Life can be tough. It can be fast moving or desperately slow. Sometimes we feel like we have all our ducks lined up in a row, at others, we feel like (and this is one of my favourite quotes) squirrels at a rave.

In a world where so much emphasis is on doing it right, getting it right, perfection in some shape or form, it’s very easy to feel under the cosh and that at any given moment, the plates we are all spinning are going to come crashing down!

In these moments, it is really important to look at what ways we can make life easier for ourselves. How do we do this? What are some of the things that we can choose to do (or not do) when we’re up against it?

5 simple ways to make life easier.

  1. Cooking a large amount of something that you can then reheat and eat again the next day. IT DOESN’T MATTER IF YOU EAT THE SAME MEAL TWICE.
  • Prioritise tasks. What are the things that absolutely HAVE to be done right now and what can be put back a while until life is slightly calmer?
  • Kids activities. Yes, it’s wonderful that they do all these extracurricular activities but if they miss it for one week because you can’t pick them up or arrange a lift, it is NOT the end of the world.
  • A freezer dinner. Fish fingers and chips or a similar alternative is not going to result in malnutrition if you don’t have the time or energy to cook one evening. Children of the 70s are still here to tell the tale!
  • Social commitments. You’re not being a miserable friend by turning down social invitations at times when you are up against it. Keeping the diary relatively free when life is feeling chaotic gives us breathing space to do the day-to-day things that lessen the chaos.

Obviously, the list could go on and on, but just by being aware of some of the things that can make our lives easier at times of stress or chaos, can help us feel more in control and less overwhelmed.

Keep a reminder somewhere.

It’s not daft to create your own list and keep it somewhere for reference in those times. Just a reminder of where you can take your foot off the gas or put down one of those spinning plates and feel less like a raving squirrel!