The minimalist lifestyle is about consciously choosing less in order to have more. That means getting rid of some belongings that you aren’t really using, making your to-do list shorter as some of the things on it aren’t important, not having too many people in your circle as that takes away your energy, and even reducing the number of thoughts in your mind that you have at any moment of the day so you can have some peace and relax.
The benefits of living this way are amazing. You’ll now see 7 of them and they should be enough to inspire you to simplify your life in at least one way soon.
You reduce stress.
Stress is a big part of our lives, but it doesn’t have to be like that. The problem is that we all try to get everything done, we keep ourselves busy, we’re in a hurry all the time, we try to please everyone, to see improvement in every area of life, we expect a lot from ourselves and others, and we constantly worry about the future. All this turns our days into stressful events that we can’t enjoy.
The solution for that lies in minimalism. Remove anything you can that’s causing you stress in some way.
It’s indeed as easy as it sounds. Eliminate the negative from your life so you can have room for the positive. Leave your job if you have to if it’s taking years from your life and you simply don’t enjoy it. Stop caring about what others think and let go of your expectations. Slow down and see that you can still be productive but without the stress.
The best advice I heard about how to actually slow done was: what you are planning to achieve in 4 years, achieve in 6 instead. As simple as that.
You get more done.
Minimalism is about removing the non-essential so that you can be left with what’s important. One of these precious things is our focus.
Think about it. So many factors during the day are fighting for our attention. We’re distracted all the time by the variety of social media, opportunities, entertainment, people and activities which are not worth our attention.
Even when it seems like we’re focused on a project at work, in our head we’re going back to the past, planning something for the future, overthinking a situation, going through the tasks on our to-do list, or wondering about the outcome of an event. We’re wasting our attention. If you stop all that chaos in your head though, if you let go of the desire to get it all done and do it perfectly, you’ll get it back.
Once you have all your attention, you’ll be able to dedicate it to the task at hand, get it done much faster, and be less overwhelmed and stressed in the end.
You stop focusing on the material things in life.
Minimalism denies materialism. Belongings make us miserable. Just think about it. Nothing good comes from owning more. And as for all that you already have, it requires you to take care of it, fix it, replace or upgrade it.
Life’s so much easier if we give away all that we aren’t using and don’t need. Look around in your house and ask yourself how much of what you see you actually need to have this same quality of life. Make a plan on what to do with the rest but don’t keep it there anymore. You’ll have more freedom in your life without it.
Everything you do is more meaningful.
Our human nature drives us towards meaning. We seek it when socializing, working, traveling, even reading. We want to feel like our life counts, like we’re making the most of our time, and like we’re leaving a mark. All that can happen thanks to living a more minimalist lifestyle.
Your relationships are stronger.
Once you’re a minimalist, you’ll notice that you aren’t interested in spending time with random people anymore. Instead, you seek deeper connection, interesting individuals, like-minded souls.
That means making your circle smaller, but more quality. If the people you surround yourself with are positive, you will become so too.
You pay more attention to your health.
When you stop paying attention to unimportant things, such as what others think about you, what might go wrong in the future or what you don’t like about your past, you will start taking care of yourself more. Minimalists stop judging and blaming themselves, and instead find their true self and nurture that relationship. That itself helps them be a better partner, parent, and friend.
Your health involves your physical and mental well-being but also your spiritual development. When you have less negative and stressful factors in your life, you’re more likely to get in shape, get enough rest every day, turn to meditation, breathe more deeply, journal your thoughts, and more.
You get your time back.
One of the great things you can have more of once you turn to minimalism is time. Average people seem to always be doing many things at once, but never really having enough time, not to mention enough free time to do what they enjoy or just relax.
But that’s because half of their goals aren’t what they truly want, half of their daily tasks and chores are unnecessary and could easily be left behind, and half of their thoughts are distracting them.
Once you have your time back, enjoy it. Take a walk, exercise more, read great books, dedicate some of it to your personal development, build a new skill, have a new hobby, meet your favorite people more often.
These are the ways being a minimalist is great for every aspect of your life, especially your health. Are you ready to experience all these fantastic changes?
Sarah Williams is a passionate life and dating coach who enjoys helping people see the beauty in life and use their inner potential. Check out her self-development blog Wingman Magazine for tips and entertainment.