Living the Simple Life
We know the saying “less is more,” but how can opting for less become something that actually helps us be happier and healthier in our everyday lives? Yarvell Randolph Gardner, Licensed Professional Counselor, shares some of the benefits of living a life that’s simpler and talks about how simplifying your life—also known as voluntary simplicity, downshifting, or minimalism—can be a plus.
Whether it’s having less stuff you don’t need or fewer things to worry about, simplifying can have a lasting impact on your wellbeing. In fact, one study found a link between having fewer material things and reducing overall stress. Living with less also encourages gratitude for what you have.
More Free Time
Yarvell says establishing more balance can “help reframe the simpler lifestyle not as living with less, but as making time and space for what makes you happy.” What brings you joy can be important to your wellbeing. Go for an extra-long walk or opt for a mid-week family movie night. The more we spend valuable free time with the ones we love, the better!
Having more things sounds great in theory, but you’ll soon find the opposite true. We acquire things with the best of intentions. “Then one day you look up and you’re surrounded by things—clothes you don’t wear, books you’ve never read, and so on.” Help your wallet and the environment by becoming more mindful of what you consume, or in short, living simpler.
Note: Since everyone’s health history and nutritional needs are so different, please make sure that you talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to get advice about the diet and exercise plan that‘s right for you.