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  • How to worry less? 10 tips to follow

    Learn how to worry less can be the key to ease our minds and reduce stress. Of course, I'm not saying to remove stress from our lives altogether, as it keeps us aware, but we must learn to control it by knowing how to tackle those situations. Worrying about essential things like unpaid bills, our health, among other things, is a healthy habit that shows maturity and responsibility; this helps to make the best decision possible. Being worried about current affairs is understandable, and last year, we had a worldwide event that created so much stress on most adult populations. Still, constantly thinking about stressful things without trying to find a solution will overwhelm you; we have to learn to take a deep breath from time to time. I used to worry a lot in the past, especially about work and money-related stuff; when I have to deal with an important issue, I tend to think about it without finding a solution. In some cases, the solution isn't even on my hands; this drains my mental energy and puts a significant weight on my back. Minimalism helped me learn how to deal with stress in many things I'm able to control, such as reducing the number of possessions I own and have to take care of, I have no debt and managed to reduce my consumerism, so I don't worry about having the latest and shiniest new thing. Minimalism does help to reduce stress in many mid and long-term issues by not letting them even appear on the horizon, but we can't control everything and is the daily issues; in many cases, family or work-related that can become a faucet of stress. Here are my nine tips for handling stress on a day to day basis 1) Take a deep breath Before hyperventilating and going crazy, please stop, unplug everything that creates noise and amplifies a stressful situation, take a seat, close your eyes, and take as many deep breaths as possible. Focus on your breathing and envision something pleasing like a serene beach or a beautiful river surrounded by nature. You will be able to lower your stress dramatically to manage the stressful situation in the most assertive way possible. 2) Give context to the situation Worrying about something won't change a thing, and it will lower our energy and even disrupt our sleep schedule and quality; fatigue doesn't help to find a solution. In some cases, it is better to write down our concerns to address them when the time comes; you have something less in your mind. 3) Learn to say 'no.' Doing favors for others, such as family or friends, is ok. But saying yes to everything because we feel obligated or because people might think badly of you is a wrong move. If you have to deal with a chore that takes too much money and time or is something you don't feel comfortable doing, politely say no and explain your reasons, the other person should be understanding. 4) Your health and safety comes first Your body is a temple we have to take care of if a choice compromises or puts your well-being in danger; there's no other answer; put your health first. 5) Their expectations aren't yours Some people, especially family, always expect something from you or to be a certain way. If you disagree, you don't have to adjust yourself to their standards; you should always have the compass of your own life and destiny. 6) Dealing with things that are out of your control Sometimes, situations are too complex for you to deal with them; if you find yourself dealing with something way out of your capabilities, don't stress by demanding what you know can't fulfill. 7) Restart When your internet connection goes down, you restart your router, and usually, that fixes the issue; the same approach applies to life situations. So take a breath when working or dealing with a stressful problem. Sometimes we have to accept things didn't go as expected, so we can close the door and start from scratch. 8) Will this issue matter in the future When something stresses you out, ask yourself if it will still cause stress in 1, 5, or maybe 10 years; if your answer is no, stop worrying about it. 9) We can't worry about everything at once All problems aren't equal or have the same importance so that they won't demand the same response, toss away the less important quickly. 10) Turn the page Ultimately, you have to remember that some things won't change even if you worry or stress about them, sometimes for your physical, mental, and spiritual health is better to accept that you won't be able to change what stresses you out and turn the page. Living the now with the ones we love and care about is the most valuable thing we have while alive. I hope these simple tips help you learn how to deal with stress. Do you have any tips on how to deal with stressful situations? Please, share them in the comment section below. Follow my Pinterest

  • Tips to clean and organize a zero-waste fridge

    The most used appliance has got to be the fridge, whether you cook or not, the refrigerator is used many times over a single day to grab some drinks or snacks. A cluttered fridge is a chaotic and unpleasing sight not just for minimalists but for everyone; there's no better sensation than opening up a clean and organized fridge. Besides, keeping an organized fridge will help you eat better as you will be less likely to order take-out food, as you will use up most of your food, reducing waste along the way. Even though cleaning and organizing a fridge isn't the most exciting thing to do, you can do it once and then do a monthly maintenance routine. Check out these tips to keep your fridge organized and clean. Steps to clean and organize your fridge Some of the benefits of keeping a tidy fridge include making your time in the kitchen efficient, saving energy, reduce food waste, thus saving money. 1) Empty and clean your fridge You can't create an order without going through the mess, empty your fridge and freezer. It's essential to do this step because you'll also take advantage of this to check out all your food and toss all the items that are either expired or look bad. To clean your fridge and freezer, use a microfiber towel with soapy water (you can also search for natural cleaning recipes with vinegar on Pinterest). Then, clean all the interior, taking special care of corners tends to gather the most dirt. 2) Organize your food Now that your fridge is clean and you have the food to store, it is crucial to do it correctly. Most fridges have different cold areas; usually, the top spot is the least cold so that you can store things like yogurt, butter, and eggs. The middle and lower section has the best cooling system and is optimal to store meats and fish. An extra recommendation is to buy food without plastic bags or wrapping as little as possible to reduce waste. Always keep food with the shortest expiration date to the front. This way, you'll be reminded to use it before it goes bad. 3) Use the fridge drawers Most fridges feature drawers at the bottom; this space is ideal for fruits and vegetables. It is important to read how to store each product because they all have different requirements properly. Avoid storing produce like tomatoes, potatoes, bananas, and onions in the fridge; they keep better at room temperature. 4) Organize your fridge door All your bottles should go in this area, from drinks to sauces. The good idea is to place what you use the least frequently in the most visible area, and this is to remind you to use the product before it expires. 5) Get yourself acrylic organizers and glass containers To organize your food and save leftovers, it is necessary to have some acrylic organizers and BPA-free plastic or glass containers. Acrylic organizers such as; egg containers and storage bins are an excellent addition to your fridge, while glass containers are great to store any meat or food leftover. I included plastic containers in case you have children. Follow my Pinterest This post contains an affiliate link(s). As an affiliate, I may earn a small advertising /referral fee if you purchase through my link, without any extra cost to you, and it helps keep this little blog afloat. Thanks so much for your support!

