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10 Easy Ways to Start Thinking as a Minimalist

10 Easy Ways to Start Thinking as a Minimalist

Minimalism is not only an aesthetic trend about organization and a certain amount of possessions; rather, it is a mindset and an attitude toward life. Thinking as a minimalist means to stop wondering about things you don’t have, what you need, or what could make your life better simplifying your thoughts.

Here’s how.

1. Show gratitude.

Don’t wait to have a certain thing, age, work, or relationship to be grateful for what you already have.

2. Learn to complain less.

Do an experiment and record all the times you complain during the day: while you are driving, being late, if you didn’t like what you ate, if your boss gave you extra work, etc. How many times have you complained? How many of those times did complaining have good result or solve the problem?

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3. Stop thinking only about the future.

It’s OK to visualize and plan ahead, but don’t overlook things you can’t control, it is impossible to know what other people will think or feel about you or about certain situations.

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    4. Exercise.

    It’s proven that exercise helps with releasing stress, keeps us healthy, and improves self-confidence. Make your body and well-being a priority and give yourself 30 minutes to move.

    5. Never regret.

    If you think you did something wrong, don’t just think about it; find a way to fix it and prevent it from happening again. Say what you think and don’t hide your opinion or thoughts without a reason; if you feel love for someone say so!

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    6. Stop criticizing.

    Criticizing others or yourself wont give you any benefits, so why are you wasting your time?

    7. Think abundantly.

    If you think you have very little time, not much money, and no friends, then that’s what you’re going to attract; however, if you think abundantly and positively, you may find opportunities and reasons to change this mindset easily.

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      8. Do something that makes you happy every day.

      Do this whether it’s having a cup of coffee, cooking a good breakfast, reading, watching a TV series, or whatever — the key is doing it consciously.

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      9. Enjoy the mornings.

      It’s the first part of the day, so having a good attitude toward it can set your mood for the rest of the day. Embracing a morning routine can help you enjoy waking up early. Take some time to do something you like before 9 a.m.

      10. Beware of the time you spend on internet.

      Although it’s a very entertaining thing to do, watching videos of people doing weird stuff and browsing memes can take away the time you could spend talking to someone special, or doing something productive or creative.

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        Most of us tend to compare ourselves with what other people are doing, thinking the only way to be successful is by doing what others did, and what’s socially accepted, but having a minimalist mindset and focusing only on what we like to do and what we want bring us a clearer vision of the actions we can perform every day to get closer to our goals.

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        And then there is the most dangerous risk of all — the risk of spending your life not doing what you want on the bet you can buy yourself the freedom to do it later.

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        Time is the one thing we can never be certain about, so there’s no point wasting your present thinking about all the things we’re missing, thinking we’re going to be finally happy when we get that desired job, desired relationship, or whatever it may be; minimalist people significantly reduce their negative thoughts by focusing on what truly matters, investing their time being present, and feeling grateful for what they already have. And even if you don’t live a minimalist lifestyle by owning few possessions, thinking as one can brighten up your days.

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        10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

        10 Powerful Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living Today

        Plato knew that the body and mind are intimately linked. And in the late 1800s, the Mayo brothers, famous physicians, estimated that over half of all hospital beds are filled with people suffering from frustration, anxiety, worry and despair. Causes of worry are everywhere, in our relationships and our jobs, so it’s key we find ways to take charge of the stress.

        In his classic book How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, Dale Carnegie offers tools to ditch excessive worrying that help you make a worry-free environment for your private and professional life.

        These are the top 10 tips to grab worry by the horns and wrestle it to the ground:

        1. Make Your Decision and Never Look Back

        Have you ever made a decision in life only to second-guess it afterwards? Of course you have! It’s hard not to wonder whether you’ve done the right thing and whether there might still be time to take another path.

        But keep this in mind: you’ve already made your decision, so act decisively on it and dismiss all your anxiety about it.

