Is Minimalist Living Healthy Living?
A lot of people decide to look at minimalist living as a lifestyle choice because they want to reduce clutter, save money, and just have an overall more simple approach to life. They are fed up with the over consumption and busyness of their lives.
Hopefully after a few months of living a minimalist lifestyle they start to realize the benefits of their choice.
I am also wondering if minimalist living can actually make us healthier?
Let’s take a look at some of the healthy benefits of minimalist living.
How many times have you said to yourself that you do not have time to exercise?
Considering that the average person watches 36 hours of television per week and it is no wonder people feel that they do not have enough time. Add in computer time and it is probably more time than you spend at your job.
One of the key aspects of minimalist living is to start limiting your screen time. I still watch some television shows that I enjoy, especially documentaries, but I do not sit and aimlessly channel surf. I spend 30 to 45 minutes per day doing some walking or heavy resistance training. I dare say that this is healthier than hours spent in front of a screen. Minimalist living has allowed me to have a lot of time for more healthy activities.
Some people also decide that they will actually bike or walk to work if this is possible. Even if you can do this once or twice per week it will have a fantastic benefit on your overall health.
Are You Stressed?
Another area that people struggle with is how to reduce stress. Life has gotten so busy and hectic that a lot of people just do not know how to cope. They then in turn make unhealthy eating choices when just compounds the problem even further.
Minimalist living is about focusing on what is truly important and getting rid of everything else.
Your health is the most important thing. I also believe that you are what you eat. If you eat a lot of highly processed junk you are going to feel very unhealthy as a result.
I would highly recommend reading some of the success stories on Mark’s Daily Apple. They are nothing short of mind blowing.
Minimalist living allows a person to slow down and have a more relaxed approach to life. What a huge stress reliever. You have been able to take a look at your household budget and have gotten your spending under control. You have even started to pay down some of your consumer debt. Again, this is going to have a huge impact on the level of stress you are feeling.
One of the other ways I have focused on being more healthy is that I am trying to not use chemicals in my life. I make my own antiperspirant, my own body scrub, and I use vinegar and baking soda for most of my cleaning routine. There are thousands of chemicals added to products and this kind of freaks me out.
So I firmly feel that minimalist living can lead to an overall much healthier life.
More time to exercise, less stress, less busyness, maybe less chemicals.
What areas have I missed? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments.
Living a more minimalist lifestyle is a way to escape the excesses of the world around us — the excesses of consumerism, material possessions, clutter, having too much to do, too much debt, too many distractions, too much noise. But too little meaning. Minimalism is a way of discarding the non-essential in order to focus on what’s truly important, what gives our lives meaning, and what gives us joy and value.
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