20 Ways to Embrace Lifestyle Deflation Without Deprivation

Ways to Embrace Lifestyle Deflation Without Deprivation

If you want to reset and reevaluate not only your money but what your life will be after the pandemic, there are ways to bring it all into balance without feeling deprived.As you progressed in your career, perhaps you upgraded different parts of your life. You worked hard, and every dollar you earned was a new opportunity to support yourself.

As you made more money, you probably bought more things.

The pandemic dramatically and immediately changed the speed of our treadmill. You can choose to permanently slow it down and live a more simple life now and in the future.  Let’s look at 20 ways to nudge your mindset in a new direction.

1. Enough Relationships

Does that mean 50 friends or five close friends? A professional inner circle of 5 people or 5,000 Instagram followers? A group that goes to brunch every week? What do enough relationships look like to you? If you spread yourself too thin socially, you won’t have enough time for the most important people in your life.

2. Enough Money

With so many Americans struggling financially, it’s hard to pause and think about what enough money would mean to you. Is it to pay all bills every month? Pay off all your debt? To pay for higher education? Is it enough when you can become financially independent and retire early? What “enough” means will vary from person to person.

3. Enough Novelty

Shopping and buying are so convenient today that it’s easy to get that “high” from buying the newest gadget, exciting toy, or clearance item. If you buy too much, it might be a coping mechanism. If you like variety and often buy new things, but want to live a minimalist lifestyle, borrow things instead of buying them.

4. Enough Experiences

Traveling and exploring can be life-changing and is a priority for a lot of people. You can still cut back the amount of money and time you’re spending without feeling deprived. Whether you cut back on the number of vacations, or you take a year or start to look for travel deals.

5. Enough Fame, Prestige, or Power

Many people strive to be revered. Do you want to be seen as an expert? In Sweden, the idea of having enough is so engrained it has its own word – lagom. Lagom doesn’t have an exact translation into English, but it roughly means just the right amount. Lagom isn’t about deprivation. It’s about finding balance.

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