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How Minimalism Can Help You Find Wellness

How Minimalism Can Help You Find Wellness
I spoke last week at the University of Ottawa to kick off their Health and Wellness Week. It was chilly and cold, but a fabulous event to be part of. I am thankful for the organizers and their forward thinking in connecting minimalism to wellness.


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The Seven Pillars of Wellness:

The Seven Pillars of Wellness:
  1. Spiritual Wellness
  2. Physical Wellness
  3. Financial Wellness
  4. Emotional Wellness
  5. Intellectual Wellness
  6. Environmental Wellness
  7. Social Wellness

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    Spiritual Wellness and Minimalism

    Spiritual wellness is not about any specific faith, but about fostering a sense of inner peace and harmony, while conducting activities that supports one's beliefs and values.

    Minimalism, at its core, is about alignment with our core values, while removing distractions. Minimalism contributes significantly to spiritual wellness by directing our finite resources of time, money and energy towards the things that matter to us the most.

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    Minimalism and Physical Wellness

    Physical wellness is about developing healthy habits and minimizing any risky behaviors, which can affect our well-being.

    Minimalism encourages physical wellness by making healthier eating choices, avoiding any unnecessary eating, focusing on an active lifestyle, and removing physical clutter from our surroundings.

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    Minimalism and Financial Wellness

    Financial wellness is about recognizing our financial situation and our relationship with money so that we can make rational decisions.

    Minimalism by nature propagates buying less and being able to live on less money. This can make us get out of debt, get ahead financially, and give more to society. Minimalism also makes it possible to see where our money is going, so we can optimize accordingly.

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    Minimalism and Emotional Wellness

    Emotional wellness is about understanding yourself and being emotionally balanced.

    Minimalism makes us focus on what we value the most by eliminating everything that distracts us. This helps us understand ourselves because, after the process of removing possessions from our lives, we have the space to dig deep into our hearts.

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    Minimalism and Intellectual Wellness

    Intellectual wellness is about spurring a sense of curiosity by exposing yourself to new experiences, concepts, and ideas that are mentally stimulating and creative. 

    Minimalism opens the pathway towards intellectual wellness, by providing us an opportunity to experience new ways of living, which were unknown to us before, under the usual garb of comforts.

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    Minimalism and Environmental Wellness

    Environmental wellness is about protecting and sustaining your surrounding environment to promote health and well-being.

    Minimalism contributes to environmental wellness because when we purchase and consume less, we are living a life that is better for the atmosphere around us. The more we donate and discard our possessions, the more it is used for recycling and reuse, helping save the environment.

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    Minimalism and Social Wellness

    Social wellness is about making meaningful connections with people, taking an active part in your community and sustaining positive relationships

    Minimalism frees us to experience the company of others, as we have ample time and space to spend time with our family and children, instead of chasing, accumulating and caring for unneeded possessions.

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    Minimalism and Happiness

    Minimalism provides a pathway to happiness and living a meaningful life, as it supports and encourages each of the seven wellness pillars. 

    It recognizes that lasting happiness and fulfillment cannot be found in material possessions.

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    The new minimalism

    In part, the new minimalism is a kind of cultural aftershock of the 2008 housing crisis and banking collapse. At the same time, minimalism has become an increasingly aspirational and deluxe way ...

    Minimalism for the affluent

    Many people have minimalism forced upon them by circumstance. Poverty and trauma can make frivolous possessions seem like a lifeline instead of a burden.

    Although many of today's gurus insist that minimalism is useful regardless of income, they target the affluent. The focus on self-improvement is more about accumulation.

    Minimalism of ideas

    True minimalism is not about throwing things out, but about challenging your beliefs in an attempt to engage with ideas as they are, to not shy away from reality or its lack of answers. 

    Underneath the vision of “less” is a mode of living that heightens the miracle of human presence.

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    It means focusing on and committing to the fundamentals, instead of wasting time, money, or energy on details.

    A minimalistic approach can be applied to consumption, goals,...

    The Diderot Effect

    Obtaining a new possession often creates a spiral of consumption which leads you to acquire more new things.

    As a result, we end up buying things that our previous selves never needed to feel happy or fulfilled.

    The paradox of choice

    When it comes to getting things done, options aren’t always a good thing.

    When everything is a possibility, it actually becomes harder to make the right choice. Meanwhile, when we place a constraint on ourselves, it can become much easier to get something done.

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    “Happiness and emotional health are not extras, or bonuses, or nice-to-haves – they’re actually at the core of wha..."

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    Happy Happy People

    Happiness is not a goal or something to pursue at a later time. Emotional health is a skill to be mastered, not a destination to eventually arrive at.

    And being happy is being linked to an active lifestyle, a better diet, better sleep, better weight management, lower stress levels, an improved immune system, and increased life expectancy.

    Analyze and Identify

    Get perspective and clarity on which area of your life you have to focus on. Start by analyzing, examining and identifying the problem areas:

    • Fun and Recreation
    • Physical Environment
    • Career
    • Finances
    • Personal Growth
    • Romance
    • Family and Friends
    • Health