5 ways to live your best life / by Lisa Nguyen

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At ENOUGH, we’re always on the lookout for ways to make our lives better and more enjoyable. We believe that happiness is not a finite resource; we can make changes in our lives to create more happiness for ourselves and also give as much happiness to those in our lives and community too.

We’ve put together a list of 5 simple ways to live your best life (it was tough whittling it down to 5 - we’ll be sure to share more tips in the future). These are all small, micro changes and can be done on a minimal budget and with little effort.

  1. Minimalism.
    We’ve expanded on our approach towards minimalism in our blog “The 30 Day Minimalism Game”, but we are true advocates of minimalist living. We believe that our modern lives are focused on overconsumption; whether it be the food we eat, the clothes we buy, and even the way we binge watch TV series - it’s all about getting things quickly and in large volumes. Living this way means we’ve managed to accumulate a lot of stuff that clutters our lives physically but can also be really emotionally taxing. We encourage you to live with less by asking yourself if you really need what you’re about to buy or consume, or whether it’s just a want. You’ll be surprised at the deep sense of freedom you’ll find by letting go of material possessions and becoming rich in experiences instead.

  2. Going chemical-free.
    Now this is probably the hardest out of these five ways to live your best life as it requires you to make a monetary investment. The first step is to make a plan. Don’t go and throw out every chemical product you can find in your house - replacing it will cost you a fortune. Start by making a list of what chemicals you use in your home on a daily basis. This includes cleaning materials, make-up, skin care and food items too. Secondly, do your research and find sustainable and organic products that work for you. You’ll be surprised at the breadth of products that is actually on the market these days, or even the amount of DIY cleaners and beauty products that you can make at home from simple, natural ingredients. Finally, make a plan to phase these products out gradually. Perhaps you want to start by buying organic and cruelty-free groceries, before replacing all the cleaning products, and then looking into your beauty products. Remember this is a lifestyle change and you shouldn't expect to make it overnight.

  3. Look for the positives!
    It might sound silly, but you can actually train your brain to look for the positives in situations, as opposed to the negatives. Just like playing the piano or learning a new language, practice is essential. A great way to help train the brain for the better is to think of three positive things that happened to you during the day before getting into bed each night. Creating and practicing this habit will strengthen your ability to naturally start looking for those small wins during the day and you’ll start noticing more of the positives you may have missed previously.

  4. Get into nature.
    At ENOUGH, we’re big fans of taking a break and getting outside whenever we can. Mother Earth is so magnanimous in her beauty and getting out and taking a moment of silence in her presence is incredibly beneficial. Make a conscious effort to go for a 20 minute walk each day surrounded by as much greenery as you can, or even better, get out of the city on the weekends and get off the beaten track. You’ll be surprised at how much more energetic and relaxed you’ll feel by getting additional exposure to natural light and fresh air. Make it a truly immersive experience by putting down your phone and soak in what nature has to offer.

  5. Slow it right down.
    We hate this “disease of busyness” that people seem to have these days! Everyone seems to always be rushing - whether it’s deadlines, getting to dinner, getting the latest gadget - it’s all too much. It’s so important to plan personal time off with the same level of intentionality that we use for our professional lives. Putting you first and looking after your basic need for rest is so important, don’t let it be the last thing on your list.

If you have questions about the above or just want to talk to us more about how you could live your best life, come into the salon and have a chat. We’re also keen to swap stories and talk about how we can best support ourselves and our community.