How to uncomplicate life is one of the most important learning tools for silver sages (seniors) to use in order to successfully adapt to their full time job of aging.
Life works best if the involvement and pace are kept at a stride to fulfill simplicity as a key goal. Avoiding unnecessary complications became a goal in my life when I had to adjust to not working outside the house anymore. I expected a slow paced life without the lifelong pressures from work. Then I discovered the pressures of aging and life style changes cause new kinds of stresses to overcome.
Simplicity brings motivation, balance, freedom and joy to allow focusing on one thing at a time. No matter what you express as your chronological age, consider where you can eliminate distractions to be able to focus on the essentials.
Six Ways to K I S S – be a Keenly Inspired Silver Sage
1 Unclutter everything
Donate clothing that no longer fits and items you won’t ever wear again.
Eliminate extra furniture which acts as an obstacle to navigating around the house.
Recycle magazines, newspapers and periodicals which are over 2 months old.
Dispose of expired medications, food and toiletries.
Keep important mail in a handy small box or tray.
Reply or pay the bill within 7 days before the due date. Throw away the
original envelopes and advertisements.
2 Organize a simple system for house work by establishing routines
When dusting the living room furniture, also dust the window ledges and the lamps.
Keep only currently used items on your desk, in an organized manner.
Rinse off dishes and pile them in the sink until the end of the day when
you can wash all of them or load the dishwasher.
Have a place for everything and put everything in its special place.
Stop striving for perfection. Encourage yourself to be grateful for what
you have and who you are becoming.
3 Generate free time for yourself
Free up time for things you want to do.
Cut back on time wasters.
Be flexible to make schedule changes as needed.
Learn to say “no”.
Be creative. Do something new.
Concentrate on one task at a time. Procrastination can cause stress illnesses.
4 Reduce your Debt
Get out from under debt. Buy essentials with cash.
Pay off bills before buying anything new. Sacrifice luxury today to enjoy
freedom tomorrow. Financial freedom heals the body, mind and soul.
5 Do a relationship detox
Some people take up time and energy that could be put to better use.
Simplify life by keeping only the relationships which are mutually beneficial.
Cutting back on daily numerous contacts with everyone you know will ease the stress.
6 Take care of your body
Eat healthy foods, drink at least five glasses of water per day, create
a schedule to take medications and move off the couch.
Refill prescriptions and over the counter medications five days before
you run out.
Enjoy nature. Walk in the park, along the beach and around a flower garden.
When in doubt, ask yourself if this thing or activity or person
will allow you to maintain a focused, inspired life.
Be honest with yourself. No, means NO!
Be a Keenly Inspired Silver Sage