I've been learning through the last half of 2021 that I have been over-indulging in a lot of things over the last several years. All except for food, that is, so I didn't really recognize it in myself until I took a step back and realized why I always felt so chaotic even when nothing was going "wrong" or "bad". Just never could feel satisfied, my days off from work felt wasted or like I didn't do anything. When, in fact, I just did too MUCH!
I'm sure a lot of religions and followings teach this in some shape or form, but it makes me think about a bhuddist teaching about simplifying things in your life, especially your possessions.
For me a big one was video games. I have been BIG on game hopping for like... most of my life actually. If I allow myself today, I could play through several games back to back until about 3am. But then I would go to bed feeling cruddy like... yeah the games are fun and I really enjoy myself in the moment, but I ended up doing so much that it feels like I did nothing at all or that I wasn't satisfied fully.
My partner has done this too, its something we both are super guilty of.
ANd like, NOTHING is wrong with playing games til 3am imo. But ever since he and I limited ourselves to a max of 2 games to play per month, we've felt so much happier! The hobby is getting more clear focus and more progress, and we feel like we have time for it.
Same extended to other hobbies. Limit one hobby at a time, rather than trying to make music then trying to draw then trying to crochet--stop! Just make music. Crochet next time. One project at a time.
One art piece at a time.
One show at a time.
This week I'll do this, next week maybe I'll do that. But until then, I'm just gonna do this one thing and be at peace!
My partner and I have been practicing simplifying our lives in pretty much every form (except, we aren't minimalists, we do enjoy our geek book shelves and such XD) and this has gone on for about 4 months! I think xmas season made it a little wonky cause work stress invaded personal life, but disregarding that, we've been absolutely enjoying life and appreciating what we have more.
It seems like such a common sense thing, to take things in moderation. But sometimes we get blind to what we're gorging ourselves with!
And this is a Jolly-thinking-out-loud thread, not sure it truly classifies as serious or what but... yeah
Hope this perspective helps someone else find some peace too