Minimalism and how it can help with wellbeing
...and what is minimalism anyway?
Minimalism has become a buzzword during 2017 as a reaction to the ‘busyness’ and the cluttered world that we often live in.
With origins in zen philosophy and voluntary simplicity it has received renewed interest through recent documentaries on Amazon and popular blogs being regularly shared, and trends such as Project 333 (wearing just 33 items for 3 months).
So what is it about? From Josua Becker’s blog highlighted above, one definition that sums it up well is : minimalism is the intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of everything that distracts us from it.
In order to focus on what matters most, and to be present with these moments, we need to clear away and let go of the things that distract us, or weigh us down.
So this involves continually reviewing our thinking, our choices and our environment so that we may emphasise the qualities that matter, and let go of the rest.
Decluttering your space, considering whether your purchases are really necessary, making better use of the things you have, taking on less commitments and being mindful throughout can bring more of these qualities into your life :
- Less stress.
- Clarity of mind.
- Better health.
- More freedom.
- More time.
- Greater purpose.
- Extra money.
- Better relationships.
- Better memories.
- Increased energy,
- Enhanced awareness,
- Enjoyment of subtlety
Not a bad list, don’t you think?
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