Posts tagged Simple living
Simplify your exercise routine [simple is better, after all]

Your journey to fitness can be a simple stroll, it doesn’t have to be a sprint unless you want it to be. That is the whole point – to not lose sight of yourself. To not get caught up in this process to such an extent that it takes over your life. The point of exercising, other than working on your idea of the perfect physique, is to clear your head and enjoy the rush of dopamine and endorphins. Anti-depressants at their best. If you focus and fixate on the bells and whistles you forget that you are doing this for your own best will. Not to make the brands piles of cash.

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Minimise anxiety: Exercise is self-care with an increased heart rate. Take care of your body, take care of yourself.

Studies have found that exercise can combat depression more effectively than either antidepressants, taken alone or combined with exercise. Getting our bodies moving is not only good for your body, but for your mind as well.

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Minimise toxins: Natural treatments for muscle pain, inflammation, joint stiffness and swelling

Since my arthritis diagnosis I have tried a few different things, some with big success. Other with not so much. The natural treatment that works the best? Essential oils. But before I go into the different oils and their uses, let’s first take a look at muscle pain and body soreness in general.

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Going zero waste is not going to save the planet

I have been on this zero waste journey for a while now, and although I have had a few major setbacks, I have managed to overcome most of the challenges. We waste less, although not even close to zero. And when we do have waste, we are more conscious of it and try to dispose of it in the most responsible way. That being said, I will never pat myself on the back that I am saving the planet, one plastic-less day at a time. I am not naïve, and I can see the damage that has already been done and that we are continuingly doing.  And unfortunately merely going zero waste will not solve the problem.

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Capsule wardrobe: Minimise your wardrobe without minimising your style

Having a capsule wardrobe does not mean that you have to change your personal style - it gives you even more freedom to be YOU!

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My favourite zero waste bloggers {South Africa}

Although Zero Waste is not a new concept, it is yet to take off in South Africa. We have a few ambassadors, and people who have taken to the movement like a fish in plastic-filled water. But there is room for a lot of improvement. We are trying to make our own mark, and to live our best life and in such a way lead by example. But that is not possible without a bit of inspiration and motivation, and for that I like to follow like-minded individuals. So I read other people’s blogs and posts and follow them in their daily lives. If you would like to do the same, here is my list of the best zero waste bloggers in South Africa

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Have a zero waste Mother's Day without having to sacrifice Mom feeling extra special

Mother’s Day is coming up fast, and with that the endless questions of what to buy, what to do for Mom that will make her feel special and appreciated, what to cook, etc. If you are planning on spoiling Mom this Mother’s Day, then here are our ideas on how to do it well, without creating unwanted and unnecessary waste.

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Minimise toxins: Salicylate sensitivity or intolerance and essential oils

Someone close to me came to me with a problem, and a request to find a solution, or at least a suggestion. She has a salicylate sensitivity, which makes simply using “normal” things like food and medicine and beauty products a bit of a challenge. With winter approaching, she wants to support her immune system but are unsure of how to go about this. Some of the more conventional natural treatments, such as certain foods, that are normally pushed to be immune boosting, are out of bounds for her. Their levels of salicylates are too high. So the question was: which essential oils can she use, safely, that will still be effective in helping to keep her and her family healthy during the winter months.

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Intentional and mindful gifting [Shameless punting of our new online shop]

Living intentionally and mindfully becomes easy once you realise that life is less about doing and more about being. And the real joy comes in when we are able to share this realisation with those closest to us. One of the easiest ways of sharing, or introducing, your new way of living is through the gifts you give. Giving someone a gift presents the opportunity of giving them something they need (even if they do not know it yet) and dressing it up in a special way.

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Hosting a zero waste bridal shower – leaving a positive impact on the earth while celebrating - yes it is possible!

Someone close to you is getting married, and you have the honour of planning the bridal shower. Yeah! Or is it? You really want it to be special, but cringe at the idea of having to chuck bags and bags full of waste at the end of the day, never mind the single-use plastic utensils and décor that usually take center stage at such events. We also cringe at the idea, so let us help you with a few suggestions so that you can attempt to host a zero waste bridal shower.

