When Abundance is Stressful
Many of us in the United States suffer from an unexpected stressor…Abundance. It doesn’t sound like a problem, but we now live in a society where we don’t just have enough, we have too much. Of course this isn’t true for everyone, but for many of us, this is an issue and a source of stress. It sounds ridiculous and it’s something you could roll your eyes at and label a “first world problem”. (I know that’s a politically incorrect statement, but it makes the point, for sure). Having too much stuff, too much debt or too much to do... is a real source of stress for many!
Are any of these statements true for you?
-I have so much stuff, my home feels cluttered.
-I have so many clothes I can’t find anything in my closet.
-I bought a replacement item for something I know I own, but I just couldn’t find.
-I throw away food that expired or went bad.
-I have credit card debt but I can’t tell you exactly what I bought on credit.
-I don’t have a plan to ever be out of debt.
-I am so busy I feel like all I do is run from one meeting or activity to another, rarely taking time to simply relax and enjoy a hobby (other than social media and TV).
If any of these statements sound familiar to you (they do to me!), then first, take a moment and be grateful that you live in a place and a time where you can have so much! Then, you might find some benefit in reading or listening about minimalism. I don’t mean to suggest that you should get rid of your possessions and live out of a backpack, but there is so much inspiration for the “every-day-joe” that can be found in the many voices of minimalism.
Some of my favorites are:
What have I learned by reading and listening to the wise words of these people?
Less is often more. Outer chaos does cause mental chaos. Debt is an often unnecessary stress. Simplicity does inspire serenity. More is better only up to a point, then, it’s just more. It’s easy to throw your money away on junk. Meal planning really does reduce waste. Schedule down time. Working more does not equate to living a better life. Relationships are more important than money. Etc…
Our February Personal Evolution Group discussion at Holistic Hub will touch on simplicity and minimalism around the topic of CAPSULE WARDROBES.
It’s not really about clothes and fashion. It’s about your relationship with stuff and this is a great way to dip your toe into the pool of minimalism.
It’s about taking a realistic look at what you need vs what you want vs what you have. It’s about feeling good about yourself and the choices you make. It’s about not stressing about what to wear (I mean really, there are more important things to stress about). It’s about taking a step toward living within your means, living with what you comfortably need and about letting go of the excess that is weighing you down.
A great starting point on the concept of capsule wardrobes is
Check it out, then jump over to the 2/21 PEG Facebook event and let us know you are coming! We will watch a short video from Courtney Carver and talk about how to start creating a capsule wardrobe of your own. It will be a fun and inspiring conversation, come join us!
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