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 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: Self-care is essential to lead a simple life [Habits of well-being]

Society puts so much pressure on us to succeed. Add to that obsessive, competitive personalities and additional pressure to be the best mother/daughter/partner/businesswomen/friend/etc. and you have a recipe for disaster. So often we don’t even notice that we are running at full steam, without ever taking a break to recharge. From the outside it looks as if we have it all together – a thriving career, obedient well-rounded kids, a loving relationship, a clean house. But on the inside we are slowly dying of exhaustion. Of course, most of the goals that we are killing ourselves to meet were set by us ourselves, and only we will know if we do not reach them. But still, we allow the pressure to steal our time. Time that is also meant to be enough to take care of ourselves.

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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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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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Simplify your life: decrease your anxiety levels and simplify your life by making budgeting your new best friend

A budget does not control your spending, it simply reminds you to work with your money intentionally. If you want to simplify your life, lower your stress, sort out your anxiety and make life just easier in general, then start budgeting. Having a concrete plan means you do not have to mentally track every financial transaction, freeing up that mental space to rather deal with more pressing matters. Even if you can list “good with money” as one of your top skills, you can still improve your life by creating a monthly budget.

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DECREASE YOUR ANXIETY BY SIMPLIFYING YOUR LIFE: Capsule wardrobe - the productivity secret of many over-achievers [Printable]

Simplify your life, decrease your anxiety and increase your productivity by changing small things. Change your cupboard to a capsule wardrobe - by automating getting dressed, you free up mind and cognitive abilities to rather focus on the more important things. My guide to planning and executing a core capsule, with seasonal items added as the year rolls around

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Decrease anxiety by simplifying your life: For increased productivity and focus become a single-tasker & forget multitasking

Want improved productivity, decreased anxiety, and more time? Then stop multitasking and rather single-task. Another easy way to help you live a simpler life.

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Decrease your anxiety by simplifying your life: Create daily routines to change your life today

Routines are those daily habits, those things that you do exactly the same, at the same time, on the same days. Routine makes kids feel safe, and as an adult, you will notice they have the power to calm and ground you. Knowing what to expect, and preparing for it in advance, takes the surprise (and exhaustion that goes with it) out of your day, freeing up your mind and energy to focus on the things that matter.

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Can simple be minimal, and minimal be simple?

Although one could consider these two concepts two sides of the same coin, they are definitely not the same. If taken literally, they are not even similar. Simplicity implies to remove or reduce complexity, while minimalism implies removing or reducing quantity. Sometimes the two can link or contribute to the success of the other, but it is not always the case. To me, minimalism deals with my possessions, while simplicity deals with my thoughts and emotions. That is what attracted me to the simple life – the chance to remove complexity from my thought processes in order to free up brain-space to focus on other things. Let me explain.

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Simplify your life - Capsule wardrobe: My summer capsule wardrobe

A while ago I told you about my newest obsession - capsule wardrobes. I shared with you both my kids’ capsule wardrobes for winter, and my own core capsule. Today I want to show you my summer capsule.

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Simplify your life - Natural pain relief that are worth looking into - I don't mind being the guinea pig! [not a doctor!]

I was diagnosed with arthritis about 6 months ago. My preliminary tests indicated Rheumatoid, but my rheumatologist was not entirely convinced. Maybe osteo, maybe oligo, or any of the other arthritis variations. He also considered fibromyalgia, but before he could make a definite diagnosis I stopped going to him. I was tired of being prodded and poked and just getting more and more pills while nothing else really changed. That really riled me - why is healthcare only defined by the medication that you can be prescribed? Why do our medical practitioners (most of them in any case) not consider other factors? And then recommend a holistic approach? Do the medical community not understand that inflammation is caused by something that irritates the immune system, and that SOMETHING can be anything from physical activity to food allergens.

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Simplify your life - Anxiety and perfection - Why the one exaggerates the other, and how perfection is the enemy of progress [Habits of well-being]

The dictionary defines perfection as: “the action or process of improving something until it is faultless”. What the dictionary doesn’t add is that perfection, or the search for perfection, can lead to anxiety and even depression.

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Simplify your life - Natural treatment: Children with asthma - sucking the breath out of your childhood

A1 never gave us even a slight worry that she might have asthma. No niggling cough or wheezing chest. With A2 this was another story. She got chest infections easily. Her coughing never stopped, most days getting so bad that she would vomit. Her chest was graggy and made a faint wheeze when she breathed. She had her first proper attack just shy of 18months. Shortly after another. And another.  We ended up in ER with her with blood oxygen levels of 72 where it is supposed to be 95. After this episode, her paediatrician "diagnosed" her. I say "diagnosed" because before the age of 5 any medical opinion is given solely on the grounds of observation and medical history. After 5, or as soon as the child can follow more complex instructions, a breathing test can be done for a formal diagnosis.

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Simple and minimalistic kids - Why kids do not need toys [why we are throwing most of our kids' toys out]

We have thrown out most of our kids’ toys, and packed away the rest. I couldn’t handle an untidy house anymore and the kids didn’t play with the toys in anyway. Then I came across a research study done recently and it sealed the deal. The study found that kids with fewer toys have longer attention spans, are able to engage in more imaginative and creative play and are also more prone to share with other kids. Mommy win for me!

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Simplify your life - Being positive is the best self-care and self-love you can do for yourself [Habits of well-being]

Even the storm can be beautiful if you remind yourself that it also has to end. Everything has a beginning, and everything has an end. We just have to hold out until then. I strongly believe that what you visualize will happen, so thinking positive makes absolute sense to me. It makes me happier, more content, more productive and creative, just all-in-all a better person. And research agrees with me!

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