F is for Freedom

To live Freely… what does this mean to you?

13 March 2020

FREEDOM: We all want it, but we don’t always make the right changes in our habits and lifestyle in order get it. We repeat the same old routines and keep living a life of constant worries, complexity, stress and illusion.

We can’t have freedom if we live a complicated life. We’re overburdened with stuff we don’t even use, have too many things on our mind, worry about the future and have regrets and doubts. All this prevents us from living the way we want and being free to do whatever we want.

One of the main things that stops us from living feely is OVERTHINKING’

Overthinking is a habit that consumes your energy, disables your ability to make decisions, and puts you on a loop of thinking and thinking over and again.

This is a kind of thinking that wastes your time and energy and prevents you from acting, doing new things and making progress in your life.

Overthinking creates worry, anxiety and lack of inner peace.

When you don’t overthink, you become more efficient, more peaceful and more happy

Psychologists have found that over-thinking can be detrimental to performance, and lead to anxiety and depression.

I recently found these notes from an article I read some time ago. Unfortunately I don’t recall the author.  When I was going through my own stress, I  incorporated many of these strategies into my own life with monumental impact.  This is why I wanted to share them with you as I believe they apply to everyone.

Steps you can take in order to live life freely:

DO IT OR DITCH IT! Get it out of your head and onto paper. Write a list of the things that are burning your energy and BE DECISIVE.  Either do something about it and create an action plan or ditch it and erase it from your mind.  This will make you feel a whole lot better… And even better tick it off when it is done and you can see your achievements

DITCH EXPECTATIONS: We expect so many things, all the time. And when they don’t turn out the way we want, we feel disappointed. As a result, we lose hope. We need realise that expectations are unrealistic. We want people to act in a certain way, we want events to turn out the way we see them, we want our plans to work. The chances are something else will happen. We should learn to accept and adapt and that will save us so much stress and so many worries.

SIMPLIFY: Remove complications: The answer lies in simplicity. Throw away all the things you haven’t used in the last few months, spend less time with negative people, have fewer tasks during the day, let go of fears, worries and overthinking. It takes time, but is totally worth it. Only when you get rid of the unessential, will you hand have space for new pleasant experiences.

LIVE IN THE NOW: The past is gone and the future is uncertain. Why do we keep going back to what was? We need to make the best of it, and when it’s gone to let it go so that we can fully experience the next moment.
After all, life is a series of present moments. Knowing how to focus on each one and appreciate it is the answer to having a life full of happiness and peace. Life quickly passes us by and when you don’t live in the now so many things are missed and not appreciated.

LET GO OF CONTROL: Almost everyone feels the need to control everything. We put too much emphasis on making plans and strategies. But In the end, control is an illusion. What we need to do is embrace insecurity, live each moment knowing that the next one is going to be better. But even if it’s not we’ll be alright. We can still live freely and happily no matter what happens. We just need to learn to let go of what was, enjoy what is and accept what will be.

YOU DON’T NEED TO GET IT ALL DONE: We are too obsessed with the idea of productivity and want to get too many things done fast. That’s why our to-do lists get bigger and bigger every day and completing them becomes an experience we dread. These things are what we think must be done or what we’re supposed to do. Change how you see this. It only matters if you feel accomplished at the end of the day, if you feel that what you’ve done is essential and have made a difference in your or someone else’s life.Remember the important and meaningful things in life are not considered productive—spending quality time with our loved ones, watching the sunset, playing with our pet, laughing, taking photos of precious moments.

If you only choose one of these tips and apply to your life from today you will soon be able to reflect on the positive impact this will have in your life.




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Lisa Vescio