We all want to live a healthier lifestyle, but in our attempts to do so we overcomplicate things: trying diets that don’t provide us with enough nutrients, eating supplements, dragging ourselves to the gym everyday where we do boring cardio and lift weights, buying more things than we need thinking they’ll make our lives better, etc.
All of that ruins our physical, mental, and spiritual health.
The solution to all this lies in simplicity. Choosing the simpler version of anything can make you not only happier but healthier too.
Here’s how a minimalist approach can save you from the complex, stressful everyday life:
1. Giving your body only what it needs will make you energetic.
The main principle of minimalism says that less is actually more. According to this philosophy, you should eliminate anything unnecessary from your life, and thus have more freedom, peace, and contentment.
Start with your fridge and menu. Write down what you usually eat and drink so that you can see the big picture, and for each item on the list ask yourself if it’s necessary.
You might be surprised by the type and amount of food you consume daily that your body doesn’t actually need. Anything that comes in a package, any drink other than water and tea, special additives while cooking, and most of the snacks you eat — most of these are actually bad for your health. They can make you lazier, less healthy, and moody. And it’s pretty easy to get addicted to such foods because of all the sugar in them.
If you ditch these, however, if you throw away most of what you don’t need so that it’s not in your fridge and easily accessible anymore, you’ll focus on the real foods.
These include fruits, veggies, seeds, proteins, nuts, and herbs. Together with drinking plenty of water daily, they will keep you fresh and energised throughout the whole day and will help your body perform all its functions properly.
2. Fewer worries will make you happier.
Focus on less when it comes to overthinking something from the past or planning something that might go wrong.
Most thoughts connected to yesterday or tomorrow only make us worried and anxious, which lead to many other negative behaviours.
3. By being present you’ll quiet your mind and focus better.
Mindfulness is another important aspect of having a minimalist approach.
It’s as simple as being right here, in this moment, without wanting to change it, without thinking about the past or future. Instead, you’re focused on the present moment.
That helps you eliminate distractions, which are a big part of daily life, and thus concentrate effortlessly and finally get things done quickly.
This is beneficial to your work performance and how your mind works in general.
4. You’ll sleep like a baby.
This new mindset you’re developing thanks to simplicity will also allow you to fall asleep fast instead of staying awake for hours unable to get the rest you deserve.
Because you’ll quiet the voices in your head and will enjoy the present moment, you’ll be able to let go of the tension in your mind and body and sleep soundly the whole night.
5. Being outdoors will contribute to your overall well-being.
Instead of going to the gym, or doing any other sport you don’t really enjoy, just go outside.
The easiest thing to do is to take a walk or go jogging. Not only will this keep you fit, but the fresh air (or sunlight during the day) will lift you up and raise your energy levels, and you’ll enjoy the view.
You can start biking, too, and explore new areas in your city.
6. Decluttering will lead to less stress.
Living in clutter isn’t healthy. Many belongings at home collect dust, need to be fixed all the time, and require your time, attention, and money.
Having less stuff at home will give you more space and more freedom.
Think about getting rid of things you don’t actually use, even if it means giving away most of your clothes or selling some furniture and the many gifts you’ve received over the years.
You’ll feel relieved once you do that. Fewer objects also mean saving time in the future, being more organised and productive when getting things done at home, and not carrying things from the past around with you.
7. Solitude will give you peace of mind.
We live hectic lifestyles and often forget how to relax. That’s yet another reason to be stressed out all the time and to struggle with falling asleep.
Spending some quiet time alone can fix this. You’ll slow down, leave all the anxiety behind, be present, and do things you enjoy.
Reading a book, drinking your coffee in peace, listening to music, organising your desk – all these and many more activities can be done when you’re alone and have nothing else to do.
Even if you’re still doing something, know that your mind isn’t tensed and you’re being at ease.
Create such a ritual and incorporate it into your day. It’s important to be by yourself, in a quiet and peaceful environment, and not thinking about anything else that you’ll need to do later in the day or tomorrow.
Simply enjoy your own company, do things that give you pleasure, and don’t be in a hurry, waiting for the next moment or task on your list to come. The ability to be mindful alone will make your interactions with other people easier too.
So that’s how you can live a minimalist life, and improve your health at the same time.
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