5 signs you are living a spiritual life

If you are like me, you desire a truly spiritual life. Life in this world as we know it is moving farther away from the spiritual to physical, and this has led to so much emptiness in the lives of many.

Stick with this post so I can give you the signs that you are living a spiritual life.

 

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How exactly would I define a spiritual life?

It’s a life concerned with the spiritual as compared to the physical part of a person.

 

Maybe I’m still not clear on that.

Remember that man is a tri-part being. You ARE a spirit being, you HAVE a soul, you LIVE in a physical body.

So, essentially, you are a spirit, not a physical being. That means we must be working hard everyday to nurture and grow our spirits because that’s what we truly are, especially in full knowledge that a simple healthy lifestyle requires spirituality.

 

Are we doing that now?

Unfortunately, no. Most people have completely forgotten and many have never even acknowledged that they are spiritual beings and therefore fail to live a spiritual life.

Everything we do today is concerned with only the physical part of our existence. We do everything we can to take care of our physical bodies. Eating right, exercising, doing beauty treatments, and many of us going to great lengths to not let our physical bodies age.

Well, we might not reflect our true ages because we take care of ourselves. But we can never stop the hands of time. Just because you look 35 when you are 70 doesn’t make you 35, you are still 70.

Whether we like it or not, our physical bodies will die. But get this. Our spirits will never die. They will live for eternity.

It makes sense then that we should be taking care of that which is eternal. And we can set our spirits up for a lifetime of bliss and happiness by taking care of our spirits now while we are still alive in our physical bodies by making the right choices.

Maybe like me, that’s what you’re trying to do. So how will you know you are making progress at living a spiritual life?

Here are the signs you are living a spiritual life.

 

  • Sign #1: You crave the word of God

The word of God is meant to feed your spirit. Every word in the bible is God-inspired and is meant to nourish the spirit.

You’ll know you are concerned with the spiritual life when you crave the word of God and feel empty and incomplete without it.

But you are not going to get there on your own. You are going to have to make an effort to get in the word for you to get to the point of craving it. You can’t crave what you never knew in the first place.

So pick up your bible and immerse yourself in the true source of life. Having trouble with the bible? Then I recommend 6 easy tips to help you understand your bible.

 

  • Sign #2: Your prayers are less self-focused

When I prayed, it used to be all about me. God give me this and that, God do this and that for me.

I thought I was living the spiritual life just because I was praying. But it’s when you change your focus away from yourself to others that you begin to live a spiritual life.

God already knows what you need before you even ask him, so don’t worry about letting him know some things about your life because he already knows.

Instead, spend your prayer time praying for others around you and far away from you, whether you know them or not.

Now I spend less time talking about myself and more time praying for my family, our relatives and friends, our neighbors and their families, our young people, our country, our leaders, Africa, and the whole world.

I pray that God teaches us to help each other and put others’ needs before our own.

I  thank God for the nature he’s given us. But I’m thinking now that I should start praying and asking him to teach us how to take care of that nature.

Your prayer will become more fruitful when you focus on others. If you are struggling to pray then read these 10 easy tips to improve your prayer life.

 

  • Sign #3: You enjoy and appreciate nature more than you ever have in your life.

Nature used to be just something around us. I never paid much attention to it until I started nurturing my relationship with God.

Now I marvel at nature all the time. I marvel at the unmatched light of the distant moon, sun and stars.

I marvel at the trees that have probably been here long before I even came, giving me the oxygen that I breathe.

I marvel at the animals that, though have nothing, still manage to remain taken care of.

I marvel at the plants springing back to life after a long, dead and cold winter.

I keep thinking that’s how God designed human beings as well. The long, dead and cold winter of our lives would be our troubles and failures: divorces, homelessness, financial hardship, sickness and disease, etc.

But God meant for us to spring back to life replenished and new at the end of our troubles, because they will surely come to an end.

You’ll know you are living a spiritual life when you feel connected to nature. You feel part of it and know it’s incomplete without you, just as you are incomplete without it.

 

  • Sign #4: You no longer care about what the world cares about

Fashion, all the empty entertainment, pleasing people. No, now that you are living a spiritual life you are concerned with only pleasing God, knowing if you please God, you please those who love God just like you do.

I no longer worry about what I have in my wardrobe or who’ll laugh at my outfit choice. Who’ll mock me because I’m not buying a car or a smartphone when everyone else. Who’ll mock me because I’m not on social media.

I no longer feel the need to compare myself to anyone. I now know no one on this earth is the standard, just as I’m not the standard. There’s only one standard and role model; and that’s Jesus Christ.

Read my post on do you have the guts to live life on your own terms?

Also read how to stop comparing yourself to others.

 

  • Sign # 5: You are no longer scared of death.

Death used to scare me to death (pun!). Not only was I scared of dying. I was also scared of losing loved ones. Death scared me into so much anxiety that sometimes I’d wake up in the middle of the night panting.

That was before I learned and understood that death of the physical body means nothing because when that happens, the true me, which is the spirit remains alive for eternity.

Now, I’m no longer scared of parting with my physical body because it was just a borrowed suit to begin with.

Instead of worrying about death, I kind of look forward to being with my father when he calls me. And it’s freeing living with that much peace and calm.

 

The final word

The spiritual life was something meant for each and every one of us as children of God. It’s us who choose daily to separate ourselves from our true nature by honoring the physical rather than the spiritual.

But you no longer have to live this limited life you’ve been living. You can elevate yourself to the level God intended for you.

If you feel like you are already living a spiritual life, now isn’t the time to stop. Keep striving to reach unknown heights of this life by staying close to God.

 

Thank you for reading this post. What do you think of it? Do you agree with my definition of a spiritual life? If not, please tell us why.

What are your own signs of living a spiritual life? Please share with us by commenting.

10 must-read pros of doing your own cooking

If you are wondering if you’d be better off doing your own cooking, you are right.

There are limitless pros to doing your own cooking versus buying ready-made food from restaurants or the supermarket. Read on to find out the pros of doing your own cooking.

 

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We all know that most people feel pressed for time to do their own cooking, what with all the demands on their time: kids, careers and many other commitments.

But why does doing your own cooking have to take a backseat when it comes to honoring those demands?

The way I see it, doing your own cooking should fit right at the top of your priorities seeing that it’s the quality of the food you eat that will determine whether or not you have enough energy to honor all the other demands.

Without wasting any more time, let’s dive straight into the pros of doing your own cooking.

 

  • #1: Doing your own cooking straight away puts you in charge of your diet and therefore your health.

Wouldn’t you like that? To have complete control over your diet instead of handing that control over to someone else like the indifferent chef at that restaurant or that exhausted one at the supermarket?

