6 Things to Give Up for a More Fulfilling LifeNone By Corinne Keating
If your life feels packed to the gills with responsibilities and commitments, you may be getting more stress than joy out of your busy schedule. There will always be things we have to get done—whether we like them or not!—but there’s much in your day that you are in control of. Just as you might declutter your house to breathe a little easier without being surrounded by stuff, sometimes the path to a more fulfilling life is found with less, not more.
Try giving up these five things to make space for what's truly important to you.
Give Up: Negative Thoughts
Sometimes it feels impossible to avoid negativity when something goes wrong. It’s natural to worry about a broken furnace or your job security, but if you find yourself dwelling on all the what-ifs and negativity in your life, you need to find a way to get off that train of thought.
Try training yourself to do something else when dark thoughts pop into your head. Your replacement activity should be complex enough to take your full concentration and distract you from your negative thinking, so try tackling a creative project or taking a mental shopping trip instead.
Give Up: Clothes That No Longer Fit
These outdated or wrong-size items don’t just take up valuable space in your closet; they also consume a lot of your emotional energy. If you’re keeping old clothes because you’ve promised yourself to get back into a smaller size, you’re also holding on to a loaded guilt gun every time you see these items.
Let them go. Give away anything you haven’t worn in a year, and you’ll feel good about helping someone less fortunate—while letting yourself off the hook from your closet guilt.
Give Up: Hitting the Snooze Button
If you’re always whacking away at your alarm to get just five more minutes of sleep, it’s probably killing your morning mood. Your sleep has already been interrupted anyway, and you’ll feel much better if you just get up and get started with your day.
If you take advantage of your newfound extra minutes in the morning, you could squeeze in an energizing workout or beat the traffic during your commute. You can also make that drive more productive by listening to podcasts or audiobooks, using a meditation app, or organizing your daily to-do list with Siri.
Give Up: Toxic Relationships
We all have that one frenemy who manages to make us feel worse after a so-called compli