        Don’t stop to hesitate, to reconsider, or to retrace your steps. Once you’ve chosen a course of action, stick to it and never waver.

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        2. Live for Today, Package Things up in “Day-Tight Compartments”

        You know that feeling: tossing, turning and worrying over something that happened or something that might, well into the wee hours. To avoid this pointless worrying, you need “day-tight compartments”. Much as a ship has different watertight compartments, your own “day-tight” ones are a way to limit your attention to the present day.

        The rule is simple: whatever happened in the past or might happen in the future must not intrude upon today. Everything else has to wait its turn for tomorrow’s box or stay stuck in the past.

        3. Embrace the Worst-Case Scenario and Strategize to Offset It

        If you’re worried about something, ask yourself: “What’s the worst thing that could happen?” Could you lose your job? Be jailed? Get killed?

        Whatever the “worst” might be, it’s probably not so world-ending. You could probably even bounce back from it!

        If, for example, you lose your job, you could always find another. Once you accept the worst-case scenario and get thinking about contingency plans, you’ll feel calmer.

        4. Put a Lid on Your Worrying

        Sometimes we stress endlessly about negative experiences when just walking away from them would serve us far better.

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        To make squashing that worry easier, try this strategy, straight from stock traders: it’s called the “stop-loss” order, where shares are bought at a certain price, and then their price development is observed. If things go badly and the share price hits a certain point, they are sold off immediately. This stops the loss from increasing further.

        In the same manner, you can put a stop-loss order on things that cause you stress and grief.

        5. Fake It ‘Til You Make It – Happiness, That Is

        We can’t directly influence how we feel, but we can nudge ourselves to change through how we think and act.

        If you’re feeling sad or low, slap a big grin on your face and whistle a chipper tune. You’ll find it impossible to be blue when acting cheerful. But you don’t necessarily need to act outwardly happy; you can simply think happier thoughts instead.

        Marcus Aurelius summed it up aptly:

        “Our life is what our thoughts make it.”

        6. Give for the Joy of Giving

        When we perform acts of kindness, we often do so with the expectation of gratitude. But harboring such expectations will probably leave you disappointed.

        One person well aware of this fact was the lawyer Samuel Leibowitz. Over the course of his career, Leibowitz saved 78 people from going to the electric chair. Guess how many thanked him? None.

        So stop expecting gratitude when you’re kind to someone. Instead, take joy from the act yourself.

        7. Dump Envy – Enjoy Being Uniquely You

        Your genes are completely unique. Even if someone had the same parents as you, the likelihood of someone identical to you being born is just one in 300,000 billion.

        Despite this amazing fact, many of us long to be someone else, thinking the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. But living your life this way is pointless. Embrace your uniqueness and get comfortable with who you really are: How to Be True to Yourself and Live the Life You Want

        8. Haters Will Hate — It Just Means You’re Doing It Right

        When you’re criticized, it often means you’re accomplishing something noteworthy. In fact, let’s take it a step further and consider this: the more you’re criticized, the more influential and important a person you likely are.

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        So the next time somebody talks you down, don’t let it get to you. Take it as a compliment!

        9. Chill Out! Learn to Rest Before You Get Tired

        Scientists agree that emotions are the most common cause of fatigue. And it works the other way around, too: fatigue produces more worries and negative emotions.

        It should be clear, therefore, that you’ve got to relax regularly before you feel tired. Otherwise, worries and fatigue will accumulate on top of each other.

        It’s impossible to worry when you are relaxed, and regular rest helps you maintain your ability to work effectively.

        10. Get Organized and Enjoy Your Work

        There are few greater sources of misery in life than having to work, day in, day out, in a job you despise. It would make sense then that you shouldn’t pick a job you hate, or even just dislike doing.

        But say you already have a job. How can you make it more enjoyable and worry-free? One way is to stay organized: a desk full of unanswered mails and memos is sure to breed worries.

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        Better yet, rethink about the job you’re doing: What to Do When You Hate Your Job but Want a Successful Career

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