Alyssa is a wife, mom, and coffee enthusiast who loves sharing her favorite lifestyle tips with the world.
The new year is finally here and the uplifting energy that surrounds this notion of a fresh start hasn't waned just yet. Many are hard at work on their resolutions, trying to improve themselves and life overall. Personally, I've always been a fan of the KISS Method. I love making things simple and easy. There's joy and happiness to be found in a life of simplicity, not to mention how much time it frees up for other, enjoyable tasks.
Below I'm sharing my top tips for simplifying life in seven popular areas. Just applying one or two can help you have your best year yet.
Weight-loss doesn't have to be a complicated or expensive affair. You don't need fancy clothes, equipment, or a gym membership to get started. What you do need is a realistic goal and a simple action plan. Get specific about what you're trying to achieve and make sure that it's doable. Then start small. If you're brand new to working out, aim to get movement in a few times a week. Something as simple as a walk after dinner is a great starting point.
You don't need a gym membership or an expensive streaming service either. Both are options, but in my experience it's best to find a program that you like and will allow you to progress. I always recommend utilizing free resources such as YouTube, Vimeo, free apps on your smart TV or phone, and even the library. Try different types of exercise to see what you enjoy. If you like the workouts you do, you're more likely to stick with it. Consistency is key when it comes to weight-loss.
Taking care of your skin is important and having a simple routine with products that work for you is the ultimate goal. If you have concerns, visit a dermatologist. That is the best way to tackle whatever skin issues you may be dealing with.
You most likely don't need a ton of products either. The majority of people can benefit from using a cleanser and moisturizer daily. Neither need to be fancy or expensive. Many drugstore brands are just as good and will save your wallet. The simpler your routine, the more likely you are to stick with it. As with most things in life, consistency is where you will see results.
No one needs a closet and dressers bursting at the seams with clothes. Chances are you aren't wearing a lot of what you own. Most people gravitate toward a few favorite pieces and everything else gets pushed to the back. Take stock of what you own before rushing out to buy into the latest trends. Dedicating a little time to clean everything out, sorting through what you actually wear and parting with what you don't, will clear space and maybe even improve your mood. Without so much clutter, getting dressed every day will be less stressful. It's time to get rid of those items that no longer fit too, whether you were saving them for when you lost that extra 10 pounds or just in case you gained weight again. Accept your body where it is today and start working on loving yourself for who you are and where you're at right now in the present moment.
When purchasing clothes in the future, consider your life as it currently is and what you do on a daily basis. Tailor your wardrobe to fit your life, not the other way around.
4. Screen Time
How much time do you spend looking at a screen each day? You might be surprised if you look up the answer. Constantly being bombarded with snippets of other people's lives, opinions, and ads can be draining. Consider scaling back a bit. It doesn't have to be a drastic declaration of quitting social media for a month or more or going completely off grid. Start small by not grabbing your phone immediately after waking up. Take those first precious moments of the day for yourself. Savor your coffee, hop on your mat for a yoga session, meditate, or just enjoy getting ready for your day. Do the same thing at night. Give yourself a breath of fresh air an hour or so before heading to bed. Take your time getting ready to lay down. Maybe take a little time for a cup of tea and a chapter or two of a book you want to read. Just taking your time back in the morning and evening can go a long way toward building a better mindset and bringing you happiness.
It's easy for housework to pile up and get overwhelming. Streamline your chores by designating tasks to family members and creating a schedule to get tasks done. Having children help out around the house not only helps free up your time, but is important for them to learn responsibility as well as how to care for themselves and their possessions. Scheduling tasks to be completed on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis will prevent clutter from piling up and ensures that your home is a well-oiled machine. Create a schedule that works for you. For example, our trash day is Wednesday. On Tuesday evening, my son and I gather up the trash and recycling to push the bins out to the road. Every Monday, I wash all the bedding. On the first of every month, I run cycles of vinegar through my coffee pot and diffusers, wash the little carpets in everyone's room, and then I run a self-clean cycle on the washer. The trick is finding what works best for your family and setting the schedule accordingly.
If you don't already have a budget, now is the time to create one. Knowing where your money is going every month and staying on top of bills are important. It's easier than ever to keep track with online and mobile banking options. It's a good idea to take a look at subscriptions and streaming services you pay for as well. They add up quickly and it might be surprising to see how much money you're shelling out every month for services you may not be using.
Pay attention to your thoughts. How you speak to yourself matters and affects how you approach others and life itself. One way to improve your mindset is by practicing gratitude. Take time to appreciate the simple things in life, like a beautiful sunrise or a delicious cup of coffee. Learn how to stop negative and toxic thoughts in their tracks, replacing them with more helpful ideas. Challenges in life are inevitable, but you always have control over your attitude, actions, and reactions. Take time to slow down, stare up at the clouds or the stars in the night sky. Put life on Earth in perspective. Compared to the Universe, we are but a speck of dust. Tomorrow is never guaranteed. Enjoy what little time you have to be alive, to love, and to do the activities that make you happy.
© 2022 Alyssa