A lot of people think that minimalism is just about getting rid of items that don't bring joy to your life anymore. I have found that it is only half the battle, if you don't find peace with yourself then it can be easy to slip back into the consumerism routine. There is no tried and true method for this, you have to find what works for you. Myself like most people have a fairly hectic life, be it work, children, or just everyday bombardment from all of the technology in our lives. In this article I will describe a few of the methods that have worked for myself and friends.
What seems to work for a lot of people is meditation. I myself have tried it with not much success at first, always had a hundred and one things going through my mind, recently though I've been able to shut things out and find some peace. Find yourself a place that is quiet that you can take a few quiet moments, starting out just try it for 5 to 15 minutes, try to clear your mind (know this can be hard at first), try putting on some soothing music (rocking out to a song won't clear your head so Metallica is out), and focus on your breathing (in through the nose, out through the mouth). I am by no means an expert at this so it would be best to look it up on line, or better yet enroll in a class.
"In today's rush, we all think too much - seek too much - want too much - and forget about the joy of just being."
The thing that we like to do is to just get outside, go and play with your children, grandchildren or even your dog, it's amazing what an hour outside can do for your mental wellbeing. We love going out with our three year old grandson and playing, or taking the dogs out to throw a ball for them (even though half the time they get distracted by some smell and it becomes a game of human fetch).
Grab a coffee or your favourite tea and go and sit outside, sit and watch the world go by. We like to go down by the river and sit an a bench and just relax, we don't talk about our days we just enjoy the scenery. We also like to grab supper and go to the park and find a place to have a picnic once in a while, it's nice to just get out of the house. We are also lucky enough that we have three older teenagers that can fend for themselves when need be.
Get out and get some exercise. Go for a walk, go do some stretches at the park, join a gym. I myself enjoy going to the gym, I try to go at times when it's not to busy. The one thing that I don't do there is wear headphones, I find that it's nice to actually interact with people wherever I go, It's amazing the people you can meet, and the knowledge you learn by just getting to known your fellow man (or woman). Technology has taken away so much of our social interaction in life. Try joining a recreational sports team, I play hockey one night a week in the winter and baseball two or three nights during the summer, win or lose I go there to have fun and interact with friends.
Shut off technology. All of these ideas can be helpful in clearing your mind, but they go to waste if you still have your turned on. Shut your phone, computer or TV off for an hour a day, having that constant buzzing of a new text message, or new video that someone has uploaded is so distracting to the mind. The world isn't going to come to an end if you unplug for an hour.
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