5 Ways to Be More Minimalist This Week

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One of the most important skills I've learned since spending time overseas is how to let things go. Mostly, I've learned to stop worrying about every little thing. Learning a foreign language is tough (few people speak English where I lived in Asia), so one of the first things I had to learn to let go of was my own sense of embarrassment. If it took saying a bunch of words incorrectly and utilizing crazy hand gestures to get what I needed, so be it. That was fine. It doesn't really matter if people thought I looked silly or stupid. What matters was being able to communicate what I needed.

In minimalist living, a lot of people, especially newbies, tend to focus on impressing the people around them with how little they own. That's why you have the posts on Facebook talking about how someone only has 12 items in their bedroom or six things in their closet.

Um, who cares?

The goal of minimalism isn't to impress people. If you're living your life trying to get people to like you because of stuff you do, you need to seriously reevaluate yourself. The goal of minimalism is to focus on living life more fully and letting go of the things that don't matter.

This week, try to let the things go. Don't worry about random irritations or annoyances. Focus on pleasing your family and yourself, rather than impressing people. This does not mean you should go be a wretch. It means you shouldn't be upset when someone doesn't like you or isn't impressed with you.

Here are five things you can do this week to be a little more minimalist and a little less fussy.

1. No complaining about bad drivers

2. Stop getting annoyed with little kids

3. Remember that your day is not ruined

4. Don't jump to the worst-case scenario

5. Breathe

Seriously. Try these five things this week. You'll be surprised at how these small, simple things can lift your mood and help you avoid stress. Not every bad thing that happens to you is a big deal and by making small, simple changes to the way you view the world around you, you'll be able to focus more on the big-picture things that really do matter.

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