As you know from my Part 1 post on Minimalism, over the last year and a half, I’ve done a lot of research on minimalism — and I have to confess I’ve become entirely fascinated by it.
I thought it would be fun to share some of the practical ways that I have implemented minimalism in my life in regards to self-care - maybe you’ll realize you’ve implemented “slow living” rituals into your life without even realizing it! I can tell a huge difference mentally and physically since implementing a few simple daily/ weekly routines.
1. Making work-outs a priority
I have a Tuesday night yoga date with myself and if I can help it, I try to never miss it. Minimalism has opened up so much time in my schedule and started better rhythms for me. I also have two Wednesday nights a month set aside for self-care, which can include dinner with a friend, therapy, calling a friend or family member, getting a massage, or going to a coffee shop to read. These rhythms have been really beneficial for me in making time to process the day, week, or past month, and remind me of just how important it is to take care of myself.
2. Enjoying Epsom salt baths + safer beauty products
Another rhythm I’ve created over the last few months is taking a hot epsom salt bath every night. Since I have scoliosis, this has been so beneficial in not only helping me relax and “reset” for the next day, but also provide relief from a full day’s work. I have also been more mindful of safe beauty products and what I put on my body.
3. Practicing mindfulness and stretching
I have also tried to implement mindfulness and stretching before bed as my new nightly routine. This is another self-care practice that helps me reset from the day and treat my body with the care it deserves. I’ve been amazed at how these little practices improve my overall well-being over time.
4. Falling asleep to the Calm app
Using my black sleep mask at night has allowed me to sleep more deeply, while blocking out any light from the street or from our room, if my husband is still reading while I fall asleep. Listening to my Calm app with headphones while falling sleep has also been beneficial! The app has “bedtime stories” that help me fall asleep more quickly and help my brain not wander and think of the million things I have to do the next day. It also prevents me from looking at my phone. ;)
5. Creating more time to read
As my time has been freed up, I’ve also had time to read more. Instead of spending my time every night cleaning up (don’t get me wrong, I still have to pick up, but it’s not as time consuming a task now), I’m now able to pick up more books that have been on my “to read” list for quite some time. I’ve found that reading at night has even been a form of mindfulness, helping me slow down and get lost in a story.
6. Following better eating habits
Finally, I’ve had the time and mental space to care about what I’m putting in my body. Even though I was never eating super terrible, I wasn’t good at eating my daily veggie count either. Now, I’ve been cooking more at home and eating more vegetables, less sugar and processed food. I got a refurbished Vitamix and it has been so much fun making homemade nut butters, soups, and snacks like hummus.
One misconception about minimalism is that you live in an apartment or home with only 100 items or so, but what I’ve learned is that it’s not about the amount of items you own but living with intention. And often, living with less naturally helps you live with more intention.
I’d love to hear ways you have implemented living more meaningful lives with less in the comments! And, be on the look out for Part 3 where I will share the many options you have once you have decluttered your space and the most beneficial & environmental friendly way to discard of your items!