If you’re reading this blog, then it’s probably a pretty safe bet that you’re more interested in living a simple, old-fashioned lifestyle with less stress, clutter and more self-sufficiency. I personally feel like that’s something that our society needs a bit more of.
However, it seems like every time I say something like that, there is someone on the sidelines who quips about how most people tend to look at the past through a rosy glass, and that things weren’t really all that great. Women’s rights are a wonderful thing, and I love my smartphone, thank you very much. But, I would like to argue that there are ways to live an old fashioned life without taking too many steps backwards.
1. Live simply
This is probably the most, well, simple thing on my list. I actually wrote an article with tips on how to live simply which you should definitely check out. Basically, it all comes down to being patient, thinking ahead and taking things one step at a time.
2. Practice old-fashioned values
This means something different to everyone, so I’m not going to give you a cut-and-dry list of what old-fashioned values and morals are. For some people, it’s things like holding doors for ladies and helping others. For some it’s spending more quality time with family. Others simply say it’s being respectful. Practicing these values and instilling them in your children is a great step to living a more old-fashioned lifestyle.
3. Be as self-sufficient as you can
Not everyone has the space for livestock, the ability to garden and can all summer long or the desire to make all your own clothes. The trick is to know what you can and are willing to do, and then do that. Even the little things will help, and you’ll be surprised how much better you feel (and how much money you’ll likely save) by being even a little self-sufficient. If nothing else, learn how to cook things from scratch for a bit more self-sufficient.
4. Give others your time
When you think about old fashioned livestyles, you probably picture large families and close-knit communities. This is because everyone had to rely on each other to make it through. Other people were extremely important to survival, but with all of the technological distractions it’s easy to forget about that. Start living more old-fashioned by shutting off those electronics and paying attention to the people around you to form bonds with neighbors and family.
5. Go outside
With all of the modern conveniences and luxuries like the Internet and air conditioning, it can be tempting to stay inside way more than you should. However, you’d be amazed how much better you’ll feel simply by spending a bit more time outside! Get away from all of those distractions and enjoy the great outdoors!
6. Work hard
I love technology just as much as anyone else, so when I say ‘work hard’ I am not saying that you need to use a scythe to mow your lawn instead of a lawnmower (unless that’s your thing). Instead, what I mean is to throw yourself wholeheartedly into everything you do and do it to the best of your ability. Not only will you feel better about yourself and your work, but you’ll finish faster and probably have better results. Always work hard and know when to relax.
7. Manage your time
This is the biggest thing for most people; time management. A lot of people trying to be ‘old fashioned’ will tell you that you should get rid of most of your technology. I argue, instead, that you simply need to limit your use of it. Find some non-technological hobbies or spend more time with friends.
Do you have any tips for living a more old-fashioned lifestyle? Share with me in the comments!