17 Ways to Make Your Life Light and Easy

by Tess

light and easy

Are you feeling stressed, worried and fearful? If so, it's time to do something about it. You have the power to make the choices that can take your life from a place of difficulty and heaviness to a place of lightness and ease. 

You have the power to be present and create the life that you love. There will always be trying times. Yet, most of the time, we can be free from turmoil and stress. We can be happy and free. 

1. Stop spending money you don't have. If you can't stop, get help at Debtor's Anonymous. It's the only way to freedom.

2. Take control of your time. Get up an hour earlier. Shut off distractions. Delegate what you can. Do more of what you love to do and less of what you don't enjoy. 

3. Have fun. I picked up my granddaughter at the airport this morning. She used to visit us four times a year. Now, she attends college and this is her first visit in 14 months. My fun meter is running.

4. Journal daily. Write down what you are grateful for. Write down what you are tempted to project onto others. Write down your issues. Surrender.

5. Live simply. Give up overindulgence in anything. Rush less, breathe more. Do less, relax more. Expect less, share more. Complain less, listen more. You get the drift.  

6. Eat real food. Learn to associate fresh fruits, vegetables and water with health. Learn to associate, fried foods, fatty foods and sugar with dis-ease. Juice. My green juice tastes like I'm eating a garden! Reprogram your mind in order to improve your health. If not now, when?

7. Turn "I have to" into "I get to". Catch yourself when you say things like, "I have to study." "I have to pick up the kids." "I have to visit my family." Instead use, "I get to." "I get to study." "I get to pick up the kids." "I get to visit my family." These few words take you from feeling dread and obligation to feeling privileged and grateful. Amazingly simple!

8. Stop judging others. We don't know what is right for someone else. My lessons are mine and your lessons are unique to you. Look for the light and perfection in the people who push your buttons. Everyone is worthy of acceptance exactly as they are in this moment. Acceptance brings unity and joy.

9. Be willing to change. Not out of correction but out of preference and desire. We often want our lives to be different but we aren't willing to do what it takes. My friend, Jacob Glass, says to take penguin steps. That's it. If you want to live with ease, take a small step forward every day. All real change is slow. 

10. Stop beating yourself up. Forgive yourself. Be gentle with yourself. Smile at yourself in the mirror. Think well of yourself. Find three things to congratulate yourself for every day.

11. Be generous. Neal Donald Walsch says, "When you feel lack it's necessary to give what you have and want more of to a person who has less." I dare you to try that! Practice giving without strings attached. Give anonymously.

12. Free your mind from the past. Forgive yourself and forgive others. 

13. Live a life of no regrets. Do what you need to do. Stop doing what's unnecessary. Learn to listen to your intuition or your internal guide when you need answers to difficult questions.

14. Be courageous, be bold. Stand for something. Speak your truth. Take a risk. This is your life. Make good use of your time. If you're not stretching, you're not growing. It's difficult to live in a comfort zone at all times.

15. Have integrity. Do the right thing, especially when nobody is looking. The stronger your fear, the closer you are to your truth. Live your truth. Walk your talk. 

16. Get off the pity pot. It stinks! Be of service. Find one person to help every day. Give a smile, give an hour of your time and give a helping hand. 

17. Take action. Reread this article and choose one step. Begin today. It's one thing to read this information. In order to make your life light and easy you have to take action. 

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Galen Pearl February 26, 2013 at 10:09 am

I love reading a list of excellent suggestions like this and then realizing that I already do all or most of them! Wow. What a great way to start my day! And you are absolutely right–these practices do lead to a light and easy life.
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Tess February 26, 2013 at 4:22 pm

That doesn’t surprise me! Keep growin’ forward! xo


Anne-Sophie February 26, 2013 at 12:52 pm

I love #7: Turn “I have to” into “I get to” as we complain so much, don’t we? But really, life is amazing and we get to do so many great things. This simple shift in mindset will do a lot for your overall happiness and even health. Thanks for this great post!


Tess February 26, 2013 at 4:25 pm


Complaining is looking at the glass half empty. I’ve worked hard on complaining less and when I catch myself I know I need to change my thoughts, emotions and energy. I forget I’m in charge for making the choices I’ve made…so what’ to complain about;)


Frank Anderson February 26, 2013 at 5:05 pm

That’s a good list….but Number one is so hard!
Also, number 2 is difficult when you have responsibilities to other people that require your time. Just takes a bit more planning and organization i guess.
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David Stevens February 26, 2013 at 5:35 pm

Hi Tess,
They are all fine ideas…can’t pick a standout…they all deserve that title.
Be good to yourself
Life Coach. Listener. Life Lover.
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Chris Akins February 26, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Fantastic list. Every single point is personally relevant. One thing I would add is to self reflect, get in touch with, and live according to your core values (maybe that’s three?!).

I think we are programmed to live according to the values of our family, society, culture. When these values do not align with our own, we become unhappy and lose meaning and purpose. We may not even realize why we are unhappy until we drop all the programmed pretenses and accept ourselves for who we are, and embrace our own values.

Once we start living meaningful, purposeful lives, life becomes more enjoyable and far less tedious.

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Elle February 27, 2013 at 6:45 am

I’m a sucker for lists like this Tess…and no-one puts them together quite like you. As Galen says, it’s a surprise to discover how many of them are now a natural part of life and I especially like I don’t have to, I get to. That’s really valuable for keeping good things coming in life.

Love Elle
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Cathy Taughinbaugh March 2, 2013 at 8:44 am

I love all the suggestions, Tess. “Live a life of no regrets” is one that stood out. Most of your suggestions ring true for me. This is a great list. Another one that should be printed out and hung where you can see it everyday! Enjoy!
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rachid March 3, 2013 at 2:19 pm

My tips :
In order to Make Your Life Light and Easy Decide what is important. Take a step back and think about what’s important to you. What do you really want to be doing, who do you want to spend your time with, what do you want to accomplish with your work? Make a short list of 4-5 things for your life, 4-5 people you want to spend time with, 4-5 things you’d like to accomplish at work.
Great post thank you so much for these useful tips .


Pamela February 4, 2014 at 1:05 am

All great tips~ #8 is so important, as well as difficult. It’s easy to think we have all the answers when really we have no idea what other people have going on. Remembering that everyone has struggles and pain can really help ease frustrations and improve empathy.
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