If you are serious about enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, and you know that a simple healthy lifestyle requires a good diet, then you know you have to be in charge of your own diet. And the only and best way to do that is by doing your own cooking.

If you are in charge of your diet, you’ll have control of your health, and that’s what we must all be striving for.

Your food choices will determine how healthy you are where the diet component of a simple healthy lifestyle is concerned.

Learn how to use food as medicine for your body with these 6 effective tips.

 

  • #2: Doing your own cooking straight away puts you in charge of your time

If you say you don’t have the time for doing your own cooking, then you are saying that you are a victim of time, and that’s a negative mentality to have.

Finding the time to do your own cooking puts you in complete control of time. You are not the victim and you can actually manage time better than someone who chooses to let time limit them.

 

  • #3: Doing your own cooking makes you prioritize on quality

If you are going to cook unhealthy food, then don’t bother. You’d be better off stepping into that restaurant or supermarket instead.

Because of doing my own cooking, I tend to prioritize on cooking the best quality food we have available at home.

If you are going to take the time and effort to do your own cooking, then your food has to be of the best quality.

 

  • #4: Doing your own cooking puts you in control of what goes into your food

I’m talking about your choice of ingredients. Not only do you get to decide on what ingredients to add but you also get to decide on how much of those ingredients to add.

I tend to add less oil and salt to my cooking. I don’t add sugar at all, except a little bit when I make bread because my family is not ready yet to quit sugar.

You need these  12 tips if you want to eat less sugar.

Being in charge of what and how much ingredients to put in your food will surely guarantee a healthy diet.

 

  • #5: Doing your own cooking helps stave off unhealthy cravings

You tend to crave healthy foods when you are doing your own cooking, provided you always cook healthy foods.

Remember that eating healthy/unhealthy is all about conditioning the  subconscious mind.

By cooking only healthy foods, you teach your mind that healthy foods are the only and best thing to eat, thereby getting rid of your cravings for unhealthy foods.

You’ll be interested in how to stop obsessing over calories.

You’ll also want to read how to stop binge eating.

 

  • #6: Doing your own cooking helps you save money

You save a lot of money. You don’t throw money away on those pricey dishes at the restaurant. You know how to compromise on ingredients in order to reduce costs while still obtaining the best quality.

You are careful not to unnecessarily throw out food and you learn to recycle things like stale breads, and the list is endless.

 

  • #7: Doing your own cooking may help you uncover a hidden cooking talent

There are a lot of people who don’t know they are talented at cooking simply because they’ve never taken the time to experiment with cooking, or maybe they did try it, but didn’t stick with it long enough to discover that talent.

I used to hate doing my own cooking. And because of that I was terrible at it. But then I quit my job and found myself sitting at home, faced with the responsibility of cooking for my family everyday.

It was that obligation that drew out the great cook in me. You might just discover your hidden cooking talent if you resort to doing your own cooking.

Read 10 important steps to discover and develop your talent.

 

  • #8: Doing your own cooking makes you appreciate life more

Because you are in touch with the food you eat, you tend to appreciate that more than if you let someone else do your cooking.

It wasn’t until I started doing my own cooking that I started appreciating how nature gives me the food that I eat, aware of their work in me to keep growing me everyday.

We are literally the food we eat. That’s a massive thing to ponder. And when you do, you’ll be passionate about doing your own cooking, eating clean and even growing your own food.

Make a vegetable garden without spending any money is a must read.

 

  • #9: Doing your own cooking fosters healthy relationships

And we all know that a simple healthy lifestyle requires healthy relationships. Doing your own cooking when you have a family will bring you together. I appreciate whoever does our cooking at home. I have new founded respect for them whenever they put my plate in front of me.

After a long day at work for you and school for your kids, why would you let the mechanical tendency of your lifestyle extend to your diet as well by eating store or restaurant-bought foods?

Don’t. Do your own cooking, encouraging your family to lend a hand and bond while you do so.

 

  • #10: Doing your own cooking puts you in charge of your weight

And weight is a source of concern for many people around the world. A lot of people are unhappy with their weight, but most if not all of them would lose all that excess weight and keep it off by doing their own cooking.

If you eat out everyday, how can you be shocked when you pack on extra pounds? I too used to worry about gaining weight, but since I started doing my own cooking, weight is no longer a concern because I have it under control.

 

The final word

Nothing beats doing your own cooking. It makes you a chef in your own kitchen. God gave us the natural ability to feed ourselves, so don’t hand that power over to another person and prioritize less important things over your own healthy eating.

There’s everything to be gained from doing your own cooking and nothing to lose from it. If you haven’t tried your hand at it or you’ve been skimpy about doing your own cooking, then start taking charge of what goes into your body because that literally builds or breaks you.

 

Thank you for reading this post. What are your thoughts about it? Do you do your own cooking? Then share with us your own pros? If you don’t do your own cooking, please share with us why?

 

7 compelling CONS of the 9-5 daily grind

I didn’t always dread the 9-5 daily grind. As far as I knew, that was exactly what we were all supposed to do after finishing school.

 

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I did get into the grind when I graduated university. I was ecstatic because it my first time holding that much money.

But it soon got to me that the 9-5 daily grind wasn’t something I wanted to do. I couldn’t imagine continuing with it for the rest of my life.

But I left that first job not because I wanted to quit the 9-5 daily grind. Rather, it was because I had an opportunity I wanted to seize.

The opportunity ended up falling through before I even started. I sat at home looking for another job to no avail.

As I write this, I haven’t had any other job since that first job. But am I still looking? Absolutely not! Do I still want to get back to the 9-5 daily grind? Not even if I was paid a million dollar salary.

So what changed? Here are the cons of going back to the 9-5 daily grind.

 

  • Con #1: The 9-5 daily grind gives you only a limited chance to grow

As soon as you’ve been trained for your job, that’s it. You are at it for years before you get a promotion, that is, if you get one at all.

That happened to me. I reached a point at my first job where I felt like I’d learnt all I could learn in my position and I felt stuck.

 

  • Con #2: The 9-5 daily grind rarely challenges you.

If you don’t like being challenged, then I guess the daily grind is for you. But I know the majority of people like to feel challenged.

And the 9-5 daily grind will challenge you when you first arrive. After that, even the task you felt was the most difficult when you began, you can now do with your eyes closed.

Have you ever felt like that?

 

  • Con #3:  The 9-5 daily grind usually means you have to answer to someone, and that’s not the way to live.

For me it wasn’t that I had a problem respecting authority or taking instructions.

But it gets to a point where you know you’ve had enough of all the commands and being barked at occasionally.

It helps if you have a decent boss. If you don’t, you are in trouble.

