5 Ways to Live Simply During Hard Times

Mandy Murphy
3 min readOct 24, 2020

Letting go of what you can’t control and responding to what you can is pivotal during hard times.

1. Say no. Placing boundaries in our lives allows us to respond properly to what we CAN control — but also shifts our lives to a more purposeful and meaningful journey.

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2. Be mindful. Every single person on the planet is struggling to some degree during these hard times. I have to remind myself and my children of this often. If we ever needed to give ourselves a break — it is now, more than ever. Mindfulness has helped me validate not only my feelings but the feelings of others as well. They are not ignored nor do they disappear, but grasped so that I can be a better version of me and be present in the midst of chaos.

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3. Be with nature. Getting outdoors during hard times allows our senses to be stimulated, yet balanced. We recently took our family camping along the plateau in Tennessee. This was a much needed time to be outdoors with the season changing. There are several simple things that you can do to bring the outdoors in your life more. 20 Ways to Bring the Outdoors into Your Life

The Norwegians believe that there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing. So, bundle up, grab yourself your favorite hot drink and get outside!

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4. Get cozy. This is my mantra and my central focus no matter where I am — home, work, hospital, camping, traveling, visiting a loved one — this warm energy provides comfort. Coziness is a state of mind that makes us feel safe, content, and at peace. It is a time for recovery and relaxation. It is all things that comfort you. I love listening to music of many different genres — soft instrumental jazz adds to that ‘coziness’ feel.

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Mandy Murphy
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Interventionist and Cozy Life Enthusiast