THIS SERIES: SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE
If possession multiplies the amount of stress in our lives—see last post—then a good way of promoting rest is by enjoying things without owning them. And if debt is choking our lives then it makes sense to find low-cost, or free leisure activities.
We can start with our immediate locality. Talking to two young friends with small children, living in a beautiful coastal area, I was astounded to hear that they never went to the beach. Hours of free play available and they never utilised it! But how often is this the case? Many times the people who really enjoy our local facilities are visitors; we often just stop noticing and appreciating things which are very familiar.
Then there’s the sea shore, countryside, country parks, forests, canals and waterways—within reach of most, and potentially the source of hours of pleasure.
Why not learn a new skill, orienteering or bird-watching perhaps; take cycle rides or climb a mountain; paddle or make pebble creations on a river bank.
Or revive the ancient art of ‘picnicking’! From many recent conversations, it seems that this has gone out of fashion; and yet it is a much more budget–friendly way of eating out. Not to mention that food seems to taste better when eaten outside!
And different County Councils, Regions and National Parks often have stimulating ideas:
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