I have been looking into minimalism for a while now. Many YouTubers have decided to take on a minimalist life style. I know that my mental health conditions, and even just my daily state of mind can really be affected by the state of my environment. I also have OCD tendencies and a messy bedroom really annoys me and stresses me out. I get overwhelmed quite easily and I am hopeful that a minimalist lifestyle might help me!
So that’s my own motivation. My inspiration came from a mixture of Youtube video’s including ones from Sugar Mamma. But the convincing ‘tipping point’ for my new year venture was a video by Rachel Aust . In this video she launches her 30 day minimalism challenge! And that is the one I am going to try to follow!
The challenge is a simply laid out list of 30 small bite-sized challenges to do over the course of days. I think it makes a great new years resolution challenge. Or as I prefer the term ‘new year’s lifestyle and happiness goal’
30-day-minimalism-challenge(FREE PDF -FROM RACHEL AUST)
So What Is Minimalism?
I always thought minimalism was art, a very empty or basic home or perhaps just living with no luxuries. However, as you can tell from the video above the definition, or at least the modern definition is very different. The minimalist life style is based on enjoying a fuller life, by having less chaos, distractions and stresses in your life – Not just throwing everything out! The idea is to keep things you need and that make you feel good, but discard everything else. Rachel Aust reminds us that things that we love and make us feel good, are different to sentimental objects that just clutter up our homes. The main elements are defined in the picture below.
My plan is to try and share an update with you guys every 3 days. I’ll let you know what challenges I did, if it made me feel any different, things I’ve learnt, new resources I’ve found that have helped me along my way and perhaps a few sneaky pics!
I know we all love a quiz that tells us a bit about our personality or how much we know. Here I have put together a list of the best quizzes I have done this month. 🙂
Have fun!! ❤
1 Which Nail Color Should You Try This Fall?
I got Dusky Blue. Really excited to try it! Let me know which you got in the comments!
2 What Should You Do To Feel A Little Better Right Now?
A cute little flow diagram for when your feeling down ❤
3 How You Can Instantly Improve Your Office
I got this cute little grass pot pen holder. Cause I like to get out into nature! Love it!
1. Material possessions won’t make you better or happier.
2. You can’t make everyone happy. If it is your goal, you are bound to lose yourself.
3. Being perfect is unrealistic. Being a better version of yourself is what you should pursue.
4. Your achievements and successes won’t matter as much as your precious memories on your death bed.
5. The more you want to find happiness in the outside world, the more likely you’ll fail. Happiness is not a treasure to be found, but can be built within ourselves.
6. Your actions speak louder than your words. Stop trying to influence others by what you say, but instead what you do.
7. You will die and you have no idea when. Grasp every moment to achieve what you want in this world. Make memories and find meaning in your life where you can.
Edited from https://www.ideapod.com/idea/8-Hard-Truths-People-Dont-Like-To-Admit-But-Youll-Benefit-A-Lot-If-You-Do/57e09c3b165eb82c120add17
“There’s nothing more important than our good health – that’s our principal capital asset.”
– Arlen Specter
The Most Basic Rules Of Health
- Wake up early
- Regular exercise at stated times. It should be moderate and given up as soon as one feels you feel you have moderately challenged yourself. Excess is to be avoided. It could cause harm.
- Take steps to reduce stress in your life
- Drink 2 litres of water a day.
- Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
Obviously, there are other components. However, these are the most basic ones. If you struggle with functioning look at introducing these elements back into your life where possible.
There are some steps you can take that look after your physical health and your stress levels, if you are constantly stressing about your health or money!
- Brush your teeth twice a day + floss + mouthwash –Dental Bills!
- Walk where you can – Keeps functioning up, mood boosted and saves on gym bills because your getting exercise in completely free!
- Exercise with a friend – perhaps share the gas money to a class, price of a personal trainer or just enjoy the benefits of their company on your mood.
A little motivation for you… 🙂
I often find myself mentally, beating myself up, for a lack of a better word. I am subconsciously telling myself all these things without even questioning them. If I’m always beating myself up in my own head, how can I expect to be happy?
I think a lot of women struggle with similar issues too. And men!
Our image of ourself and how we think other people perceive us is very much based on how we talk to and perceive ourselves.
Therefore, I think the journey to happiness really starts in our own head.
But how can we start the journey? Start trying to practice self love….
What Is Self-Love?
