Minimalism, Self-care & Balance

Let me start off by saying that I love minimalism. I don’t think there’s necessarily a set of rules or items that make a person a minimalist, but over the past year, minimalism has given me a new lens to see the world through. The process of being more intentional about the objects I bring into my life has allowed me to become more empowered and give more value intangible things like my physical body and my relationships. With this said, I also really like having balance in my life, in whatever part of my life this may be. Recently, I’ve noticed myself restricting myself from buying things that I really want because of this self imposed minimalist label I’ve put on myself. In this article I want to dissect that thought a little more and figure out how I can better inject balance into my minimalist lifestyle.

I had this realization that I was restricting myself from buying things after talking to my therapist and noticing that I wasn’t practicing certain self-care things I used to do in the past like treating myself to skincare products or buying clothes that I really liked. Self-care comes in a lot of different forms and I do believe that I have been practicing self-care in other forms like meditation and journaling, but I have been restricting myself from any sort of self-care that involves buying things.

One of the main reasons I’ve been so interested in minimalism is because after my dad passed away, I realized how much life is not about the objects we own, it’s about the relationships we have and the time we spend doing things together with other people. I started to take notice of the things I did own and whether they were bringing true value into my life, whether that be a functional value, aesthetic value or sentimental value.

For full transparency, I think I got caught up in this idea and forgot to let myself enjoy things that I do like to do, like buying skincare products, and clothes. I actually really enjoy buying clothing. Ever since I had my own income, I would always scour online retail stores to find new clothes that I liked. I love looking at different patterns, colors and styles and incorporating them into my life. In an effort to be more sustainable and minimal, I just stopped buying clothes outright, and looking back, I don’t think that was the best way for me to go about it.

After coming to New York, I’ve felt a lot more inspired by people and the world around me. I want to tap into my natural inclinations towards the things I like. I’ve decided to give myself permission to enjoy things and not be so wrapped up in the definitions of minimalism or sustainability. I know that I have learned so much in the past year about both minimalism and sustainability, and I can already see so much change in how I look at buying things and I know I will always keep those things in mind in the future. I would also like to give myself credit for being good about buying things with intention and also taking care of those things for a long period of time.

Anyways, as always, I invite you to reflect on your own life and your own restrictions you might be unknowingly putting on yourself. If you are doing this, I encourage you to give yourself some grace and permission. We live in a stressful world and life is a little too short to be constantly restricting yourself from doing things that you love.

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