Now that I’m my own boss, I don’t have to worry about that any more. Read my post on the truth about being your own boss.

 

  • Con #4: The 9-5 daily grind can make you less happy

And we know that’s detrimental to our journey of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle.

It makes sense. Why would you be happier working on someone else’s clock, being told what to do and what not to do for the better part of the day?

If you are less happy in your job, then it’s time to make a change. I recommend 17 simple things you must do to become happier.

 

  • Con #5: The 9-5 daily grind can dampen your own goals and dreams

You exchange those for your bosses’ goals and dreams. Everything you do must be to fulfill someone else’s dream.

While a simple healthy lifestyle requires healthy relationships in which you learn to put the needs of others before your own, you should remember that you can’t begin to do that successfully if you’ve neglected your own needs.

You can’t fix someone else’s life when yours is in shambles. And you can’t usher someone to a destination you’ve never been to yourself.

So, fulfill your own goals and dreams, or at least work toward doing that so you can know how to help others.

 

  • Con #6: The 9-5 daily grind invites social pressure

You know what I mean. Now that you have that job, you feel forced to meet people’s expectations and fit into the stereotype of a working individual.

You have to have that bigger house even though you don’t need it, buy that bigger car even though the one you have is still working for you, put your kids into the more expensive schools, eat at fine restaurants, get married, have kids, etc.

You are expected to do that because those things are expected from those who have jobs.

You stop living life the way you want and have to live it the way everyone else wants.

Read my post on do you have the guts to live life on your own terms?

Also read my post on how to stop comparing yourself to others.

 

  • Con #7: The 9-5 daily grind invites financial pressure

And if you are serious about enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, then you need to stop making money an issue.

The financial pressure comes from wanting to make a show of the working person you are by spending more money than you have.

The loans will only bury you alive. Don’t be afraid to be honest with yourself about what you can and can’t afford.

Don’t tie your worth to any item. And refuse to be forced into financially burdening yourself.

Live debt-free with these 7 easy tips.

 

The final word

Of course I’m not saying people should quit the 9-5 daily grind. I’d never say that. People are different. Maybe the 9-5 daily grind works for you. Then go ahead and enjoy it.

Or maybe you are like me and you’ve had enough of it. Then there’s absolutely nothing wrong with stepping away to try your hand at something else.

As long as we do things that make us happier than we are now without trampling on anyone else’s rights, then we are on the right track to enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle and we should keep going, encouraging each other on our journey.

 

 

Thank you for reading this post. What are your thoughts on it? Does the 9-5 daily grind work for you? Then please share your experiences with us. If it doesn’t work for you, also share with us.

 

 

 

 

Cultivate success everyday with these 7 effective tips

If you want to cultivate success in your everyday life, then you are in the right place.

Stick with me because I’m about to give you tips on how you can do that. Your life is about to become better and simpler than you ever imagined.

 

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Before I embarked on my journey of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, I felt more like a failure than a success.

That made sense because there was a lot I wanted to have achieved but hadn’t. My goals were still not yet achieved and my dreams not yet lived.

I was just a failure trying everyday to salvage what was left of my energy to try to make something of myself.

I’m sure a lot of people can relate to this. The world has created a definition of success that only a few of us can meet. The rest of us feel like failures everyday.

What does success mean to you? Because your definition of success will determine if you can cultivate success everyday in your life or not.

OK, here are the tips to cultivate success in your everyday life.

 

  • Tip #1: Re examine your values, or identify them for the first time

Values are vital if you want to cultivate success in your everyday life. Your values basically define what’s most important to you.

Many of us would like to think we have values. But if we get asked about them,  in a job interview for instance; we go blank.

Now is the time to be clear about what your values are. And you can’t know what your values are if you don’t know yourself.

So, get to know yourself, being honest with yourself about what’s most important to you. Not to someone else but to you. Not to your parents, or spouse, or boss, or best friend but to you.

6 useful tips to know yourself better is a must read.

 

  • Tip # 2: So then, redefine success

Success means different things to different people. What I define as success might not be success to you, and vice versa.

So what does success mean to you? Forget about the definitions you’ve heard from other people, and I’m sure you’ve heard more than an earful.

What does success mean to you? What does it mean to you to feel successful? To me it means to live my values everyday.

You should have clear answers to these questions if you want to cultivate success in your everyday life.

 

  • Tip #3: Read the word of God

Simply because it’s the perfect manual for your life, especially as you try to cultivate success.

God says in many places that you are precious, and your value to him has nothing to do with the net worth that the world has attached to your name.

Go on, read the word of God and realize that you are the most important of God’s creation.

Hebrews 2 v 8: …God has put everything under our power and has not left anything out of our power… (CEV)

1 John 5 v 4: Every child of God can defeat the world, and our faith is what gives us this victory. (CEV)

2 Corinthians 2 v 14: …In the Messiah, in Christ, God leads us from place to place in one perpetual victory parade… (MSG)

There are many more verses that define you as successful. Open the word of God and meditate on it.

If you have trouble understanding your bible, I recommend 6 easy tips to help you understand your bible.

Ask God to reveal the true meaning of success to you as you pray to him. Read these 10 easy tips to improve your prayer life.

 

  • Tip #4: Remove money as an issue

This tip must actually come first if you want to cultivate success in your everyday life.

People have given money power it doesn’t deserve. If you define success in terms of money, as in, you feel most successful when you have a lot of money then you are going to have a problem because what happens when you are not making as much money as you think is necessary to make you a successful person?

True success has nothing to do with money. In fact, completely remove money from the equation because it has no place in the definition of success.

In the past few months I’ve been learning to remove money as an issue and to live on less and less money everyday. Soon, I’ll dedicate an entire post to that.

But in the meantime, forget about your bank balances and how much you are making at your job. Cultivate success by removing money as an issue.

 

  • Tip #5: Recognize and appreciate that your best tools for success are free

If you want to cultivate success in your life, then you need not worry about resources because the best resources are given free of charge.

Have you noticed that nature’s best gifts are not bought with money but are freely available to everyone?

The sun shines on both the rich and the poor, as do the moon and the stars. The rain pours down on the soils of both the rich and the poor, and flora and fauna is for everyone’s eyes.

After all that, there’s nothing more magical. If we have all these free of charge, then we all have success at our disposal.

 

  • Tip #6: Live life on your own terms.

This is crucial if you want to cultivate success in your life. In fact, I have an entire post called do you have the guts to live life on your own terms? You have to check it out.

Refuse to compare yourself to others by reading how to stop comparing yourself to others.

Your definition of success doesn’t have to align with anyone else’s definitions, even when you seem to be the only one with your definition.

