Reduce stress through a dose of minimalism


Minimalism. It’s the new “IT” word these days. Everyone either claims to be a minimalist or wants to be one. And you’re left thinking “what’s all this fuss about?”

If the word minimalist makes you think about living in a 1 room apartment with only a mattress and a desk, you might be a little off. Minimalism doesn’t have to be about living with as little as possible. It should be able living without the things you don’t need. In moderation, minimalism can actually help you relieve stress, increase your productivity and, best of all, save money.

Here are 4 ways you can embrace the minimalist in you:

Reduce clutter.

The first step to becoming a minimalist is getting rid of what you don’t need. Having too much clutter can be a waste of time. You find yourself always trying to locate something. Clutter can also lead to stress and anxiety. All the stuff in our lives can be truly overwhelming. Go through all your things and determine what you don’t need. Just because you like something doesn’t mean you need to keep it – will you actually use it? Either toss or donate the items you no longer want.

Buy less useless “stuff”.

After you’ve gotten rid of everything you no longer need, the next step is to maintain it. In other words: buy less. Being a minimalist doesn’t mean that you can no longer splurge on things you want. It just means you have to be more thoughtful about it. Will this item truly add value to your life or will it just sit in your desk unforgotten?

Focus on one thing at a time.

The mentality of living with less clutter should also carry over to your work-life. Not only should you de-clutter your desk, you should also clean up your to-do list. Instead of trying to do multiple things at once, focus on one thing at a time. You’ll actually be able to finish it faster and better if you single-task.

Simplify your life.

Less is more. That’s the mantra every minimalist lives by. Evaluate everything in your life in totality, not just your things. Technology is a great example. How many social media accounts do you have? Do you truly use all of them productively or do you just use it to waste time? Similarly, take a look at your computer and delete any files or programs that are just taking up memory space.

You may not be ready to embrace minimalism completely but there are surely certain aspects of your life that can be simplified. Learn to be happy with less.

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