  • 7 tips to buy healthy food on a budget

    There's a common misconception that eating healthy is expensive; the truth is, for the most part, it is the total opposite when you do it the right way. When you learn the tricks of grocery shopping while keeping a budget, you'll see the added benefits such as more nutritious food, which leads to a generally healthier body and mind, and in the long run, reduces doctor bills. The first step is to calculate how much money you have on average to buy food each month; if you don't even have a budget, it's time to take out all of your bills and create a list of all your expenses; without a budget, you'll lose your money. Once you identified your budget, I recommend you follow these tips to buy healthier choices while keeping within your budget; these tips apply to most economies. At first, these tips will feel oppressive, but after a while, you'll get used to this new spending habit and will never run out of food while reducing your food waste. Buy healthy food on a budget! 1) Plan your meals before shopping Internet is a wonderful tool that makes life much easier. Whatever diet you are on or want to save cash by eating healthy but affordable meals, you can Google pretty much everything. Pinterest is also a great option when it comes to recipes. Pick two to three meals, avoid the temptation of doing too many dishes at once, it might be overwhelming to keep track of all the items, and the cooking process will feel endless. I recommend going grocery shopping twice per month. This varies depending on how many members your household has. The rule of thumb is to try to go the least amount of times to the supermarket, not only you save time and reduce the temptation of buying something you don't need. 2) Make a shopping list I've mentioned this before many times. A shopping list is your guide to navigating through any store; it will help keep focus and search only for what you need. Once you have your plan and your two to three meals decided, write down all the ingredients you'll need to buy and go through your pantry, refrigerator, or freezer and put a check on all the stuff you already have; this tip helps avoid buying duplicates. Remember, when making this list, you are meal prepping for an entire day, so breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Even though some people prefer to eat two large meals (breakfast and lunch) to save money, it isn't the wisest choice as you might feel hungry at night. Don't forget to include some snacks, like fruit or nuts. These healthy options are great when you have a craving. 3) Eat something before Our mind is too powerful, mix that with a grumbling stomach, and it's a recipe to drain your budget. Make sure to eat something light before heading out; if your children go with you, have them eat something; if you don't, you are more likely to buy things you don't even need or are heavily processed! If you go grocer shopping after work, make sure to pack extra snacks or a sandwich to eat before; if hunger attacks when you already are there, grab a fruit or a small turkey sandwich, but stay away from sugary and processed products. 4) Make some time to go shopping People make time to watch tv, meet with friends, or do whatever, but when it comes to grocery shopping, everything is last minute and in a rush. If people were aware of their damage to their economy and health by not taking some time to educate themselves and become intelligent consumers. Manufacturers know this and take advantage of their consumers; they pay millions (if not billions) each year on ads, product placement, promotions, among other things, to tell you what you need, it's in your hands, showing you have control of your money. Depending on how much food you buy, I'll recommend separating 30 to 60 minutes of your time to shop without rushing through, making bad decisions. 5) Buy as natural as possible When picking your food, ask yourself if the product is highly processed; if you want to take care of your health is crucial to buy food as naturally as possible. Certain things can't be bought without any level of processing but as a general rule, try to buy items as close to nature as possible. 6) No sugary drinks Avoid putting in your shopping cart any sugary drinks, including juice, soda, energy drinks, among others. Not only do they add extra calories without filling you up, but they also cost a lot of money and create more waste. Nothing beats water, but you don't want to buy bottled water. Once again, thinking of the environment, get yourself a water filter that can easily be installed on your kitchen sink, on Amazon you can buy a Brita Faucet Water System for less than $30, with over 21k reviews this #1 seller is a great option. Healthier alternatives include getting a glass pitcher to fill it with water and sliced fruits of your preference. Other healthy drinks include tea and coffee without sugar. 7) Shop the perimeter This last tip might not apply to all supermarkets but is usually part of the general layout of these buildings. One reason is easier access to fresh food that needs to be switched more frequently, but typically produce, meat, cheese, bread, and other similar food is located within the perimeter. In the center section, you'll find all processed food and other items (like home decor, beauty products, office supplies, etc.) Your shopping shouldn't have more than 20% of the center area. Your health is essential, and it is never a good idea to be cheap with the stuff you consume as you get old; your body will pay the consequences of bad eating habits. With these tips, your budget won't suffer, and you'll be able to eat healthier and delicious meals at home. Follow my Pinterest This post contains an affiliate link(s). As an affiliate, I may earn a small advertising /referral fee if you purchase through my link, without any extra cost to you, and it helps keep this little blog afloat. Thanks so much for your support!

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