Clutter can negatively impact well-being by making us feel uncomfortable, anxious, and stressed. This is especially true for people who are highly sensitive since clutter can easily overstimulate the mind and the senses. Distractions occur more regularly and there are fewer opportunities to relax both physically and mentally. Over time, frustration builds up and you can even become less productive.Continue reading “Why Decluttering Improves Your Well-Being”
Minimalism: a style or technique that is characterized by extreme spareness and simplicity.
I like the idea of minimalism. When I moved to the UK I adopted this concept. I managed to leave my country behind me with one cabin bag and nothing else. Three years later, not only I could not enter my tiny room, but my office was also filled with boxes and boxes of stuff. From time to time, I find myself needing to move once again. One positive aspect is that I can practice the principles of minimalism once again.
If you have not heard of the concept yet, I recommend you to start with a documentary called Minimalism. This film was made by two American guys who decided to embrace and teach the concept. They call themselves “The Minimalists“. What I like the most about their work is that they invite us to rethink consumerism and what is important in life. Could we lead a happier life by having less stuff?
There are a lot of benefits associated with going “minimal”. On one hand, you might feel that order has been restored in your physical space by having less stuff. On another hand, you are likely to experience a new sense of psychological freedom. Sometimes it feels like we don’t own our stuff but our stuff owns us. That’s why practicing minimalism can contribute a great deal to our well-being.
Where do we start then? Besides watching the documentary, you can adopt the four-decision model I describe below to go about your stuff and gain greater freedom.
Decision #1: Throw it away
Everything that is broken and has no possible use must go straight away to the rubbish bin. Even if it has great sentimental value.
Decision #2: Sell it
Some of the items you bought and barely used can be a source of income. You can list them on Facebook’s marketplace, eBay, or any other platforms you can use to sell your items.
Decision #3: Donate it
Everything that it’s not easy to sell online (e.g. clothes) can go to charity shops.
Decision #4: Keep it
Everything that is essential to your daily living can remain.
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With the right knowledge and a sizable backyard, anyone can be a proficient gardener. Not only is gardening a fun and healthy hobby, but it can also feed your community and family. If you’re interested in getting started, here are a few resources to get you on the right track.
How You Can Make a Difference
If you want to give back to your community, starting a garden will help families who can’t afford food. Many homes rely on food stamps or end up buying processed foods because they’re cheaper.
- In 2019, around 13.7 million households in the United States were food insecure. This number continues to grow.
- Fruits and vegetables are a source of important vitamins and minerals. They’re necessary for maintaining a healthy diet.
- Once you’ve grown an abundance of veggies, you can bring them to your local food bank, senior center, or church.
Plotting The Garden
Before you start your garden, you’ll need to have a plan and the right tools.
- Choosing the right location for your garden is essential. Make sure the area where you want to plant gets at least six hours of direct sunlight a day, has good drainage and is level with healthy soil.
- Fencing off your garden area is ideal in order to keep kids, pets, and pests/animals out of the space. Using the terms “cheapest fence company near me” can help you connect with the right contractors.
- If you’re a new gardener, your best bet might be starting with easy-to-grow veggies like tomatoes, squash, spinach, and green beans.
- Take some time to purchase essential gardening equipment. You’ll need gloves, rakes, shears, a shovel, etc.
Planting The Seeds
Now that you’ve put together a plan, you can start growing food for your community and family.
- To ensure that most of the sprouts survive, you can plant them indoors in potting soil with a light to help them grow.
- Once they are big enough, you can start transitioning them to being outside.
- Know how to properly water your garden for the best results.
- You should also make sure your garden is deweeded regularly.
As you tend to your garden, you’ll find that growing veggies is both rewarding and fairly easy if you know what you’re doing. Knowing that you’re helping to feed people without consistent access to fresh food will make the process even more enjoyable. Your efforts might also inspire neighbors to get involved!
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It’s not really news that hobbies as part of a mental health getaway are good for you, though. Scientists have known for a long time that the mental and physical benefits hobbies offer to make the activities we do just for fun a very important part of our lives. In addition to making us happier for the moment, studies cited in Shape magazine show hobbies have worthwhile long-term effects as well, like making us smarter and more interesting and helping us meet people. A few minutes a day of pleasurable activity can even help mitigate or avoid mental health issues like depression and anxiety. Here are 6 hobbies to bolster your mental health.Keep reading