The more e-mails I get in my inbox the more looking at my inbox stresses me out. I find if I’m signed up for too many different websites, I can’t keep up with the amount of emails that come through and then I don’t read anything because I’m overwhelmed. To combat this, take some time to unsubscribe to emails you don’t read anyways. Try to not sign up for things unless you know you’ll definitely read their emails!
All you need is less
The more stuff you own the more you have to take care of, tidy up, put away, clean up, worry about, etc. Make sure everything in your house is needed, wanted and loved. Saving up to buy yourself good quality items will be better for you in the long run. Also, try not to feel pressure to keep things people gift you. I watched this documentary on minimalism when it came out and it really put into perspective how much stuff I owned that I didn’t need, want or love. After we moved into this house, I had two boxes of stuff that literally sat in the bottom of our closet for over a year before I went through it – I guess it’s safe to say I didn’t need any of it.
Make that box blue
Stop following people on social media that make you feel like shit about yourself and your life! Who care if they’re cool or famous or whatever. Maybe they have a nice house, or they’re super pretty, or they have a ton of cool friends and they travel around the world. If whoever they are/whatever they do makes you feel upset or jealous rather than inspired and happy, unfollow them. The best part is, if you really want to you can follow them again at a later date. It’s not good to have bad feelings every time someones post pops up on your feed.
I know it’s easier said than done, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Social media, technology, apps, emails, text messages, notifications – it’s a lot for people. Put your phone in another room, turn it off and unplug for as long as you can. 30 minutes, 10 minutes, 2 days – whatever you can manage will be good for your mind, heart and soul. Keep yourself busy with something if you need a distraction, which goes well with #5.
What do you love?
Find something you love and let it kill you. That’s a quote from somewhere I think. It’s a bit aggressive but nonetheless wonderful. Find something you really fucking love to do and do it. Do it as much as you can. Take pictures of everything, dance even if you’re bad at it, write poems until your hand is cramped, climb mountains and watch horror movies and lay in the grass while you listen to your fave Spotify playlist. Don’t let other people dictate what you do. Don’t let them take away your joy and your life by telling you what you’re into is weird or lame. If someone is that obsessed with what other people are doing they probably need to find something else to do with their time. I remember one of the saddest things I ever heard is one of my friends telling me she had to quit something she really, really loved before she transitioned to high school because people would think she was a loser. It broke my heart and there was nothing I could say to her that would change her mind. It still pops into my mind from time to time and I hope my kids never feel like they have to sacrifice their happiness to be accepted by people.
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