Don’t be tempted to do what everyone else is doing because you think it’s the right and only way to cultivate success in your everyday life. Stick to your guns about what success means to you.

 

  • Tip #7: Choose to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle

This tip is the main reason behind this entire blog. We should all aspire to enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle because it’s our right as children of God.

Let’s do away with the complicated human philosophies that have robbed us of our joy and success, and replace those with the simple key components of food and diet, exercise, personal development, healthy relationships and spirituality.

There’s nothing complicated about living these key elements. They are all simple and can be enjoyed by everyone.

I recommend the following posts so you can remind yourself of these key components of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle:

A simple healthy lifestyle requires a good diet

A simple healthy lifestyle requires exercise

A simple healthy lifestyle requires healthy relationships

A simple healthy lifestyle requires spirituality

 

The final word

For a long time I was deceived into believing I wasn’t successful just because I was lacking in some areas.

We are all human, so you can be lacking in some areas, many areas, and still be successful. Refuse to wait until you are perfect so you can feel successful because you’ll be waiting forever.

Instead redefine and cultivate success everyday by making it achievable.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Please share your thoughts with us about what it means to cultivate success in your everyday life.

10 reasons NOT to become the other woman

If you are a single lady, refuse at all costs to become the other woman. You should know by now that married men are off limits, and yet many of us still find ourselves caught in nasty affairs that only leave us hurt and broken.

 

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You’ll remember that a simple healthy lifestyle requires healthy relationships.

But being the other woman is anything but healthy. It’s never a good idea. The man has a wife for goodness’ sake.

He’s unavailable, no matter how much time you spend with him or how much he tells you he loves you.

I’m not judging you here. I’ve been misled into having affairs with married men before. Yes. Not a married man but married men. That’s a mistake I’ll never repeat.

It’s easy to continue an affair because a married man will promise you things in such a way that you believe every word he says.

Not necessarily because you are a gullible person. Well, they bring out the gullibility in even the strongest of women.

But it’s mostly because you’ve made yourself vulnerable to him and by agreeing to the affair in the first place, you displayed your desperation and now he’s playing on it.

Now here are the 10 reasons not to become the other woman:

 

  • Reason #1: He’s not trustworthy

He’s cheating on his wife with you. Why on earth would you want to give yourself to a man like that?

If you are hoping he’ll leave his wife for you, and he does, you’ll have lost because he can never stay faithful to you.

So, refuse to settle for becoming the other woman. Find a single man who’ll love you and make you his wife.

 

  • Reason #2: He doesn’t love you

I don’t care what he’s been telling you all along. A married man loves his wife. You are just a pastime for him.

I know what you are thinking. That you think he’s genuine about his love for you. Believe me, he’s not. He’s just taking advantage of you.

Prepare to free yourself by reading how to avoid being taken advantage of in relationships.

It’s always the other woman who gets the short end of the stick when it comes to love. Refuse that.

 

  • Reason #3: He’ll never leave his wife for you

It’s all a lie when he keeps telling you he’s going to leave his wife for you as soon as this or that happens. As soon as the kids are grown, as soon as the mortgage is paid off, etc.

A married man will not leave his wife for you. Leave him and open yourself to being genuinely loved by a man who’s available, who treats you as his first lady and not the other woman.

 

  • Reason #4: If he does leave his wife for you, you’ll never be happy

Would you be happy with a man who was unfaithful to his ex-wife? Every time he leaves the house, you’ll be wondering where he’s going. Is that how you want to live?

You can’t build a life with a man who married you out of his unfaithfulness. You as the other woman knows what he got up to when he wasn’t home, so how can you have peace of mind now as his wife?

There might not be anything sinister about his whereabouts when you are married. Maybe he’s genuinely working late. But would you believe that?

Why would you settle for that kind of stress in your life? I recommend live stress free with these 10 great tips.

People who enjoy a simple healthy lifestyle are supposed to be happy. Know that and claim your happiness by reading 17 simple things you must do to become happier.

 

  • Reason #5: He makes you love yourself less

And that’s a big no no. Being the other woman will bring your self-esteem and self-love crushing down.

How can it not when you got the man out of evil intentions? And when you know you are his second, third, fourth…choice.

If you are serious about enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, then you know you have to love yourself enough to be able to extend that love to others. Being the other woman will make that impossible.

I recommend 9 effective tips to improve your self-esteem.

 

  • Reason #6: You’ll never truly be accepted into his circle of family and friends

No matter how friendly they act toward you, you’ll always be the other woman. You are just the other woman who drove their woman of choice away. That’s not the way you want to be looked at.

 

  • Reason #7: He’ll never trust or respect you

You’ll always be the other woman for him. So he knows you have a knack for ensnaring men who are taken. That makes him lose trust and respect for you.

 

  • Reason #8: He’ll always be ashamed of you

I don’t care if you finally manage to get his ring around your finger; the man will always look at you as the other woman and he’ll always be ashamed of you.

Wonder why he kept quiet about family day at work? Because even as his wife, you are still the other woman and he doesn’t want to be seen with you in public.

 

  • Reason #9: You’ll always be a victim of his ex wife

Not just because you broke up their marriage. But you’ll never be rid of his ex-wife, especially if they have kids.

That’s one of the most annoying things about being the other woman. You can never be rid of the ex-wife and their kids.

 

  • Reason #10: You’ll miss out on the love God intended for you

This is the biggest con about being the other woman. You don’t get to meet that one special man God made for you because you were busy with another woman’s husband.

Ask yourself now. Would you want to spend a miserable life with a man who was created for another woman, or would you rather enjoy a long happy life with a man who was created specially for you?

Begin to see yourself the way God sees you. As his precious child. Claim the blessings he intended for you by checking out are you aware of God’s blessings for your life?

 

The final word

Maybe you think there’s something romantic or decent about being the other woman because you are watching other women do the same thing. Remember that you can never get the full picture if you are on the outside looking in.

You can’t build your happiness with a man who belongs to another woman. Refuse to stoop that low. Love and value yourself enough to want only the best in love.

God has someone special for you out there. Leave married men alone. In the meantime remain single so you can find yourself and get yourself ready for when you meet that special man.

Read these 8 reasons to celebrate being single. You’ll also want to read 6 useful tips to know yourself better.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Have you ever been the other woman? Or maybe you are currently the other woman? Please share with us your experiences by commenting.

Declutter your kitchen: 8 things to get rid of RIGHT NOW!

It’s easier to declutter your kitchen than you think. Keep reading because I’m about to reveal to you the 8 things your kitchen will definitely be better off without.

 

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Remember that a simple healthy lifestyle is just that: SIMPLE. It’s something we were meant to enjoy naturally and effortlessly.

