Minimalism, how does it help your wellness?
We all have to many things. Today’s society is the polar opposite of minimalist. The way we are brought up is to have newer, bigger, and better things. We possess things like 10 credit cards, overdraft protection, 6 year car loans, storage units full of things and more.
Why do we need all of that stuff?
Now you may be wondering what this has to do with wellness. I will tell you, but first what is minimalism.
Definition of minimalism
1 : a style or technique (as in music, literature, or design) that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity
What does that mean to you?
Having less things in your life.
Why will that help your wellness?
By having less stuff, you will have less to stress about. Less stress = better wellness.
By no means am I saying that everyone needs to get rid of all of their hard earned possessions, but like everything I talk about on Livftinglife.com, the goal is progress not perfection. Take out the word extreme, but apply the simplicity through spareness.
My wife and I like to minimize our lives by taking time to go through what we own. We then prioritize things in 3 ways:
What is it used for? How often do we use it? Why do we use it? Can we use something else in its place?
Do we actually need it? Why do we own it? How much does this cost us? Can we live without it?
We have shrunk our items to one large box each, for sentimental items. The reality is, most things can be digitized and the likelihood of us actually digging through storage to show someone this thing we got from doing a thing that one time, is very UNLIKELY.
After all of that, we still have plenty of things, but every time we get rid of something we feel better. Sometimes, donating the items to charity, and other times selling them.
This is not the end all, be all of ways to minimize your life. And we are not minimalists in the eyes of someone who lives on the road in a sweet van (life goals!). But like I said before, Progress Not Perfection.
Give this and try and let me know in the comments below if it makes you feel better with less things to worry about.