We get it; life is hard. Some things are way beyond the human body’s control. There are concepts beyond a human brain’s comprehension. These changes, no matter how small, definitely makes a difference in the way a person lives their life.
There’s freedom in owning less. The concept of minimalism revolves around this idea. By having fewer possessions, you have more room to pay attention to what matters. This means that you should hold on to the things that bring your life value and let go of those that only seem to be distractions.
Take a look at your bedroom or the living room. What items do you use all the time? Look around a little more—in the nooks and crannies of the room. What items have been gathering dust? Maybe it’s time to let go.
When you have so many things around you, your brain has to process more signifiers. As a result, the clutter also translates to your brain. Therefore, by letting go of stuff, you’re also minimizing the clutter in your head, giving you more peace of mind.
Part of decluttering is also saying no. Do you need three lamps in one room? No. Do you need another version of a thing you already have at home? No. As Marie Kondo would ask, “Does it spark joy?” No.
Other than this, saying no is also useful in relationships and balancing your life. Maybe somebody has invited you to a party you don’t want to go to. Instead of compulsively saying yes to be nice, you need to do yourself a favor and say no. Imagine what you can do with those hours you’d spend faking a smile at a party. You could be doing self-care, learning a new hobby, or resting. You’ll be surprised how life is a breeze when you learn to say no.
Ask for help
Contrary to what your pride has been telling you, asking for help make your life easier. There’s magic in learning your limitations and acknowledging your feelings. Independence may be essential in surviving in this world, but independence does not mean total isolation.
In retrospect, seeking help is an act of courage and strength. First, it’s not easy to admit to yourself that there is something you can’t do. Second, confronting negative feelings is difficult, as they can be overwhelming sometimes. However, it’s important to note that you are not alone.
When you’re having trouble understanding mortgage rates, ask an expert. If your Internet can’t be fixed by restarting your router, call for customer service. If you’re dealing with too much stress, seek a therapist. There are always people willing to help you out; all you have to do is reach out.
Whether you’re decluttering, rejecting plans, or reaching out for help, always be grounded to your intentions. Why are you doing what you’re doing? Do you have an end goal? Does it make life a little bit better? By having an intention, simple tasks will mean more in your personal grand scheme of things.