Simplicity Day 2020

12th July

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Health Assured team

26 June 2020

“In proportion as he simplifies his life, the laws of the universe will appear less complex, and solitude will not be solitude, nor poverty poverty, nor weakness s” - Henry David Thoreau


On the 12th July 2020, we acknowledge National Simplicity Day - the annual campaign that asks us all the take a step back from our hectic lives and live in the moment.


Meaning behind National Simplicity Day

National Simplicity Day was founded in honour of Henry David Thoreau - who shares the same birthday as the wellbeing event. Thoreau was an author, naturalist, philosopher and historian and was involved in the early transcendentalist movement in the United States.


At its core, transcendentalism is a philosophical belief that by nature, all humans are inherently good. While it’s acknowledged that society and institutions have the ability to corrupt an individual, transcendentalists believe that people are at their best when truly self-reliant and independent.


How do I celebrate the day?

It may sound like a simple premise, but for some people, taking time out of their busy routine is not a simple task. In the age of social media, smartphones and 24/7 news, there are multiple ways for us to be contacted or distracted at any given time.


Pausing your life for a brief moment and taking a breath can do wonders for your emotional wellbeing. Here, we have listed a few tips on how to observe National Simplicity Day in a way that is meaningful to you:


  • Educate yourself: New to the concept of simplifying your life? Spend a couple of hours researching Henry David Thoreau, transcendentalism and the history of the event.
  • The important things: What’s important in your life? Make a note of all the things that are the most meaningful to you e.g. family, friends, pets. Then think about how much time do you dedicate to those things versus the time you spend on less rewarding activities such as browsing through social media.
  • Impulse buying: Do you tend to buy non-essential items on a whim? If so, write a list before a shopping trip. If it’s not on the list, don’t buy it.
  • Unplug yourself: How long do you go without checking your phone or personal device? Embrace the simple life by putting down your phone and explore the outdoors. Even an afternoon in the garden can help you detach yourself from the stressors of the normal routine.


The benefits of simplicity

Living a simpler existence has numerous benefits to your emotional, financial and physical wellbeing. Here are just a few of them:


  • Improved finances: By buying less non-essential times, you will have more funds to spend on the things that are meaningful to you.
  • Health boost: The more simple you make your life, the less likely you will become stressed. Excessive stress levels can often lead to health ailments such as high blood pressure, fatigue and migraines.
  • More freedom: By spending less time worrying about the non-essential aspects of your life, you will be free from stress triggers and be able to enjoy life’s simple joys, e.g. spending time with loved ones, long walks etc.


In summary, National Simplicity Day isn’t about completely changing your life. It’s an opportunity to reflect on what’s important to you and to explore the lifestyle alterations you can make to get the most out of these parts of your life.



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