And now that you’ve made the decision to enjoy this journey, you shouldn’t only remove all the temptations from your kitchen, but you should also get rid of most gadgets and resort to the traditional and natural way of doing things.

There are a lot of kitchens out there that just spell a complicated life the second you land your eyes on them. Kitchens like that cloud your thinking, and your living.

It’s time to do away with that complication and embrace the simplicity that marks our new way of living. You’ll be glad you did.

So what should you get rid of if you want to declutter your kitchen?

 

  • Item #1: Cookie jars

Of course, these are first things to go. I don’t know why people overestimate their resistance to sugar by surrounding themselves with cookies..

You can’t eat healthy when you have several cookie jars surrounding you, not even when it’s only one jar. And no, the solution is not to stash them in your pantry so that ‘out of sight, out of mind.’

That won’t help you. Get rid of them altogether because you no longer need them. Remember to teach your mind to crave only healthy foods.

Trust me, getting rid of those cookie jars is a great step you can take to declutter your kitchen.

 

  • Item #2: All processed foods

Processed foods are the other thing you need to get rid of if you want to declutter your kitchen. I don’t care what they are, just get rid of them. For every processed food in your kitchen right now, there’s a healthy alternative somewhere out there.

Don’t say you have no access to healthy food alternatives because you do. Even if you have to drive an extra mile to get to them, then do it.

You are going to have to make an effort if you are really serious about enjoying a healthy diet as a key component of a simple healthy lifestyle.

It’s worth revisiting my post on a simple healthy lifestyle requires a good diet.

 

  • Item #3: Those extra cupboards

To declutter your kitchen isn’t just about food, you know. Some people just have those extra cupboards and drawers they never use.

Even if you do use them, you’d find that you’d do better if you used fewer cupboards.

Less is more when it comes to enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle. Get rid of those cupboards and enjoy the extra space and reduced cleaning.

 

  • Item #4: That dishwasher

The dishwasher should be one of the first things to let go of when you declutter your kitchen.

Maybe it’s because I’m from a completely archaic culture where we do everything manually. But I choose my archaic culture over the dependence on machines to do my work.

People who are pro dishwashing claim it saves them the time they don’t have to do the dishes. I personally don’t buy that.

If you are so busy that you have no time to take care of your own environment, then it’s time to rethink your priorities.

What are you so busy with? Work? Saying you are too busy to do work in your own kitchen because you are busy doing work for someone else is just absurd.

Always put your health and well-being first. Only then will you be able to take care of someone else’s work.

Get rid of that dishwasher to declutter your kitchen. Refuse to buy into human philosophies that usurp you of your power over your own time and life. Take charge.

 

  • Item#5: Measuring utensils

Like I said, maybe it’s because I’m from a different culture. But I’ve never understood the concept of using measuring utensils in the kitchen.

Are we so out of touch with our instincts that we’ve created utensils to think and decide for us?

I know how much of every ingredient to add to my food when I’m cooking. Sometimes I get my measurements wrong, but that’s OK. I get them right the next time.

Like I said, I believe in taking charge of everything in my life. Declutter your kitchen by getting rid of those measuring utensils and learn to use your own instincts and observation in your kitchen and pretty much every other area of your house and your life.

 

  • Item #6: That television

Please, let’s just stop with the TV watching. It’s bad enough that you are wasting your precious time watching your television in the living room. Now, to have one in your kitchen is just too much.

What is it about watching empty entertainment that’s more fulfilling than spending some quiet time in your kitchen where you can eat mindfully?

Watching TV takes your mindfulness away. That’s why a lot of people have developed a bad relationship with food. For one, it’s easy to overeat when you are watching TV because you are not paying attention to the messages your body tells you when it’s full.

Read my post on how to stop binge eating. And as soon as you finish doing that, get up and declutter your kitchen by getting rid of that television.

 

  • Item #7: Your books

As you declutter your kitchen, all those books have to go as well. Have a room you dedicate to reading and take those books there. And no, it’s not your bedroom because you don’t need all that mental stimulation just before you sleep.

Put the books in the living room where you can entertain yourself with them instead of watching TV.

I just mentioned the importance of eating mindfully. And you can’t do that if you are reading a book simultaneously in the kitchen.

By the way, get rid of some of those recipe books too. Stop spending money on many recipe books. If you’ve been doing so, then by now you should have a hang of your cooking.

Now is the time to try things on your own. Fail and keep trying. Remember, you can’t listen to your body if you have other things like books stealing your attention.

Reconnect with your body by reading how to listen to your body.

 

  • Item #8: All those gadgets

I’m talking about those fancy cutters that create fancy patterns on your vegetables, all those graters you don’t need, and many other gadgets I’ve seen on TV whose names I don’t even know.

You don’t need them. Your body will recognize healthy food no matter how it’s cut. So don’t even worry that your food isn’t going to look pretty anymore.

Focus your energy instead on actually making your food healthy.

 

The final word

Like I said earlier, it’s actually easier to declutter your kitchen than you think. All you need to do is be honest with yourself about what you really need in your kitchen and what you don’t.

Important: what you need, not what you want. You can easily get by without your wants.

 

Thank you for reading this post. What are your own thoughts on how to declutter your kitchen? Please share with us by commenting.

 

 

 

 

5 precautions to take if you exercise while you are sick

Knowing that a simple healthy lifestyle requires exercise, I’ve always had that dilemma of whether or not you should exercise while you are sick, and I know a lot of people are wondering the same thing.

 

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As I write this post, I’m recovering from a cold I’ve had since Saturday. I always rest from exercise on weekends, so I didn’t have to exercise when I first got the cold.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed; but there’s something about standing up to a sickness that just makes it go away, or at least lessens its hold on you. That’s what’s happening with me right now.

Our grandmother moved in with us on Saturday when I was feeling my first symptoms.

On Sunday morning I asked my mother to rush home after church to tend to her so I could sleep in.

But no, I didn’t do that. Because I’m so used to getting out of bed early every morning, I was up and ready for the day before my mother even left for church at 8am.

I thought I’d continue my rest days for the whole of this week until next Monday. But this past Monday, though I still had the cold, I felt a strong desire to exercise.

So I did exactly that, careful not to push my body too hard. As always, I listened to my body, letting it dictate to me what it needed. Read my post on how to listen to your body.

So yes, I didn’t continue my rest days into this week like I’d thought. I’m still exercising every morning though I’m still not back to my normal self.

 

So, what are the precautions to take if you exercise while you are sick?

 

  • Precaution #1: Assess the strength of your sickness

If it’s just a weak cold like the one I had, then I don’t see any reason why you can’t exercise while you are sick.

Remember though that if your sickness is more serious, then you should take a rest day or days depending on the strength and length of your sickness.

