Resources for Making Life Easier
by Beth Davis
Life's challenges are hard, no matter who you are or what you're facing. Whether it's everyday struggles you're working to overcome like setting up and executing against your financial plan, getting to work on time every day, working on side projects, going to school, networking, keeping healthy hobbies, maintaining friendships and a family life, keeping a clean home, organizing holidays and planning weekend trips, eating a nutritional diet, and on and on and on. Complacency and comfort have their times to be enjoyed and appreciated, but it's not the rhythm of life most experience on the daily. Let's look at a few key pieces of infrastructure to implement into your life to make things a bit easier.
1. Safety, structure, and security. This comes in a variety of applications, from people to places to things and thoughts and emotions in place. People as part of a security and structure system provide consistency, reliability, love, friendship, and communication. Having a routine of places you regularly visit such as a local coffee shop, favorite restaurant, favorite grocery store, a beautiful park, a movie theater you enjoy frequenting, a local hobby store, and more that fit the lifestyle you want to create for yourself, provides a base of commonality and consistency, familiarity and regularity in an otherwise swiftly and ever-changing world. Planning your free time out leaves no time for otherwise challenging decisions on what to do, and having routines and regular places to visit provides a foundation of stability and security throughout life. Having a safe and secure home and home life is an underlying foundational requirement of living a good life, as we need to feel good about where we're sleeping at night.
2. Key people. Having a best friend, or circle of close friends, a trustworthy co-worker, great boss, a loving and healthy relationship with your life partner/spouse/significant companion, and someone like a therapist or a life coach is a crucial piece of life's infrastructure, especially when life gets tough. Simply having someone to talk with and bounce ideas, thoughts, and feelings off of, or sit in peaceful silence with is one of the most heartwarming and pure things in life. Doing life together with another human that has your best interests at heart, as you have theirs, can be one of the best things in the life of most people, for years and years. If you don't have someone that is this for you currently, whether you're looking for a best friend in LA or a life coach in NYC, chances are, you can find who you're needing in your life, exactly when you need them, and they need you.
3. Healthy habits. From drinking plenty of water each day and eating healthy to journaling, exercising, following through with commitments, maintaining good hygiene, managing your finances well and keeping a generally healthy outlook on life, keeping healthy habits is something that many struggle to achieve a balance of, but always strive to. Our habits make us who we are, and having strong, healthy and beneficial habits creates a life of positive and forwardly progressing disciplined actions and results.
Putting structure, safety, healthy habits and key people in your life to reduce the number of decisions to be made when there is free time or a precarious scenario can be the difference between moving towards your goals, or away from them. These, mixed with healthy habits, close friends and trusted loved ones, having a life coach or spiritual advisor, and having a foundation of discipline and routine make life easier to progress forward in, especially in times of challenge and uncertainty. Putting a strong foundation together for yourself might seem daunting at first, but take it one step at a time, and soon enough, you'll have a solid structure in place.