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We find ourselves being so busy nowadays. The feeling of busyness has consumed our life to the point where we are yearning for a simple life, a quiet life.
The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulates the creative mind - Albert Einstein
It's so easy to get distracted by all of the noise that surrounds us and an endless list of demands pulling us in different directions.
How can you lean more towards a quiet lifestyle?
What Does it Mean to Live a Quiet Life
A quiet life can be envisioned differently by different people.
A quiet life can be defined as living with simplicity and living with less.
This could mean less distractions, less people, less clutter, less noise, etc.
Perhaps for some, a quiet life means:
Not Keeping Up With the Joneses
Forgetting about what your neighbor or friends have or trying to keep up with them. Being content with what you have.
Keeping a small and close circle of friends
Filtering out who is important to you, and the role a person plays in your life.
Having a home by the countryside
There’s something about being connected to nature and surrounded by natural beauty that tends to brighten our moods.
Avoid being involved in other peoples problems
Try not to get involved in unnecessary drama and try not to take other people’s problems on as your own.
Taking time away from social media
Spending time away from social media takes you away from the distractions of the digital world where you can focus more on the present.
Not overthinking things
A calm mind is a quiet mind. It’s easy to get wrapped up in our thoughts, but try not to be consumed by them.
How to Live a Quiet Life
1. Find Your Why
Why do you want to live a quiet life? Make a list of reasons why a quiet life is appealing to you.
It could be that you live in a noisy city and want to experience a calmer lifestyle or it could be that you find yourself spending too much time on social media and want to be more focused on in the present moment.
Discovering the reasons behind your desire to live a quiet life is the first step.
2. Filter Out Your Distractions
Distractions have the power to prevent us from focusing on what matters.
We live in a world consumed by technology, demands, and options- it doesn’t take much to lose focus on the task at hand.
Take a moment to ask yourself...
Why am I distracted and where are these distractions coming from?
What effects do these distractions have on me?
Are these distractions preventing me from living how I truly want?
Next, write down a list of common distractions that you find yourself constantly giving into. Place them in different categories based on their importance.
Are they healthy distractions?
Are they consuming too much of your time?
Write a list of things you would like to focus on if the un-important distractions weren’t present. Do you see yourself accomplishing more?
A quiet lifestyle doesn’t mean you are completely free from all distractions, but that you have the ability to limit them, resulting in a quiet life.
3. Choose Who Matters
Out of all the distractions that consume us in our lives, people can sometimes be the most distracting of them all.
Do you have a coworker who is constantly complaining?
Do you have a negative friend who is constantly bringing you down?
Do you come across someone on social media who says the most horrific thing?
Take a moment to reflect on who really matters in your life.
Do they add value to your life?
Are they there for you when you need them?
Do you feel happy when they are around?
Living a quiet lifestyle means surrounding yourself with quality, not quantity.
Valuable relationships add to your life and help you to feel fulfilled.
If you find yourself associating with many acquaintances and not true friends, a quiet lifestyle can help you to focus on those relationships that matter.
4. Take A Break From Social Media
Social media can be one of our biggest and time-consuming spaces we dwell in daily.
If you find yourself scrolling mindlessly through social media without any real direction, it could be time to set it aside for another day or time.
A quiet life can be achieved with the presence of social media, but by using it with intention.
For example, do you use social media to:
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