Even doing something small can make a difference – hence the benefits of basics in every area.
- Every day is a chance to begin anew
- Starting over doesn’t have to feel bad
- The basics are a great place to start
Basics of Life
If you’ve ever suffered from depression, you have probably had well-meaning people tell you what to do. But sometimes you are at rock bottom, and are just going to have to start over. Where can you begin? Some very basic basics.
If you’re very stuck where you are, do a quick survey of what you feel like, and read up on spoon theory. It’s a handy explanation for those with chronic illness, and depression takes its toll in a similar way. Really see where you are, and recognize if you’re hurting that you might need to see a professional. Make taking care of yourself physically and mentally a priority as you start again.
A Basic Wardrobe
If you’re really struggling with stress from work, life, and everything, consider simplifying your wardrobe. If your job has a dress code, figure it out, and then literally wear the same outfit daily, as if you were Mark Zuckerberg, except maybe without the hoodie.
For professional offices, consider the same cut of outfit and just change a shirt or blouse daily. This eliminates the need for standing in the closet or in front of drawers wasting time and energy that could be spent on something else. It’s one of the benefits of basics – in clothes and life.
It cannot be stressed enough that you need to feed your body well. It can be as easy as following a plan your doctor lays out, or as complicated as paying attention to what makes your body feel its energetic best and following that plan. The benefits of supplying your body with fresh, nutritionally-dense, vitamin-packed foods is undeniable and it can make a world of difference in how you feel, and what your outlook is like.
It also can help your psyche to know that you’re doing your very best for yourself. Sometimes you feel like you may be the only one who cares about yourself and your happiness. So you owe it to yourself to take the best care of yourself that you can.
Whether you suffer from a debilitating illness or not, you should be taking stock of where you are, so that if there are problems you can act instead of react. So, as you’re saving your energy to really spend it where you need it, think about saving your money, too. A Solo 401(k) or Self-Directed IRA can help you with retirement funding and you can direct your investments yourself.
It’s important to have a basic understanding of your money and how it works for you. Get yourself a basic account for your paycheck to go into each week. If you’ve already got one, get a checking account set up to pay bills, but continue putting money in your savings account with every check.
Beyond the Basics
The benefits of basics are that you can automate your wardrobe and your savings. You can semi-automate your shopping, with delivery services and repeat orders of fresh, nutritious fruits, vegetables, and foods. Taking advantage of what the present has to offer can make a big difference. Just make sure you are taking care of yourself, your health, and your future.