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How to become a minimalist in 10 easy steps

Anybody can become a minimalist. It is not about the amount of things you own - you can be a minimalist if you have more than 4 forks and 2 sheets. You can live a minimal life even if your entire life, and all your possessions, doesn’t fit into a backpack. Kuddos to you if it does! I will need a MUCH bigger backpack. My life is full. Not really full of stuff, but full of life, laughter, hard work and lots of memories. And my stuff is the road that leads me to these things. So if you feel less than, please stop!

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Simplify your life: Become part of the 5 am club - own your mornings, elevate your life! [Robin Sharma]

I strongly believe that having a morning routine is essential to ensuring productivity, and is monumental in your journey to success. The mornings are your time to start the day fresh, new, and on your own terms. If the morning flows smoothly, it gives you momentum and energy to tackle the rest of your day. Start strong, finish strong!

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Why kids do not need that many toys - do them a favour and minimise!

Growing up, my 2 brothers and I had a few selected toys. I cannot even remember what they were other than my favourite teddy bear, and a bike. I remember riding around the farm, chasing the chickens, sneaking up on the cows, running through the cornfields (and itching like crazy afterwards). We played until it got dark, and woke up the moment the sun peaked out. The days were long but we were never bored. Even when we moved to the city, we still had our bikes. No computers, very limited television. We had ourselves and our imaginations and that was more than enough. Looking at my girls’ toys I wondered what went wrong. When did I forget my childhood and the joy we had? Enough. That was my decision. I wanted them to also experience the satisfaction in creating their own fantasy world, and know within my heart of hearts that it is their toys that are keeping them back. So I started to quietly and sneakily remove toys. These were donated to children’s homes, re-gifted, or simply thrown away in the case of the broken ones. Here and there they have asked for something that is now gone, but after fake-searching for a few minutes they forget about it and find something else to play with. Usually from the kitchen.

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Why perfection increases anxiety, making it the number one enemy of a simple and satisfying life

I am by nature an anxious person. I come from a long line of worriers, and we tend to blow things out of proportion and then freak out because we cannot handle it. Yeah I know, and I am human-enough to admit it. I feel sorry for my husband, and try to hide it from my kids as I do not want to intentionally pass this on to them. I also have insignificant things that bother me, so badly that I cannot really function or pay attention to anything else until it has been fixed. For example, the volume of the radio or television need to be at specific intervals. You cannot have the volume on 11 or 9, it needs to be on 8 or 12 or 15. I don’t care if you cannot hear or if it is too loud, that is where it needs to be. Open cupboard doors. Just close them! Want me off the rails? Have a door bang, or a tap drip, or a window repeatedly creak. You will drive me nuts. I will not label myself as having an anxiety disorder, merely out of fear that the general public will associate people with a few quirks like mine with a severe mental disorder. Yes I do have mild anxiety, but there are people out there who desperately need your help and support, and they need the actual attention.

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Simplify your life: Make meal planning your next big project, and then part of your weekly routine [free printable]

Meal planning is the art of planning, shopping, prepping and executing your meals as if on automation. It takes the stress out of the planning, and the overwhelm out of feeding your family well. Definitely one of the cornerstones of simplifying your life

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Simplify your life: Mess leads to stress so declutter today! [free mini course]

I love the saying mess causes stress. It is definitely true in my life – the messier and chaotic my surroundings, the messier and chaotic my mind. I get anxious when I am surrounded by unorganized untidiness, and even more so when that untidy area is what is supposed to be my safe space – my home. Although clutter has not formally been recognized as a known stressor, the link between a cluttered home and increased levels of cortisol has scientifically been shown, and I am sure many of my readers will agree. Stress is definitely amplified by mess as clutter overloads your senses, just like multitasking overloads your brain.

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How intentionally minimising will lead to a mindful life, which is the ultimate aim

By practising minimalism and owning less, we are able to simplify our lives. This, in turn, creates the time and space needed to become more mindful. Allowing us to be present in the moment. By focusing on being mindful and present, we become more intentional about what takes up our time and space.  And that is what it is all about – intention.

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Simplify your life: Life hacks to automate your responsibilities and duties, to make your life easier

In my quest for the simple life, I have removed so much from my life that whatever is left can be considered really important. Even life-affirmingly important. Unfortunately, there are still a few things left that, although important, are not that important that I want to spend my decision-making powers on it. Things like paying bills, deciding what is for dinner, and remembering who has their birthday when. Fortunately, there is an easy way to deal with many of these small “annoyances” and errands – automate!

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