I haven’t been to the gym in over six months, I eat most of my vegetables from a can and my pantry is in the back of a 4WD.
I live in a caravan smaller than a single bedroom and all of my clothes fit into a plastic tub from Bunnings.
In the mornings I have to walk outside to find the bathroom or do my business in the bush.
It’s also not uncommon for a week to pass between showers.
You want to know something else?
I feel healthier and happier than I’ve ever been. So what’s the secret?
Keep things simple
I may have learnt a lot about health and wellbeing from books, but the bush has certainly taught me a thing or two about living a fulfilled and healthy life.
Being on the road for over six months has slowed me down to a pace where I can clearly see that life really is only as hard as you make it.
Do you want to start feeling ‘you beaut’ without a care in the world? Check out these 10 simple tips.
Take your time
We cook on a stove rather than a microwave, boil our water over a fire to have showers from a bucket and even dig our own holes to go to the loo. Anything worth having or doing takes time, energy and patience. Just do what you’ve got to do and stop complaining. It’s when you rush things that you make mistakes, so save the hassle and slow down.
Getting the fire going so we can cook dinner and have hot water for a shower.
Un-clutter your cupboards and your life
Seriously, how many saucepans do you need in your kitchen? Are you really going to re-read old magazines? How many clothes sit unworn in your closet? I was a massive hoarder, believing objects will come in handy at some stage – they never do. Do yourself a favour and donate it all to The Salvo’s.
We had to massively downsize for this trip, and you know what? I haven’t missed any of the objects sitting in storage back home. Photo: Drew and I have a clothes tub each.
Reduce your laundry
I used to do at least three loads of washing a week, now I’m lucky if I do three loads a month. Hang your clothes out to air, wash your undies while you’re having a shower and do a good old sniff test before throwing something in the wash. Remember, time spent doing washing is time you’ll never get back.
Ditch the scales and the mirrors
Scales don’t exist in the bush and the only mirrors in sight are actually to help us drive safely… Since I’ve stopped looking at myself in the mirror I’ve started tuning into how I actually feel when I put something on, rather than wondering what I look like. I may not have the defined stomach I had when I left for this trip but I can still fit in to all of my clothes, so what does it matter?
Turn off your phone
There’s no coverage in remote parts of Australia so I can’t just pick up the phone to call someone when I want advice, and it’s not often I can finger Facebook. Without constant connection to a device I find myself actively engaging in what’s going on around me and actually make decisions for myself.
Put your windows down
This advice was received from a drunk local at the pub in Coen on the Cape York Peninsula. He added “no matter how hot it gets, you’ve just got to get out and enjoy the fresh air, it’s good for your health”. This man may have been intoxicated but I think he’s onto something – connecting with nature can truly brighten your day.
Getting some fresh air while driving through the West MacDonnell Ranges in Central Australia. Yeehhhaa
Skip the gym for the great outdoors
Run around an oval, do squats and dips in the park or whip out a yoga mat in your backyard. Getting the heart pumping doesn’t have to be a chore – enjoy it and marvel in the good feeling you get from knowing you got yourself up and moving without the help of anyone else. For more outdoor exercise motivation click here or take my two week yoga challenge here.
Don’t make a mountain out of a molehill
Next time you find yourself worrying about something ask yourself if worrying is going to make the outcome any better? If the answer is no, (which it usually always is), then stop fussing, it’s a waste of mental energy.
These days I prefer to climb physical mountains rather than create mental ones.
Be kind to yourself and others
The city can be a lonely place when people put their heads down and walk right on by. In the country people seem to smile, say g’day and genuinely want to help. At the end of the day, no matter where you’re from, everyone just wants to be loved. So share a little kindness whenever you can.
If you remember just one of these tips please let it be this.
I’m living the simple life in the great outdoors and smiling every day.
Author’s note : Yes things certainly seem much easier now I don’t have to rock up to an office each day, but regardless of whether I’m on holidays or faced with the responsibility of day to day working life, a simplistic view to health and wellbeing is something I’m trying to hold on to.