All over the world, more and more people (think: millions) are dealing with constant stress and illnesses, especially as we’re entering a time where being busy is the new black. The truth is, we are constantly faced with many varying distractions or things to tend to, such as phone calls, notifications, email, friends, family, work deadlines, meetings, daily to-do lists, and much more. As you probably know all too well, this can be frustrating and bad for your wellbeing.
Sure, improving your diet, getting more sleep, and adopting a healthy workout regiment are great ways to improve your state of wellbeing. However, there’s an unsung hero that works wonders when it comes to improving your overall wellness – minimalism. Yes, in a world where owning more things is the popular quick fix for happiness, the true solution to improving your wellbeing is living in simplicity.
If you have a bunch of clutter on your desk, clothes spilling out of your closet, dishes in the sink, and an email that is overflowing with spam, you’ll always be playing catchup, which in turn means you’ll never find time to truly rest and heal. A quick fix for this is minimalism, which is the term for the art of simplicity. By living a minimalistic lifestyle, you’ll find that you enjoy more purpose, energy, clarity, and space to breathe. Let’s take a look at some of the ways that minimalism benefits your overall state of wellbeing.
You’ll declutter your brain.
Think about it: when you wake up to a messy home filled with lots of unnecessary things and email that’s spilling over the edges, you can’t help but be stressed. This also takes a toll on your brain as it tries to juggle all these things throughout your day. When you declutter your home and workspace, you literally will be decluttering your mind as well. This, in turn, leaves room for further productivity and success.
You’ll have more money.
As you might expect, becoming a minimalist naturally means that you’ll be spending less money. All of the money you once spent on useless clothes, collectibles, and other extravagant belongings can now be saved, invested, or spent on experiences. Having more cash available gives you more freedom in life to do what you want, when you want. For example, having more money allows you to take your family out for dinner, treat your friends, travel more, try new experiences, or simply buy a rose for your significant other.
You’ll enjoy more space.
Having a very cluttered living or work area can be more detrimental to your wellbeing than you might think. Think about it – you spend a lot of time in your home and/or at your workplace (in fact, these are the two places most people spend the majority of their lives).
When you’re constantly in tight and cluttered living quarters, you have little to no room to walk, stretch, have fun with your family, try out yoga, or maybe even slow dance with your loved one. Once you clear up the clutter in your home, however, you’ll feel refreshed and renewed, and you’ll have all the space in the world to do whatever you decide. The open space will allow you to bond with your family, try new crafts, work out, and more – the possibilities are endless.
You’ll live with more intention.
If we take a look at the average home, a large majority of the items in the home are simply bought to impress visitors or because they “look good”. However, 99% of these things are not actually useful in our everyday lives and simply take up mental and physical space.
By adopting a minimalist lifestyle, you’ll be invited to focus on what is truly meaningful to you while getting rid of the rest. This can help you live with more intention and purpose since everything you own and everything you decide to purchase will have some sort of significant meaning in your life. Soon, you’ll find that you can travel and experience life more rather than being bogged down by material items.