Sure it sounds really cliche. However, as we can see from above it could really help us. Change starts at home!
Self-love is defined as:
“regard for one’s own well-being and happiness.”
You don’t have to think you are the bomb, or that you are somehow amazing! That is so tricky for anyone to think about themselves.
Self-love is simply wanting the best for yourself and looking after yourself because you think you are worth that effort.
Once you get over that common misconception. Practicing self-love is a little bit easier.
Some Ideas To Practice Self-Love:
- Forgive yourself for your mistakes
- Occasionally splurge on something for yourself
- Support your own dreams
- Stand up for yourself
- Take a bubble bath (I can’t just sit in the bath. I recommend relaxing spa music, candles, lights out, a mud pack and set yourself a time say 10 minutes, and you can build up as you get better at giving yourself some you time)
- Remind yourself that someone’s opinion of you IS their opinion and not a fact.
- Remind yourself that the things you automatically think about yourself are not necessarily fact! The things you think are most like biased. If you have a negative thinking pattern, you will think more negatively about yourself, than perhaps you are.
- Rest if you need it!
- Learn to accept yourself the way you are.
Self Love Worksheet By Dawbarclay.com
Self Acceptance Work Sheets By Lazymomsblog.com
How useful did you find this blog post? Let me know in the comments below 🙂
I have recently started following Kayln Nicholson on Youtube. And I think she is fantastic! She has recently started doing a new series called ‘how to adult 101’. I think this is my favourite Youtube series to date!
The series covers tips, tricks and hacks to lead a strong, confident, better adult life. I think it is awesome. It covers some of the things people assume we can do everyday, but we perhaps end up feeling inadequate because we don’t actually kn0w or have learnt how to do these.
So I wanted to share this with you guys. Because this blog is all about helping women become more strong confident and empowered, I feel this fits really well into our theme.
So below I have included the links to the videos in the series I have watched so far and found really helpful. I will continue to add more, as I watch more and find their useful!
Definitely go over and check out her Youtube channel as well, because there is so much more than this series on there. She is great! I have left the link below 🙂
Taken from studentminds.org.uk
We’ve been noticing something odd about social media. According to social media, everyone is having an amazing time… all the time. If we are to believe social media, then everyone is out partying with their best mates every night. We don’t believe it! We know that for many of you, the best night isn’t a night out and there’s lots more to get up to during Freshers’ Week.
We are inviting you to join us as we reclaim social media. The task is simple:
Post a picture on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook of your night in, and share it with the hashtag #BestNightIn.
WHAT’S YOUR BEST NIGHT IN?
There are lots of expectations we have about university, especially to do with nights out and clubbing. A lot of these expectations are set in our first few weeks and go on to dictate our university social lives well after Freshers’ Week.
You see this most often through students Facebook or Instagram photos or Tweets. The trouble is, we only post photos of our parties and our pranks; the exciting times. We don’t share photos of our quieter evenings, of the things we do for a break or to look out for ourselves. It is time for us to stop feeling like we are missing out every time we choose to stay in.
As Freshers’ Week gets started all over the UK, we’ll be sharing your #BestNightIn photos to help students feel confident to do what they want during their first few weeks at university. Together we can remind every student in the UK that students really do stay in and there’s so much out there to make your #BestNightIn.
From the 12th September we want you to tell us about your Best Night In: share a photo and add the hashtag #BestNightIn.
Last year’s #BestNightEver campaign interacted with over 1000 people through the Student Minds website and we received over 50 #BestNightEver photos across our pages. During the first two days of the campaign, we saw a noticeable change in how people talked about their Freshers’ Week.
#BESTNIGHTIN 2016 EXAMPLES
Here are some of the best photos shared to our social media channels:
DO YOU WANT TO SHARE YOUR SUPPORT FOR THE #BESTNIGHTIN CAMPAIGN?
1) Any time between the 12th September – 7th October, share any of the following messages on Facebook or Twitter:
“Join @StudentMindsOrg to share your Freshers’ Week #BestNightIn! http://ow.ly/lgfY303UG6k”
“Be proud of your nights in. Share a your #BestNightIn with @StudentMindsOrg for your Freshers Week http://ow.ly/lgfY303UG6k”
2)Download Best Night In images below to share on your Instagram, Facebook or Twitter!
At Student Minds we’re using #BestNightIn to show students that they’re able to make their time at university whatever they want it to be and there’s no ideal university experience that is perfect for everyone.