Finding Harmony in Your Every Day Life

Finding Harmony in Your Every Day Life

Life can be turbulent and stressful at the best of times, and these days, it’s not exactly uncommon for people to feel as though they are being swept off their feet more or less 24-hours a day, and seven days a week. If you’re desperate to regain a sense of balance and finding harmony is a priority, it’s important that you actually make some changes that can lead you away from the constant feeling of being overwhelmed.

So, here are a few tips for finding harmony in your everyday life.

Finding Harmony By Eliminating Negative Habits

Often, when we are stressed, we will turn to unhealthy “bad habits” as a way of helping to curb the negative feelings, and to “calm ourselves down.”

Of course, if you are turning to habits such as drinking or smoking in order to regain a sense of balance, you are deluding yourself – because the short-term feeling of “relief” that you get is always going to be fleeting. This short-term gain will come with various harmful side-effects that will ultimately leave you feeling pretty awful, down the line.

Consider swapping out some negative habits with more positive relaxation techniques. 

That could mean something as straightforward as switching out your smoking habit for a temporary vaping habit courtesy of Vsavi equipment.

In the longer term, though, look into the benefits of regular exercise, holistic routines such as yoga, and walks in nature – things that have been consistently proven to aid relaxation, in addition to various other benefits.

Finding Harmony: Filter Out The Ever-Present Noise

Life is really noisy today, which is a major source of the stress and turmoil that we all typically feel on an everyday basis. It is certainly something that I struggle with from time to time, hence my determination to reduce digital noise especially. According to the famous Norwegian explorer, Erling Kagge, one thing that the modern world really lacks is opportunities for “silence”, by which he doesn’t just mean “a lack of sound.”

The kind of “Silence” that Kagge is referring to includes things like shutting off the stream of information and distraction that comes from scrolling through social media on your smartphone, for example.

When you allow yourself opportunities for daily silence and stillness, your thoughts can get an opportunity to calm down, and you can free yourself from the constant sense of panic that comes with always having to consider and deal with different forms of media and mental input, day and night.

Embrace Planning and Preparing in Advance

Stress massively expands when you are unprepared and have to try to scramble to deal with events “on the fly.”

Instead of constantly falling this way and that in order to try and get a handle on the latest drama that presents itself to you, work to plan and prepare everything in advance, as much as possible.

If you know that there is nothing to eat for breakfast, and you know that this might cause you to have a mini freak-out tomorrow morning and grab some unhealthy junk food on the way to work, take a bit of extra time in the evening to prepare yourself a nutritious meal, instead.

The less often you are caught by surprise, the more harmonious your life will feel. Finding harmony, peace and a good amount of quiet is key to a happier more balanced life.

Frugal Living 2019 – January Update #1

Frugal Living 2019 – January Update #1

Happy New Year! This is the beginning of a new series of blog posts on frugal living. We’ve always tried to avoid waste and save, and have to say, we’ve got pretty good at it. We could do better though. For us, the end result of our frugal living goal this year is to dump a lot more money in our savings and pensions and to enjoy a somewhat more simple life. Ditching plastic where we can is also on the cards, as is more recycling. We will be clearing the clutter and looking at ways to save and make more money to add to our various savings pots).

Here is my first proper 2019 frugal living update.

Grocery Spending

We spend too much money on food. I have some rather specific dietary needs however even including that, we overspend. This has been down mostly to a lack of planning on my part. Here’s what I’ve done/am doing to remedy this, and you can to if saving money on your grocery spending is a goal:
 
  • Move to a Cash Budget: Yes, if you withdraw your spending money in cash you are much more reluctant to part with it. I certainly am. I’ve stopped using the grocery account debit card wherever possible and withdraw only what I have budgeted for the week. Anything left over at the end of the week goes into savings.
  • Take Stock: Do you know what food you have in your house? I thought I did until I did a full inventory of my fridge, freezer and cupboards. I really do not need to buy any more pasta or chopped tomatoes! Using my stock list I created a weekly meal plan for this week.
  • Meal Plan: I’m using a fab diary my sister bought me for all things grocery related. I keep my stock lists in there, create my weekly meal plan from it, then write up a shopping list (which I plan to stick to!).
  • Shop Cheap: Aldi and Lidl are my friends. The local butcher can also save you a fortune. Some are put off using a butcher because prices are per weight and so on. If you say you want a pound and a half weight of mince, that’s fine. If you say you need three steaks but don’t want to spend more than £x, they can work with that too.
 

The Car

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Our car has been fab for years but in the past 6-7 months or so we’ve come to realise that it is time to let her go and trade her in for a newer (smaller) model. Smaller for fuel efficiency (ours is a 2.0l engine) and smaller because we live in a Victorian terraced street which means parking outside requires excellent timing and a shoe horn.
 
Once we’ve had her **fixed (an engine light has come on and she doesn’t like accelerating  – such a diva) we’re off to the dealership with her. We’ve had a quote for her and plan to trade her in and buy something a little cheaper (save the difference) but we’ll see what’s what on the day.
**We use a local mobile mechanic who is excellent at what he does and has years of experience under his belt. If you are local (Thirsk and surrounding) and want a recommendation, just ask!
 

Something Broke

Last year (September) I bought a halogen cooker. This is a tabletop cooker which replaces your oven and is cheaper to run. My mum has used them for years. I don’t know why it took me so long to get one. They are fantastic! Sadly, just after cooking our New Year Day lunch, the halogen gave up on me. I’ve contacted the company I bought it from and they’ve agreed that is must be faulty and that I need to return it for a refund. I’ll order a new one once that refund hits. The pain of this (other than being without my halogen) is that I have to find suitable packaging and a courier! Any recommendations on a cheap and easy to use courier service?
 

Switching Energy Supplier to Bulb

I moved us over to Bulb Energy 16 months ago and can honestly say that I have been over the moon with the savings and the service. Their commitment to renewable energy also ticks a big box for me. I earned £50 into my Bulb account when I joined as I used someone else’s referral link. A friend later joined through me using mine and we both received £50. If you want a quote (and want to use my referral link) start here: http://bit.ly/nickibulbreferral
 
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Frugal Living 2019

That’s pretty much where we are frugal living and savings wise. It’s only the 2nd January though so we’ve made a good start. Keep reading for further updates as we commit ourselves to spending less, saving more and altogether enjoy a more simple and frugal life.
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