Tips for Getting Back on the Simple-Living Wagon: When Simple Living Falls by the Wayside

We all begin the year with the best of intentions…we write them down, we say them out loud, do a little jig and try our best…for a while. And then as the year really gets going we get busy, we get hurried, and we begin to let well-meaning intentions fall to the wayside…

I know I go through periods of being really aligned with my intentions, and times when I’ve definitely fallen off the wagon. So from someone who has had to get back on the wagon many a time.. I’ve collected some tips over the years for realigning with your intentions and getting back on the simple path. And I wanted to share them with you along with some questions to help prompt you to think about your own intentions…

Tips for Getting Back on the Simple-Living Wagon

The first thing we have to do is to really be honest with ourselves. Simple living is hard and it’s okay that sometimes we get distracted…

Take a moment to tell yourself it’s okay…

and take a deep, cleansing breath…

Now that you’ve been honest with yourself, set some intentions to help remember your purpose in living this lifestyle. I am a big believer in journaling and in the power of putting pen to paper when it comes to setting intentions.

Some questions to ask yourself as you write:

Why am I drawn to this lifestyle?

What inspires me to continue to try and live simply?

What things have I done in the past that have helped me align with simple living? Have I been doing those things lately or have I stopped?

What things in my life currently are taking away from my ability to slow down and be intentional? Or find hygge?

Are there things in my life that are causing stress that I could decrease or eliminate? Have I committed to too many things?

Getting back to the basics and making sure that you aren’t spreading yourself too thin will help you to get back to what’s important…and have the energy to focus on your intentions.

In addition to answering these questions for yourself, taking control of your daily habits can make all the difference in being more intentional…

Ask yourself, how can I slow down or be intentional in little bits throughout my day?

Maybe a couple minutes journaling…

Or taking the time to just be, instead of pulling out your phone during any lag or down time…

You may also look at your mornings and evenings…

Even if you just make a goal to embrace simple living in the morning (by sitting down at the kitchen table to eat a quiet breakfast, or taking a moment to be still before rushing off to work) it will make a big difference in getting you back on the simple path…

Or taking a moment to tune out in the evening…doing something without technology, can help to slow us down and end our day with a more intentional mindset.

Do you feel like you’ve ever fallen off of the simple living wagon? How do you realign with your intentions? What intentions do you set for yourself in regards to simple living?

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