I recommend 5 reasons why rest days are good for you.

Also read how to know when to take a break from exercise.

 

  • Precaution #2: Exercise only when your body feels up to it

You can exercise while you are sick if your body feels up to it. It’s all about listening to your body.

I thought my body would feel heavy and tired this past Monday morning; that’s why I anticipated I’d be continuing my rest days throughout this week.

But my body felt ready to go on Monday morning, so there was no need for me to say no.

Be honest with yourself about how your body feels. If you feel fit enough to exercise, then go ahead.

 

  • Precaution #3: Make sure you ease up on your workouts

You should ease up on your workouts if you want to exercise while you are sick. Though my body felt fine on Monday morning, I was aware that I was still sick and that I needed to not put more stress on my body.

You should be careful not to push your body too hard even when you feel like you can handle a strenuous workout.

Remember that your body needs to recover from the sickness. Only then can you push it harder.

If you ease up on your workouts, then you can exercise while you are sick.

 

  • Precaution #4: Exercise in environments where germs are less likely to spread

If you want to exercise while you are sick, then you’ll have to mind your environment for that period.

If you typically exercise inside a gym where you touch all the equipment and share the air inside, then it’s time to step outside to the park where you can jog while breathing in the fresh air.

That’s why I love exercising outdoors and without the use of any equipment. I keep my hands free and enjoy the fresh air.

If you want the air you breathe to be even fresher, then do your workouts in the morning. You’ll want to read here are 5 reasons why morning exercise is better for you.

 

  • Precaution #5: Make sure you have the right intentions for exercising

Remember that your health comes first before everything else. Don’t exercise while you are sick if health takes a backseat to beauty. If you are desperate for that bikini body, that’s a horrible reason to exercise while you are sick.

If exercise is a competition for you and not a genuine key component of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle, then you are not in a position to exercise while you are sick.

Rather, get some rest especially if your body is screaming at you to do that.

 

The final word

If you love exercise, then there’s absolutely no reason not to exercise while you are sick as long as you are mindful of the precautions mentioned in this post.

Remember that enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle is a journey, not a destination. Don’t deny the strength of your sickness, or be in denial about your body being tired.

Take as many rest days  as you need if you feel really sick. Not even a month off your workouts is going to drag you back as long as you honor all the other key components of enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle like diet, healthy relationships, personal development and spirituality.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Do you exercise while you are sick? Then tell us why and how. Or maybe you don’t exercise while you are sick. Share with us why by commenting.

 

 

You needn’t be a church goer to be a legitimate Christian

I know there’s that worldwide belief that you have to be a church goer in order to be a legitimate christian.

But is there any truth to that? Does being a church goer really qualify or disqualify you as a legitimate christian?

 

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You’ll remember that a simple healthy lifestyle requires spirituality. But is cultivating your spirituality synonymous with being a church goer?

I personally don’t go to church. I don’t have anything against church attendance. In fact, I love and support the idea.

I strongly believe that church brings believers together in one place where they can help each other’s faith; not to mention, worship God.

 

The word of God strongly recommends the idea of being a church goer.

Hebrews 10 v 25: Some people have gotten out of the habit of meeting for worship, but we must not do that. We should keep on encouraging each other, especially since you know that the day of the Lord’s coming is getting closer. (CEV)

 

But we have no biblical evidence that every Christian in the biblical times was a church goer. In fact, the above verse clearly spells out that not every christian was a church goer.

The bible also doesn’t condemn those who are not church goers. The condemnation was cooked up by some christians all on their own.

But of course I welcome corrections. So pick up your bible and start searching and find out where it clearly says or even merely implies that you are condemned if you are not a church goer.

You struggle to understand the bible? Then read these 6 easy tips to help you understand your bible.

 

But why don’t I attend church?

Simply because I haven’t found a church I’m confident will help me develop my spirituality.

Sounds like a petty and childish excuse, doesn’t it? But I don’t want to be a mere church goer who puts away the bible to gather dust until next Sunday.

No. I want to be the kind of church goer who loves every minute of church and can’t wait to read the bible on my own.

I want a pastor that focuses more on teaching the word of God than on performing all the money miracles. And it seems like nowadays money is of more concern to christians than God is.

I don’t need all those miracles. Why? Because my existence on its own is a miracle. And I believe I’m a miracle to others.

So I need a church that teaches the word that cements that so I can use my gift instead of spreading my hands out to receive miracles from God knows where (no pun intended).

So yes, that’s the kind of church goer I want to be and why I still haven’t found a church I really want to attend.

 

So, why do I believe you need not be a church goer to be a legitimate christian?

 

  • Reason #1: Christianity is a personal relationship between you and God, not a religion.

Yes. It’s between you and God.

That doesn’t mean it ends there. If you read God’s word and let it change your way of thinking, then you’ll always be willing to obey the word and spread it to everyone else. And you don’t need to be a church goer to do that. You can do that outside of church.

 

  • Reason #2:  Being a church goer can limit your authority as a Christian

If you understand that being a legitimate christian isn’t based on following set rules and regulations, then you know that you, just like every other christian in the world, is in the ministry of spreading God’s word.

But there are many churches that prevent their attendants from ministering to others.

Those churches say the pastor is the only one who can minister to others and the congregation must listen.

My friend was once prevented by his church from holding morning sermons in our village clinic because the church believed that was solely the duty of the pastor.

Wherever we are, and whatever job we hold, we must each teach God’s word. I recommend that you read how to serve God in your profession.

 

  • Reason #3: Being a church goer can distract you from the word of God

I spoke about this earlier. There are a lot of christians who go to church, not to hear the word of God but to receive the so-called miracles produced by pastors.

They want prophecies that favor them. They spend so little time on the word that they’ve lost touch with it. They’ve thrown their spirituality out of the window.

This can happen to you if you are a church goer and you’ve chosen a church that focuses more on performing miracles than on spreading the word of God.

On my own at home, I read the word of God and dwell in it, teaching myself the ins and outs of it.

I understand that the word is my tool for every situation in life. I understand wealth differently from many other people who only focus on the financial aspect of wealth.

I feel wealthy in a way that makes my life more fulfilling than I could ever have imagined before I familiarized myself with the word.

You can and should do the same. Read these 6 easy steps to stay connected to your spirituality and get back on the right path to God.

 

  • Reason #4: Being a church goer can make you spiritually lazy

I’m sure you know of people who attend church because it’s something they feel they must do and have been doing since they were little.

They go to church because it’s family tradition. Many people like that have reduced church attendance to a chore and they don’t do anything to grow spiritually.

