July 12th is National Simplicity Day.
It’s a growing phenomenon to get back to the basics when it comes to lifestyle and choices.
The benefits are quite impactful. They include less stress, less anxiety and more peace of mind, according to Medium (2021) and Psychology Today (2012).
“Minimalist living gets the side eye often,” says Synchronous Health Specialist, LMFT, Karen Brimeyer. “In our culture, more is usually seen as better. But truthfully, our anxiety tends to come from being overwhelmed. Overwhelmed with stuff, thoughts, things to do, social media, etc.
“Try just one weekend without the extra stuff,” she says. “Turn off the phone. Forget TV exists. Quiet your world. This is where peace often lies — in the stillness of less.”
Ready to give it a go? Here are some ideas to get you started:
De-clutter your mind. Take some time away from news, media and technology. Create some space for a simplified state of mind. Start with a little time, then expand as you go.
De-clutter your space. Phase out things you no longer need or use — be it old clothes, appliances, trinkets, etc. It’s kind of incredible how much stuff we have that we don’t actually need.
Give it away. Giving is a way of simplifying our material possessions and sharing them with others. Your giveaway can be another person’s treasure.
If you could use some help, we’re ready to provide it through Connect with Karla. To learn more and connect with a specialist, visit sync.health/mnps or call 615-748-0625.
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