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Tips for a Balanced and Simple Life

(And the Book That Can Help You Get It)

Too much of a good thing is just as bad as suffering many bad things. What we all strive for (or should be striving for) is a balance in life. You take the good and you take the bad, and they are all things you easily get through and come out better on the other side. Too much work means less time at home. Too much TV and computer time means less time with real people and in the outdoors. Too much fatty and sugar-filled food means less energy, while more fitness and healthy foods mean more energy.

Balancing all of the things in your life will help you get more done, feel better about yourself, and it will also help you be happier and more positive. When you’re not overworking yourself or busy beating yourself up over missing a workout you’ll have more time to be happy with your accomplishments. Here are some things that will help you live a simpler and more balanced life, along with a book that covers these ideas in more depth that’s worth purchasing.

Buy Less (And Use What You Have)

Balancing your life means more than just balancing work and home life, although that is an important step in finding happiness. It’s also about balancing your usage of things. Spend less money, bring fewer things into your home, and make sure you are using what you have. When you do need to shop for stuff, consider going to thrift stores and buying used. This way you are putting more money into your local economy but not bringing more new textiles into your home that will wear out soon anyway.

Throw away less stuff. Start composting to cut down on garbage. You can even invest in under-the-sink composters so you aren’t in need of a large yard to do something good for the environment. Cut down on the electric you’re using, keep your furnace and air conditioner regulated, and consider spending more time outside instead of glued to technology.

Let in the light.

If you have a small space you can make it look bigger with the right amount of light. During the winter (at least where I live) the days are darker, which means moods get glummer. Adding more light can help balance your mood. To make a room look larger, paint the walls white or even a light shade of yellow. Make sure there is ample lighting, but to keep things balanced, consider lighting that has a dimming option.

Be healthier.

Make the smarter meal and snacking choices. You don’t have to cut out sweets, but learn to eat them in moderation. Live by the rule that too much of anything is bad for you and eat balanced meals. Try smaller meals throughout the day instead of the normal three large meals. A balanced diet is one great way to balance your weight! Plus, the healthier you eat the less money you’ll spend on food when you quit stocking your cupboard with snacks.

Live Lagom (It’s a book too!)

To live Lagom is to live in balance, and it’s a Swedish thing that is currently sweeping the nation. Live Lagom is a book by Anna Brones that is simple and beautiful, and exceptionally Lagom. What I enjoyed most about this book is that it has all of these structures for balancing your life within one small tome.

If you want to live a more balanced life, at home or in the office, this book is full of tips that will help you find harmony in your life. It even has some delicious recipes within the pages, perfect for testing some Swedish cuisine. It’s a must-have book if you want a balanced life and you feel like you need a guide to get you on the right path.

Live Lagom

Live Lagom by Anna Brones |
An inviting exploration of "the new hygge": the Swedish concept of lagom--finding balance in moderation--featuring inspiration and practical advice on how to find a happy medium in life, home, work, and...
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