It’s people like that who’ll praise you because you are a church goer and condemn you because you are not. They attach your christian worth to whether or not you are a church goer.

 

  • Reason #5: The idea of being a church goer as a prerequisite leaves many people out

I know this first hand because before I knew my right standing with God, I used to feel left out just because I wasn’t a church goer.

If everyone out there understood Christianity as being a personal relationship between them and God more than it is about being a church goer, then they’d become responsible for their spiritual salvation.

There’s the self-condemnation that ‘I don’t go to church so I must be a bad christian.’

People who say things like that usually give up on themselves and on God. But if people understood that being a church goer or not, God loves each and every one of us, then we’d see those previously hopeless people spring to life to claim their positions as children of God.

You, as a child of God, church goer or not, should be aware of the many blessings our father has bestowed upon you.

Are you aware of God’s blessings for you? is a post you must read because it talks about one of God’s blessings for you being a life free of condemnation.

Come to God with all your flaws because he loves you regardless. Church goer or not, God wants to use you.

So get yourself ready by reading 5 ways to position yourself to hear from God.

 

The final word

Again, please don’t take this to mean that I don’t support the idea of being a church goer. Of course not.

However, I feel that people have attached being a church goer to being a legitimate christian and that’s just misleading, and it leaves many people despondent because they’ve been left out of the church ‘clique.’

Church goer or not, we must all be involved in spreading God’s message however we can while being aware of our worth as children of God.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Are you a church goer or not? Then please share your thoughts with us about this post.

 

 

 

 

Use food as medicine for your body with these 6 effective tips

Everyday you should use food as medicine for your body because that’s really the true purpose of food.

We enjoy what we eat, so it only makes sense that it should come into our bodies to heal them.

But you can’t begin to use food as medicine for your body if you are not eating the right way. I’m about to explain, so keep reading.

 

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You’ll remember that a simple healthy lifestyle requires a good diet.

But I know a lot of people look at food as the enemy to their well-being. I know because I used to do the same thing.

And that’s a dangerous mentality. How can the one thing you get energy from, become your enemy?

Food can’t possibly be your enemy; you are your own enemy because of your wrong choice of food and how you eat it.

God blessed us with perfectly good food: grains, milk, meat, fruits, vegetables, etc. And all of these are healthy.

We became our own worst enemies when we took all this good food and heavily processed it to make all the junk we eat today.

That junk is poison for our bodies.

The good news is that you can stop all that junk and start eating right and reap the benefits of doing so immediately.

So how do you begin to use food as medicine for your body?

 

  • Tip #1: Eat foods in their natural state

I just talked about this. If you want to use food as medicine for your body then you are going to have to avoid all the processed foods you’ve been eating and eat foods in their natural state.

I’ve completely cleaned up my diet and avoid processed foods. I cook grains just as they are when they are harvested, and most of the foods I eat come from local farmers.

You can’t go wrong if you eat foods in their natural state. So then, do this so you can use food as medicine for your body.

 

  • Tip #2: Pray for everything you eat

Most people probably don’t pray for the foods they eat beyond praying for their provision.

But you can use food as medicine for your body by praying for what you eat.

I didn’t use to pray for food either. But lately, every morning, with regards to food, I’ve been praying like this:

‘Father, thank you for our daily bread, and thank you for all the hands that make that food. May we always know the right foods to reach out for and may we always know when to stop eating. May every bite that we eat come into our bodies to heal and restore them. In Jesus’ name, amen.’

Praying like this has helped me tremendously with binge eating which I used to struggle with.

The word of God assures us that we are free to eat whatever we want as long as we give thanks for it.

1 Timothy 4 v 4: Everything God created is good. And if you give thanks, you may eat anything.

1 Timothy 4 v 5: What God has said and your prayer will make it fit to eat. (CEV)

So, give thanks for everything you eat and you can use food as medicine for your body.

You have trouble praying? Then read this post on 10 easy tips to improve your prayer life.

Also read 6 easy tips to help you understand your bible.

 

  • Tip #3: Eat in moderation

Use food as medicine for your body by eating in moderation. Whatever you’ve just given thanks for should be eaten in the right amounts.

Like I said, now I no longer have a problem with binge eating. Read how to stop binge eating.

Many people see food as the enemy because not only have they heavily processed the good foods God gave us, but they eat them in excess.

The thing about eating foods in their natural state is that you can eat as much as you want without gaining all that excess weight.

So you don’t have to starve yourself if you eat healthy. So then, start eating in moderation so you can begin to use food as medicine for your body.

Eating in moderation is easy. You eat when you are hungry and stop when you feel full. Learn to listen to your body so you can be able to read these signs. I recommend how to listen to your body.

 

  • Tip #4: Drink a lot of water

Water is very important if you want to use food as medicine for your body. Our bodies are mostly made of water, so it makes sense that we need to be drinking lots of it.

Drinking water helps the food you eat by aiding in its digestion and in expelling it out of our bodies.

Drinking water also helps you know when you are truly hungry because it’s easy to confuse thirst with hunger and eat when all your body needs is some water instead.

Water is nature’s best free drink. Use that to your own advantage so you can use food as medicine for your body.

Drinking water doesn’t have to be as burdensome and complicated as some people make it to be. Read my post on here’s the effortless and natural way of drinking water.

 

  • Tip #5: Grow your own food

There’s nothing that beats growing your own food if you want to use food as medicine for your body.

Make a vegetable garden without spending any money is a must read if you are worried about growing your own food on a tight budget.

I’m grateful that I’ve taken the step to grow my own food. A week ago I planted spinach, kale, carrots, beetroots and sweet potatoes in my new garden.

Two days ago I planted tomatoes. Right now I’m preparing pumpkin seeds.

The good news is that I only bought spinach seeds at the beginning of this year. The rest of the vegetable seeds, I got from my neighbors free of charge.

Be responsible for what goes into your body so you can use food as medicine for your body.

 

  • Tip #6: Make your eating natural

I mean don’t put embellishments on it if you want to use food as medicine for your body.

People have complicated healthy eating by making endless rules even they can’t follow.

Stop worrying about calories by reading my post on how to stop obsessing over calories.

Also read here’s why the ‘eating six small meals a day’ plan is not working for you.

Eating was always meant to be natural. Treat it as such so you can use food as medicine for your body.

 

The final word

You can and should use food as medicine for your body. Meditate on this truth and let your subconscious pick on it.

Maybe you’ve messed up your eating with all the rules that people have made with regards to food.

Maybe you’ve been messed up by other people’s diets because you focus too much on what other people are doing. This is why I recommend that you read 10 reasons to stop watching what I eat in a day videos.

If you start trusting your own instinct, you’ll make great improvements in your eating. So, start taking responsibility now so you can use food as medicine for your body.

