How to Live a Simpler, Stress-Free Lifestyle in 4 Ways

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You work too hard — you get home, collapse on your bed, and you hardly have time for anything else. Not for yourself, not even for your loved ones.

This is probably not what you picture your life to be 10 or 15 years ago. You pictured yourself reclining on the beach, sipping a pina colada, holding hands with your beautiful wife, and watching your kids build sand castles. How different reality is.

It’s not too late, though. You can still have that relaxed, simple, safe, and satisfying life. That is if you are prepared to make some changes to your lifestyle and your frame of mind. Here are some suggestions to add some Zen into your stressful, unfulfilling life:

The Rules are Simple

They truly are. First, you decide what matters most to you. Second, you decide to get rid of the rest. By making this your mantra, you can drop everything that causes you grief and stress and start living the life you’ve always wanted.

Follow the Rules

This is where it gets a bit more complicated. Action is more difficult than words after all. But you have to act if you want to get out of the rut you’re in right now.

Grab a pen and paper and list the things you would like to keep — savings, a good home, one car or one each for you and your wife, and wills and trusts to protect your family if anything should happen to you. and other experts recommend getting down to the details. Whatever doesn’t make it on your list is supposed to go. Either you give them away or sell them. You won’t believe how much clutter you have, and how much these can weigh you down until you’ve gotten rid of them.

Quit Your Job

This doesn’t mean throwing caution to the wind and just walking out of your place of work. If the job is what is causing you high levels of stress, you have to start looking for a job that will help you change your life for the better.

You might be worried about the pay cut, but if you are keen on living a simpler and less stressful life, you have to change how you view money and how you save it. If you have enough savings, you might be able to start your own small business or start working freelance from home.

These solve two things at the same time, giving you more work-life balance and less stress. Before you do this, however, pay off as much debt as you can.

Get Everyone on Board

Now, before you do all of these things, it’s important to get your family’s support. Without it, you might end up becoming miserable. Your family will understand your decision only if you explain it to them properly. They will support you because you matter to them more than anything you can give them. But don’t go behind their backs and just announce one day that you’ve decided to alter your way of life.

It’s not impossible to make your dream of a simpler, more satisfying life come true. You just need the strength of a will and a plan.