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10 Things We Need More of

10 Things We Need More of

“Less is more” is one of those phrases that I feel I need a map to. Let’s focus instead on when more is more. When more is better. When words mean what they actually mean. I’m going to hand this over to Mike Burns from The Other Side Of Complexity now because it’s getting confusing:

So, does less=more or not? It depends on who you ask and what you mean. Some people get borderline angry when they hear that phrase. To them, it feels unrealistic, naive, and just plain untrue. I can relate. Unrealistic idealism can be frustrating. I, personally, like the phrase. But that’s because of how I define it. You can read my thoughts on What We Mean When We Say “Less is More” here.

In general, I’m a “Less is more” fan. But I would quickly admit that less isn’t alwaysmore. There are times when it doesn’t apply. That’s not hypocrisy. It just represents a different way of looking at it. It’s not a consistent goal to attain. Rather, it’s a tool to be used to accomplish a purpose. And, at times, LESS isn’t the best tool.

Here are a few things we need MORE of:

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More love.

The feelings and the actions. The emotion and the proof. There isn’t enough. Less isn’t more in this area. Let’s nurture our hearts and cultivate a more loving environment wherever we go.

More pursuit of passions.

We don’t always get to spend our time doing exactly what we want to do. But life is too short to surrender to misery. We need to figure out what we love and start going for it, with whatever time and resources we have available to us.

More time with friends & family.

Play games, watch movies, read books, prepare meals, write letters, dance, sing, make videos, talk, go for a walk, listen to music, drink coffee, Skype. Relationships are what will matter to us over the long haul.

More patience.

We don’t always get it right. We want second chances when we don’t. So let’s give that same opportunity to others. We are all evolving and learning. We have to understand that. The people around you aren’t “stupid”. They’re just focusing on different areas than you. Chill out. When you’re tempted to get frustrated with someone else, remind yourself of the things that you are still working on.

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More respect.

Our opinion is not the only opinion. We need to be more careful about how we criticize and demonize people “on the other side” of whatever issue we’re discussing. Really listen to them. Hear what they’re saying. Try to understand their heart on the issue. If we could have more respect for each other, we might actually make progress on the issues instead of just fighting.

More art.

Make something. You can do it. Paint or build or sew or draw or record or film or capture or write or do something where you express yourself. Make something out of nothing. Make something out of something else. We need more art.

More learning.

We get stale when we just repeat the same information month after month and year after year. Life is more exciting when we are pursuing new information and learning. It’s tough when we lose our awe and wonder at all that’s around us. Read a book, surf YouTube, etc.

More rest.

Our resources are limited. We sometimes get so busy driving that we don’t take time to pull over for gas. That never works out well. It can be hard sometimes. If you’re motivated to do things, you may find yourself having to push the reset button in this area often. When those times come, push it! We have to have “down time” so we can recharge.

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More physical things that you need.

Sometimes we actually DO need more stuff. Having the right tools can make all the difference in the world. I’m no carpenter or handyman, but I’ve done my share of projects around the house. Sometimes, the difference between a quick, painless project and an all-day, frustrating bout of misery is just a simple tool. In those moments, buy it. The RIGHT stuff actually makes things easier and helps you have free time for your passions.

I understand that we’re just playing with words right now. “More rest” could have been stated “Do less”. It’s not the terminology that’s important. It’s what it means to us.

For me, the point is to “Live Well”. I want to eliminate the unnecessary so I can focus on what’s most important. I don’t want to be a snob.

Let’s get rid of clutter in our lives so we can have MORE of what we love and want to do.

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Mike Burns blogs about living well and focusing on what’s most important at theothersideofcomplexity.com.  He has also written books about decluttering. You can connect with him on Twitter (@mikemikeburns) and Facebook (facebook.com/theothersideofcomplexity).

When Less Isn’t More | The Other Side Of Complexity

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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