1. Consider a Career Switch
Our occupation choice can create a lot of undue stress and anxiety. Each career has its share of headaches. This could be in the form of an upcoming deadline or presentation. Stressful situations are generally short-lived, and within a couple of weeks, our normal routine resumes. On the other hand, if your present job consumes too much of your time and energy, which negatively affects your relationship with family, maybe it’s time to re-think your career choice.
2. Get Out of Debt
Eliminating needless credit card debt is a surefire way to simplify your life. Monthly payments on excessive balances can take a huge chunk from your paycheck, which leaves little disposable income. Constantly worrying about credit card statements and past due bills is no way to live. Create a realistic spending plan, stick to a budget, and make a few sacrifices. Sacrifices may include dining out less, bargain shopping, or calling off pricey vacation plans. Fewer debts equal less worries.
3. Ditch an Extra-curricular Activity
Hobbies and participation in extra-curricular activities are pleasurable and offer a change of pace. Yet, too many activities can become burdensome. If your evenings and weekends are jam packed with soccer, piano lessons, ballet, and so forth, you might consider lightening your load. Don’t give up all your favorite activities. Pick the hobby or sport you enjoy the most, and stick with this one. Likewise, if you son or daughter’s participation in extra-curricular activities become exhausting, limit their involvement in a few sports.
4. Learn How to Say “No”
Easygoing people can easily become loaded down with another person’s dilemma. Lending a helping hand is respectable, and deserves commendation. However, if you have a routine of tackling everyone’s crisis, or constantly bending over backwards for people, you will not have enough energy or time for your own problems. Do you have experience planning events, which prompts others to ask you for assistance with planning their party, baby shower, etc? Perhaps you work from home, and friends want to hire you as the babysitter. Learn how to say “no” without feeling guilty and your life will be less complicated.
5. Slow Down and Relax
Caring for a family and trying to earn a living creates a hectic, fast-paced life. Take at least 20 – 30 minutes each day and enjoy complete silence. On the drive home in the evenings, turn off the radio. Sit on your back patio and enjoy a cup of coffee. Making time to let your body and mind unwind is essential to your physical and mental well-being.