requires local and out of state travel. I am a mother to a second grader who has homework, piano lessons and hip- hop dance class. I’m in Grad school part time pursuing my master’s in Health Services Administration. And finally, I am an entrepreneur, which includes blogging, being a Holistic Health coach and handcrafting vaginal steam herbs and detox teas. Worry, stress, anxiety, frustration and panic are feelings I’m all too familiar with. My to do list is so long and I am faced with deadline after deadline. Sometimes I feel that I can’t handle it all and I feel extremely overwhelmed. But there are three practices I have incorporated in my daily routine which have brought simplicity and focus to my life. Being consistent with these practices has caused my stress levels to decrease drastically. I feel lighter, more peaceful and much more focused. Here are three ways to keep life simple.

  1. Turn Off Notifications

I have removed nearly  all notifications from my phone. That includes email, Facebook and Facebook messenger. Notifications were a HUGE distraction for me. Every couple of minutes my phone vibrates, alerting me of the dictionary.com word of the day or that I received yet another annoying chain message in Facebook messenger. I would be at work, doing homework or hearing the latest 2nd grade gossip and I would hear my phone vibrate or ding and boom, my focus is interrupted. Now, I check my emails twice a day at a time that is convenient for me. I will log into Facebook on my lunch break or after I have finished my other duties. Since I have done that, I have been able to focus on what’s important in that moment. It has made such a huge difference. My mind isn’t being pulled in 15 different directions with 15 different notifications in a matter of minutes. My day has become more simple, by not being constantly interrupted and distracted.

  1. Focus Only on What is Important, Leave the Rest

This is of upmost importance to bringing simplicity and focus to life. I constantly ask myself what is really important and what deserves my energy. Am I driven by what’s on the news and what’s the latest trending topic ? I have decided that at this point in my life there are four things that are most important. My personal growth, my man, my child and getting this shmoney.

If it doesn’t involve those four things, then I can’t be bothered.  And I make no apologies for it. I am extremely selfish with my time and energy these days. I refuse to be pulled in twenty different directions. I focus only in what is important and I leave the rest behind. I say yes to what’s important and no to everything and everyone else. This takes some practice, but if you are tired of feeling overwhelmed about everything that is on your plate, get a smaller plate and get smaller portions. Work to weed out the “extras” that don’t add to your life. Make life simple with only what truly matters and center your daily activities around those important things.

  1. Aim to get 7.5-9 Hours of Sleep Every Night

We are walking, talking zombies, completely sleep deprived and over caffeinated. And what’s worse is we think this is normal. Burning the midnight oil and putting in long hours has become the sign of having a great work ethic. Wrong! Don’t work harder and longer, work smarter. Sleep is what we need most. Our bodies and minds need the opportunity to relax, rest, repair and rejuvenate. Having a good night’s rest will make your day better. You will be more focused, be in a better mood and increase your productivity. Don’t know how you can get more sleep? Following the first two steps will help free up your time. Set a bed time for yourself when you plan your day. Identify what needs to be accomplished for you to get in bed by that time and get it done. Turn off your notifications and stop scrolling social media. Stop staying up late binge watching seasons of Netflix shows.  Determine what is important, leave the rest and get in the bed! It is my goal to get 7.5-9 hours every single night, and I take naps whenever I can. Granted, due to the number of things I have going on, there will be some very late nights and early mornings, but this will be an aberration, not my normal.

Society says, “Go, go go. Do more with less. Multitask, watch this, look at that”. Everyone is in a rush. Everyone has a million things to do and you can see the exasperation on their faces. You don’t have to be one of those people. I’m determined to not be one of those people. These 3 practices will get you out of the rat race that has become life in America and back to living a simple, focused life of someone who has grasped the true meaning of life.

Kathleen, “The Nutritional Truth Teller” is a Certified Holistic Nutritionst, Certified Nutrition and Wellness Consultant and a Certified Vaginal Steam Facilitator. She is the owner of Beauty In A Barbell Nutrition, whose sole mission is to optimize the physical, mental, and spiritual health of the Black community through African Holistic Health and Black Radicalism. She carries with her the ancestral knowledge and wisdom of the medicine men, women, healers and warriors she lovingly calls her ancestors.