Amish lifestyle 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 God
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 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 strong 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.
Be A Part Of Your Community
Reaching out for your community is one of the best things you can do. Most people don’t even know their neighbors. At least try to know a few people in your community, give dinner to a homeless person, or just simply be polite to people.
Most people try so hard to keep up with the latest fashion. That can be exhausting. Dressing simple not only helps to save tons of money that could be utilized somewhere else, but it also allows us to be more comfortable with our true selves. One of the main steps towards leading a simple lifestyle is eliminating the complication from your way of dressing.
Live on less
Setting a budget and cutting out most of the unnecessary expenses from your life can sound challenging. But it is so worth it. Try to be happy with fewer things and you will realize that there were so many things you never needed in the first place. When you desire less, life gets simpler without much effort. You will also realize you are becoming happier without having to climb a thousand mountains.
By taking some of these steps, if not all, you can live a more simplified life. Remember to pass on the same practices and traditions to your children. These principles from the Amish can help not only you but also many generations to come in designing a life that is happy and simplified.
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