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Amish lifestyles is regulated by practices that limits the use of technology, and other traditions that contribute to a simple lifestyle. Most of us cannot accept all the practices of Amish, but some of them really teach us to slow down and focus on other important things of life. Simple and uncomplicated is the equivalent to less stress, and time to really appreciate life. Let’s look at some ways we can lead a simple lifestyle like the Amish.
Turn Off The TV
Most Amish communities do not use electricity. Now, this one is quite difficult to adapt. But switching off your TV actually gives more time to do other activities. Like enjoying outdoor activities and connecting with nature and people. It also gives more time to complete those tasks that we keep on hold. You know, those tasks that make you feel like the entire planet is sitting on your head, until you get them done. On a very frugal note, watching less TV can help reduce your electricity bill.
Spend Time Outdoors
It can be quite easy to spend a lot of time indoors and any outdoors. Going outside is a pretty healthy practice. Going for a walk, gardening or maybe just sitting on your porch, while listening to birds can turn an awful day into an awesome one. Nature is a proven stress reliever. So soak up sun, or play in the snow.
Have Faith In Your Creator
In this world, we get so frustrated over so many issues around us, resulting in psychological disturbance. Having faith in your creator, and knowing that a higher being that a higher being is there to look to can eliminate a lot of worries. The Amish believe that your worries start when you start to exercise a little faith in your Creator. You will start to let go of things that keep bothering you and eventually find peace.
Strong Family Bonds
Daily lifestyle activities and work commitments can make it hard to find time to spend with your family. But time spent with your family should be a priority too. So add family time to your list of important activities, as this will forge closer relationships. And having a strong family bond is nice. The Amish lifestyle is has a strong foundation that is not only built on Godliness and simpleness. A string family unit plays a major in their lifestyle. Having supportive family members will remind you that you are not alone in challenging times. Try spending more time with your family, help them in chores, and reach out to the elderly.
One of the reasons why most Amish communities do not use cars and modern transportation, is that they do not want to be moving too fast. Slow down your activities, and be mindful about your existence. Do not always try to rush through your chores and work. Being mindful will help you find your work duties less challenging, help you to enjoy the simple pleasures in life, and be grateful for being alive.
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