Why Minimalism is Good for Your Mental Health:

Our culture in today’s day and age is all about the excess of material wealth, the number of personal relationships, the variety of food we eat, and the things we do to spend our free time. When we evaluate this excess, we may begin to realize that less is in fact more:

1.) The things you own end up owning you:

The famous quote from the character Tyler Durden in Fight Club, it’s so popular because it was such a powerful statement. The more stuff you own, the more stuff you must maintain and take care of, effectively making you the prisoner of your material possessions. Your life is no longer for yourself but for the sake of maintaining your material possessions. Focusing on the basics should be the main priority, other fancy gadgets are secondary (Unless they provide a great utility).

2.) The Dunbar number:

The Dunbar number represents the amount of stable social relationships that you can maintain at any given time. The number that was identified for the average person was 150. That is, 150 people a person could know on a personal level. In the age of social media with our 1000 Facebook friends shows us that we are juggling far too many connections that are healthy for us. The only way to be able to juggle this many connections was for all those connections to be erring on the side of superficial. The recommended amount of people that we keep in our inner circle should be around 30 (Sorry for those with big families).

3.) A too nutritious diet can kill you (Slowly):

Recent studies in nutrition have shown that you indeed can have too much of a good thing. There are a lot of vitamins and minerals that can be overdosed on by supplementing too much of them through diet or pills. Some of them are harmless but others could lead to harmful side effects such as accelerated aging, neurological (Brain) damage, or liver damage. So having a staple diet that includes everything may not be the way to go. The minimalist approach of eating a simple diet that changes every 2 weeks (To ensure no deficiencies either) may be more beneficial.

4.) Free time making our working hours miserable:

There’s that old saying “are you working to live or living to work”. Pop culture celebrates the former like some trophy, that partying, sex, and alcohol are the recipe for a good life. Most people realize that the good life is hollow and that greater fulfillment comes from providing value to society. We are often too hungover, brain fogged (Junk food) and energy-deprived (Sexually drained lifeforce) to give it our all in our working/studying lives. It becomes a hell that we want to escape from, the real key Is to enter the hell and to realize that it was only heaven disguised. Providing worth to others is the ultimate sense of human fulfillment, it is our hedonistic lifestyles that distract us from this innate goal. Optimize your off time to truly decompress you and prepare you for the working week ahead.

Conclusion:

We always want bigger and better, but we seldom ask if we have the strength to carry the weight that it comes with. Little did we know that scaling down can help us carry a more manageable weight that no longer overburdens us, stop making your own life so difficult.

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