 

Thank you for reading this post. Do you agree with the tips I have of how to use food as medicine for your body? Then share your thoughts with us, as well as some of your own tips.

Or maybe you don’t agree with my tips. That’s perfectly OK. Let us know where and why you don’t agree and share your tips of how to use food as medicine for your body.

 

Live stress free with these 10 great tips

Do you want to live stress free? Then you are in the right place because I’m about to share with you easy tips you can start using right now to live stress free.

 

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I too used to want to live stress free. But at the time, I was riddled with so much stress that the notion to live stress free seemed far fetched.

There was so much going on in my life. I wanted so many things that I didn’t have. And the things that I did have didn’t seem to be helping much to achieve the ones I wanted.

I had too much going on in my head. I stressed about my present and my future so much I couldn’t concentrate on anything long enough to finish it.

This struggle remained even long after I made the decision to start enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle.

But right now as I write this, I’m confident that I have let go of stress and now live stress free.

It was hard at first letting go of stress because I’d gotten so accustomed to it that it was a legitimate part of my life.

But I can tell you right now that my life is much better without stress and I look forward to every coming day and whatever it brings; pleasures and discomforts.

You can live stress free too, and here’s how:

 

  • Tip #1: Read the word of God

This is the best tip to live stress free. The word of God is soothing in a truthful way.

It lets you know that you are loved beyond explanation by our father, and also offers counsel. You can’t go wrong if you stick to it.

2 Timothy 3 v 16: Everything in the Scriptures is God’s word. All of it is useful for teaching and helping people and for correcting them and showing them how to live. (CEV)

You can trust the word of God to always tell you the truth. It doesn’t manipulate you by telling you only what you want to hear. So you can trust it to always be honest with you.

Now you can tailor your life to go in step with God’s counsel. If you do that, you are more than guaranteed to live stress free.

Read 6 easy tips to help you understand your bible.

Also read 7 easy steps to help you find rest in God.

 

  • Tip #2: Re-examine you values

Or examine them for the first time. It’s easy to assume that every one is aware of their values. But some people just live unaware of their values.

Consciously re-examine your values. Your values will always make it clear to you what you want in life.

Now that you are clear on your values, you can begin to pinpoint the things you should do away with.

Those things will highly likely be your stressors, so this tips is extremely important if you want to live stress free.

 

  • Tip # 3: Forgive yourself

You can’t begin to live stress free if you can’t forgive yourself. You are swimming in guilt or regrets and therefore you have too much stress on your hands.

Remember life is for everyone to enjoy. And it’s a journey, not a destination. Just because you took a detour to the wrong side doesn’t mean you can’t find your way back to the right path.

Work toward becoming a better person. Let your mistakes be life lessons. Everyone makes mistakes, remember that.

Let the mistakes of your past be your past, and those include the mistakes you made yesterday because now they are in the past.

 

  • Tip #4: Forgive others

Just as it’s important to forgive yourself, it’s equally important that you forgive others for the wrongs they’ve done to you.

Others are just as worthy of forgiveness as you are. Forgiving others frees you more than it frees them.

I’m sure you know what I mean. Have you ever been in the same room as a friend who wronged you a few months ago?

You are still pouting and sulking in the corner and they are laughing with everybody else and having a good time?

I know the feeling. And it just makes you look and feel stupid. Forgive others and free yourself to also enjoy yourself at all times.

Read my post on a simple healthy lifestyle requires forgiveness.

 

  • Tip #5: Accept your life just the way it is

Yes. This is also very important if you want to live stress free.

So what if your life is pretty bad right now? I know you are wondering about that.

Then accept it just the way it is. Accepting it doesn’t mean settling in it. It means consciously acknowledging it instead of running away from it in denial.

Whatever your life circumstances, accept them. If you’ve been in jail, or you are in jail, accept that.

If you’ve been an abusive spouse, then accept that.

Only when you accept your life circumstances can you begin to take steps to improve them. This will definitely help you to live stress free.

 

  • Tip #6: Think the best of every situation

I don’t care what it is. Divorce, disease, failing at school, getting fired from work, you name it.

These are bad situations, I know. But it’s the bad situations that always teach us the best lessons in life as long as we don’t play the victim but accept them.

So always see the best of whatever situation you find yourself in. I guarantee that this will help you live stress free.

 

  • Tip #7: Be present in everything you do

It’s easy to be preoccupied with other things while we are doing one thing, and this elevates stress.

If you are washing dishes, but now you are worried about paying the bills and the kids’ tuition, and the mortgage, then stress is bound to overwhelm you.

Instead, learn to be present in what you are doing. You can teach yourself to think of only washing the dishes.

You can compartmentalize everything so that you don’t let your stressors dominate all your time. This way you don’t let stress prevent you from being productive.

Read 8 simple but effective strategies to be productive.

 

  • Tip #8: Leave the future where it’s supposed to be, in the future

Don’t stress about the unreal. Everything in the future is unreal; have you ever thought about that? That wedding you are planning for Christmas, it’s unreal. That house you are going to buy next summer, that’s unreal.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t plan for them. But you should remember that tomorrow is unknown and things might turn out differently than you thought, or they might not even happen at all.

So, in this midst of the unknown, why stress? No, focus on what you can do now and leave the future to God to handle.

 

  • Tip #9: Declutter your life

And do this in every way imaginable if you want to live stress free. People have a lot of stress because they have a lot of material, mental, emotional, financial, intellectual and social clutter. If only they could declutter their lives.

You don’t need all those other things outside of your basic needs. Stop hoarding stuff because managing it means stress. Simplify your life in the best possible way.

Soon I’ll dedicate an entire to post to decluttering your life, so please keep following my posts.

 

  • Tip #10: Be grateful

I’m surprised by people who roll their eyes at this tip. Don’t underestimate the significance of gratitude if you want to live stress free.

Most people can’t get out of stress because instead of being grateful for the good things in their lives, they are busy whining about the bad things in their lives.

Sometimes they whine even about the good things because they’ve become blind to how lucky they are.

If you are like that, it’s time to change. Gratitude is the best antidote for stress, so take a spoonful and live stress free.

 

The final word

The decision to live stress free is well within your reach; you just have to make it. If you are used to living with stress, then the thought that you can live stress free can seem inconceivable and unreal at first.

But it is your right as a child of God to live stress free and enjoy the life God has blessed you with.

Many people have died and many are dying right now, so you are blessed to still be alive. Don’t let one more moment of your life go wasted as you wallow in stress.

You can make a choice to be happy from this moment forth. All it takes is a decision to be happy. I recommend 17 simple things you must do to become happier.

Also check out how to be free from anger.

 

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