Extremism is never ideal, but the myth is that minimalism has to be extreme. Forget what you’ve heard about minimalism being about stark white rooms and pricy all-in-one tech gadgets. It’s about a shift in thinking. It helps us prioritize the important things, which often aren’t things at all. Minimalism is a philosophy based in conscious choices that promote intentional living. Here are three life-changing benefits of minimalism.
Mental clarity is crucial for good decision-making, and minimalism helps us get clear on what is essential for our personal fulfillment. Clutter in any form distracts us from the important things, and chaos often comes in the form of clutter. A mental or emotional block manifests in hoarding junk, maintaining negative relationships, or engaging in activities that are not adding value to our experience. By decluttering our physical and mental space, we can eliminate that burden, find clarity, and improve our lives.
When we minimize the time commitments that we keep out of obligation and the relationships we maintain out of habit, we gain freedom. Most of us are overcommitted, and the busyness is robbing us of happiness and productivity. It’s good for our mental and emotional health to let go of what is no longer serving us. It frees us up to pursue whatever we want. Our time is then filled with experiences that bring us joy, and our energy is spent on worthwhile endeavors.
Free of the cluttered mess, negative relationships, and nonessential duties, our stress melts away, and we adopt an attitude of gratitude. Less time is spent cleaning and in maintenance mode. We have more time to decompress and relax. Our relationships provide support instead of draining us. We are focused on value, instead of worrying about social pressures or trends. We know our priorities, and make better choices.