Living can be hard. That sounds strange, but it is true. Especially in today’s day and age, there are so many opportunities to become distracted and have your time be filled with complex feelings and situations. It is as if as time goes on, the world becomes a more complicated and upsetting place. As morbid as it sounds, I know a lot of you share similar feelings. Modern day habits has made things far more complicated than they need to be. Living in a fast passed, materialistic age is bound to stir up stressful feelings and cause you to be unsatisfied with the life you have been blessed with. If your daily life leaves you feeling unsatisfied, read more to find out which daily habits could be hurting your happiness.
Overusing social media
Social media is such a double edged sword. On one hand, it is a great platform to use in order to stay connected with people (friends, family, celebrities) that you otherwise would not connect with on a regular basis. On the other hand it is an incredibly toxic tool that makes people feel miserable as they compare their life to the lives around them. I believe that social media has some benefits- I have found a lot of inspiration using social media- however, it is very easy to become addicted to it and to fall down the rabbit hole of comparing yourself to others. I truly believe that I would be more happy and satisfied with my life and my belongings if I did not use social media so frequently. Do yourself a favor and close the app. When you engage more with your real life, you may find that you aren’t doing as badly as you thought. On the flip side, you may find that aspects of your life are not at all what you want them to be. Only once you can identify these things, can you change them. If you constantly have your nose in other people’s lives you will not have the energy to focus and adjust your own.
Holding on to toxic relationships
If you have people in your life who make you feel stressed and anxious and insecure, you will have trouble being happy. It does not matter if it is a family member, a long time friend, a coworker, or someone you have been conditioned to “tolerate.” Do not tolerate people who drain your energy and make you feel bad about yourself. While some people may be hard to cut out of your life completely, consider limiting your time with them. This could mean spending more time outside of the house if you live with toxic parents. Or it could mean eating lunch out of the office if you have a toxic coworker who always try to spend time with you. This may be awkward at first, but in the end you will find that you will be much happier.
Thinking about the past
Living in the present moment allows you to practice better gratitude and ease anxiety. How many times have you looked back at the past and cringed or felt like a failure? Remind yourself to be in the now and do not dwell on experiences that are negative or that caused you pain. The person you were 10 minutes ago is not who you are in this present moment. Allow yourself to evolve and forgive yourself for your past. This will give you peace and free you from the situations that no longer exist.
Thinking about the future
Most of the things we are anxious for are things that are in the future. If you relieve yourself from worrying about the future, you will be happier and healthier. Most of the time, thinking about the future is nothing but anxiety. You will work yourself up until you feel completely depressed. When you find yourself feeling anxious about the future or some hypothetical situation that may never happen, ask yourself “is there anything wrong in this present moment?” 9 out of 10 times you will find that the present moment is free from stress, the only thing causing stress is your mindset.
Holding on to unnecessary clutter
Clutter is one of those sneaky things that have a way of draining your energy and making you feel stressed out. If you are constantly tripping over your things or struggling to find things that need because everything is everywhere, you will quickly find yourself very stressed out. Last night I found myself very stressed about my closet space because about a year ago I moved into a smaller space and now have a smaller closet. It may seem trivial, but I love fashion and not having the space to see my all my clothes made me feel like I could not express myself in the way that I like. Before I went to bed I set the intention to figure out a way to make more room for my things. When I woke up this morning my sister started the day telling me that she is so happy that she rearranged her clothes in a way that maximized her space. I could not believe that I found a solution as soon as I put my request out there! I spent a couple hours rearranging and putting clothes away and now I feel so much happier and less restricted. It feels so good to see my clothes and have room to really move around my space.
Fortunately, we are not doomed (yay), there are various daily habits that you can implement that will allow you to declutter your life and have a more clear mind and less complicated life. Which one of these habits will you implement?
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