S is for Space

Join me on a journey towards a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Throughout November we will be exploring each category of the A-Z guide to a simple, sustainable and meaningful life. Today we’re looking at S… Space.

This guide has been written from the point of view of someone living with chronic illness but the topics and concepts discussed are relevant to everyone and anyone.

S is for Space

A simple and sustainable life is one with space for opportunity, reflection, and relaxation.

I have been trying to increase the space in our house by decluttering and removing excess stuff. That’s included creating a minimalist wardrobe (or close to it), and cutting back on items in the kitchen and open areas. This is an area that I’m constantly needing to work on. It’s especially difficult if you don’t have a policy in place for when new things enter the house.

Thanks to my illness, my calendar went from completely full and occasionally double booked to fairly open. I’ve learnt to aim to book only one or two activities a day so that I have space in my day to rest. This is an important tool in my ability to pace and minimise my symptoms.

We all need space to focus on ourselves so that we can discover what is meaningful to us and so that we can have room for impromptu activities as well. This can be done through meditations, putting aside time to have a mini-retreat, or simply removing activities from our calendar so we can be more flexible and open to new ideas.

Do you have space in your life?