For those of you who have an overflowing work schedule and find it difficult to unwind, this article will help you loosen up and make time for the most important things in your life like family, friends, having fun and being satisfied at the end of the day by building and maintaining a deep and fulfilling relationship with yourself.

Rediscover yourself with more freedom, joy, and peace by following these tips:

  1. Hop off the roller coaster ride

You don’t have to stay on the crazy roller-coaster anymore, your choice to step off and start in the right decision is all it takes. But don’t go overboard by making huge changes in your life; start slow and make small decisions like meditating or praying, clearing up your schedule and maybe taking a short vacation.

2. Show some Gratitude

Practicing the ‘Attitude of Gratitude’ every now and then will not only help you feel more sanguine but will also help you generate innovative solutions to your problems by helping you realize all the things should be grateful for.

3. Spend time with yourself

Even though it sounds inane, almost all influential people take out time to introspect and contemplate about life. Savor what you have in this moment as it will refresh your mind and spirit by allowing you to step back and look at the bigger picture.

4. Watch your expenses

If you haven’t already learnt that from the famous proverb “Bad money drives out good” then it is about time you got down to it and started watching your expenses because the way you spend your money reveals your true personality. Cutting down on your expenses doesn’t mean you have to become parsimonious, it simply means that you stop running behind all the things money can buy and instead enjoy the things in life money can’t buy like spending time with friends and family, making memories and being content.

5. Make wise decisions

Cultivate the habit of making wise decisions because they help you achieve what you really want and not something you decided to do in the spur of the moment. Take off time when you have to make important decisions, do the paperwork and most importantly, do it with the right mindset.

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6. Get rid of emotional clutter

Be brave and clear out the emotional clutter because this is what is holding you back and you are definitely not getting ahead with that kind of weight on your shoulders, constantly weighing you down and leaving you feeling enervated.

7. Be Benevolent

Be generous, be kind, learn to give more and take less, learn to share with others and loosen up in life. The more you give, the more you will receive. Adopt the spirit of generosity and part with the things you no longer need so that people who actually need them can benefit from them.

8. Value yourself

Life is so much better when you learn to value yourself. Rather than criticizing and undermining yourself, remind yourself of who you are and where you came from.

9. Be Wise

You may be smart as a whip and have a string of degrees but that doesn’t necessarily make you wise. Wisdom comes with age and experience and helps you breeze through the harsh phases of life.

10. Nourish your Body and Soul

Take time to do the usual things like sipping a cup of coffee or eating food, let your mind relax and unwind and then feel the difference. You will find yourself basking in the glory of your success. Give the care your body and soul deserves, include activities like Yoga and meditation to help you rejuvenate.

11. Appreciate the little things in life

The smell of freshly brewed coffee, a warm hug or a quick kiss before you are off to work, the pretty rose bud that sits proudly in your vase, a benign smile and a cheerful hello from a stranger, the sound of birds chirping- appreciate each gift of life and enjoy it as these small things always add up to something bigger and make life worth living.

12. Style vs Fashion

Style is about who you are and being comfortable in your own skin, it is the way you approach life as a grown up while Fashion is the miniskirt you flaunted in high school. While the former is all about simplicity and has a timeless appeal to it, the latter is all about following the trends. Concentrate on what you are and dress according to what you like and what you think brings out the best in you. Be a black sheep in the crowd and own that style with your confidence.

13. Learn to Rejoice

Kick up your heels and hit the club for a round of shots or throw on a bag-pack over your shoulders and go for an unplanned trek, if that’s what you’re into, the point is: surprise yourself, enjoy yourself without any restraints. Do things that you love and lift your spirits as they will help you restore the balance in life.

14. Educate yourself

Widen your horizons by committing yourself to lifelong learning. Education is a virtue and continues to pay off long after the class is over. Don’t be stuck in a rut and challenge yourself by taking up classes or workshops in any field of interest. You will be richer in understanding for every second invested because education helps you make finer choices as you work towards creating a simpler and more fulfilling life.

15. Practice Patience

Patience is a key element of success and the companion of wisdom, it can help you reach for the stars and therefore it is that essential skill in life that you must learn to nurture. By doing so, you will be able to let go of things outside your control, and live with less frustration, anxiety and stress.

16. Exercise

Enjoy the boost a simple walk gives you or the high you get after a session of gym. Exercise not only because it helps you stay in shape but also because you feel more invigorated, helps you think more clearly and have a greater zest for life.

17. Clean up your space

Cleaning your space will not only help you restore order in your life but also helps you keep your keep track of thoughts. Things run more smoothly when the atmosphere is light and the tabletops are gleaming and solidly in apple-pie order in its right place.

18. Redecorate

Declutter and redecorate your space with things that suit your style; get rid of things you no longer find appealing and make space for things you actually need and love. You will step back and breathe a sigh of relief in the pristine order and beauty you have created.

19. Prioritise

You know you want to reshape your schedule so you shoot for the moon and end up being disappointed. Make miniscule changes rather than making enormous ones and see the difference. Before you can know what changes to make in life, realize the reasons behind them and where you want them to take you.

20. Master the art of Forgiving

Most people find it hard to forgive but those who master this skill, generally tend to be more content and tend to live a lighter, simpler and a better life than those who prefer to hold on to grudges.

21. Ask Yourself

Lastly, you must always ask yourself if what you are about to do will simplify your life or not. If the answer is no, then it’s time to reconsider.

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