In terms of minimalism, there obviously are many people who share that they like the idea and what they see, but it’s something that kind of scares them or intimidate them. If this is you and you are wonder about the truly benefits of living minimally, don’t miss this article.
I will also talk about the most common mistake when people think about minimalism at the end of this article so that you can get it right and consider again whether or not this lifestyle is truly suitable for you.
Let’s get started!
One of the main things that draws people into this lifestyle is this idea or notion that happiness is increased or the quality of life is improved. Now, advertisements keep telling us that stuff will make us happy. But, it’s only by having that, we will feel fulfilled.
Having that perfect man and woman, the body of your dreams, the most luxurious cars or house but happiness is a state of being and not having. Its experiences we remember is something that minimalism constantly remind us.
On that note, minimalism means just buying those things that you need. And then on occasion, buying those things that you want but not buying those things that you want in excess and in doing so, you save money.
Now, personally, I choose to spend my money on traveling which brings me back to point number one. It’s the fond memories and connections I made while traveling that have brought me some of the most joyous moments in my life, not material things.
Help the environment
Less consumption means less waste. And by recycling and donating those things that you no longer need, it means someone else can benefit from it. They are going to be buy less of the new stuff and less waste yet again. So, with minimalism, I truly believe comes less of an environmental impact.
Remove emotional baggage
One of the things that most people have learned from living minimally is that it isn’t just the clutter in their life. Material things got in the way of them living the life they truly wanted to live.
Remember that organized clutter is still clutter. It’s often what we hold onto that holds us back from improving our lives. Hence, don’t carry around what you no longer need whether it’s in your pocket, wallet, in your home or in your heart.
Relieve stress and clears the mind
Now, this is not just anecdotal. Studies are showing us there is a direct correlation between the number of possessions that somebody has any amount of stress they experience. From this point, in other words, having more stuff means you’re maybe more prone to being anxious.
Many minimalists feel that their mind has been more at ease since adopting this lifestyle because less of their mental energy is focused on doing those things they feel they need to do like cook, shop and clean. Meanwhile, they can focus more on those things they truly want to do.
Frees up time
Minimalism lifestyle gives us more time to spend on what we really love like working on our hobbies or chatting with our friends and family. By comparison to the previous life, you will find that how busy you used to for nothingness.
Have you ever considered that maybe you don’t need to be more organized like you always thought? Maybe all you really needed was less stuff which means easier to clean, less to organize, less to store and generally less mess.
Possessions consume more of our time and we realize since adopting this practical lifestyle, our productivity has multiplied considerably.
Minimalism for me has been attracting more of the important things and less of the material things. In this way, you will be more grateful for what you do have and if you are given something by somebody, you will find that now you value it a lot more.
It makes us realize just how little we need to be happy and there really is a beauty in that, which a typical example is when you alter your brick-likey wallet into a slim one.
Set you free
This benefit is the best one saved for last – freedom from the comparison game. If you look like once we start consuming, there is no end to the amounts of things that we could want.
Common minimalism mistakes
One of the most common mistakes is when minimalism is the Scott. It means that in order to adopt the lifestyle or call yourself a minimalist, you have to own only X number of possessions or thrown away X number of garbage bags of stuff. Or that your compartment has to be clean and white and pristine. But one of the beauties about minimalism is that they kind of really have no definition.
Even many people are afraid to start living minimally because they keep thinking wrongly that they will need to live with lack of something. Actually, this lifestyle allows you to live with the perfect amount of something.
Thus, just define minimalism for yourself in any way that’s going to help you bring in and reap these benefits that you’re looking for in your life.
So, what do you think: is minimalism something you can yourself incorporating into your life or any benefits you can reap from it? or maybe you are somebody who has put off of it because of that common mistake that I mentioned? Or you are just someone who gets happier having extra stuff around and makes you feel more secure. In any case, just share me know.