Have you been hearing a lot lately about “Minimalism”? I know I have been seeing a growing amount of articles, blog posts, and YouTube videos on this subject. Basically, minimalism is about living with less because many of us have way more “stuff” in our lives than we really need. Now as you can imagine, minimalism means different things to different people. For example, for one person it can mean paring down to a finite number of possessions and to another it can mean downsizing the size of their residence and on it goes. But, I have another take on this subject, and yes, it has something to do with health.
Looking at it from a health perspective, I believe that minimalism should be pared with mindfulness. Now, I define mindfulness as being consciously aware of the daily choices you make and if they are adding or subtracting value to your life and health. So, minimalism plus mindfulness equals what I like to call “Mini-full-lism”. I know, I know, Mini-full-lism is not a word. But think of it as a way of living that can lead to much success in building your health.
So, how do you become a healthy Mini-full-list? It all begins with the choices you make each day. Here’s an exercise to get you in the Mini-full-list frame of mind:
Before you do anything, ask yourself the following “value” question: “Will this add value to my life and health?”
For example, before you prepare a meal ask yourself this question. It will cause you to make a conscious decision on whether the food you are planning to eat adds value to your health or not. Adding value to your health in this example would mean that the food in question is packed with health building nutrients. And you can apply this anything you are planning to do daily. It will definitely clear up whether you should take that walk or veg out in front of the TV! Doing this will help you get clear on what really adds value to your life and health. And guess what? Being mindful in this way will naturally lead to minimalism, because you will naturally begin to get rid of the “stuff” and even situations that don’t add value to you.
I know that for me, not only does it help keep me on target with my health, but it has helped me to begin to clear the clutter in my home. I don’t know about you, but it seems like every piece of paper in America has made its way to my house! Asking the “value” question has helped me to easily identify things in my surroundings, like clutter, that don’t add value to my life. Getting rid of “stuff” used to seem like a chore, but now has become a stress-busting, joyful experience! Anytime you can relieve stress in your life, it’s always great for your health. Because, like I say in my book, The Wellness Mindset: 5 Keys to Building Super Health, “Where the mind goes, the body follows”. To your good health!