What are you stressed about?
Do these stressors have something in common, and is there something you can do to ease this? For me, my stressors are related to my never-ending checklist of homework, of things to do for college, of things to do for dance, of just things that I need to get done: stress for me is caused by overwhelming checklists. There is a way for me to ease this stress through minimalism…
The long-term checklist: I spent a lot of time thinking about what I see for myself for the long term and what I want to accomplish and become. These well thought out goals are both reaching, in that they require work to achieve, and honest, in that I think I can do them. A balance. From there what can I accomplish this month to work towards my goals, and within that, what can I accomplish this week to work towards my goals? This takes care that I achieve my long-term goals.
The daily checklist is both made up of small parts of my long-term checklist and things that I just have to do… these are half the stress.
Prioritize. I have to determine what tasks must be done right away, what can wait, and what it isn’t beneficial to me. I then make sure I do them in that order.
An important note
Give yourself time. Schedule in a break, a time for art, a time to get enough sleep, a time to exercise or get outside. For me, I schedule time to do yoga and meditate every day, I schedule time to play guitar, I schedule time to journal. I make time for things that make me happy, things that take away the stress. Do this for yourself, and you will find you are less stressed and more wanting to accomplish your goals.
Thank you for reading, let me know what your distressing activity is.
Keeping August Organized.
My white madewell button up tee. My thrifted jean shorts. My CU Buffs hat. My green thrifted sweater tank. My birkenstocks. My denim jacket.
This is my uniform. I wear pretty much the same thing every day or a close variation. I love what I wear- I feel truly confident and truly myself. I honestly don’t think people notice, and honestly don’t care if they do. It’s what I feel good in. And it’s the most responsible thing I can do with my clothes… decide to wear less more often.
I feel stylish and in my element every day. I don’t have to think about what combination of clothes is right- I already know. The fashion part of my life is made much simpler because I get to wear my favorite pieces all the time.
What do you feel your best in? What is your uniform? How many different ways could you style your favorite tee shirt? Think about downsizing your closet’s quantity in exchange for quality and favorability. I think you might find yourself less stressed, more confident and more content.
Thank you for reading. Comment your favorite piece on your wardrobe.
If you consider yourself a feminist, like I do- meaning you believe in and actively support women being treated as equals (I would like to just say I am a humanist- meaning I believe all people, all genders should be treated as equals), then you simply cannot be a part of the consumerism problem. Here’s why…
- FAST FASHION: big brands like H&M, TopShop, Urban Outfitters, Walmart, Target, etc. any brand that outsources the making of close to third world and developing countries for a fraction of the cost causing extreme, detrimental, horrific results to the environment, the largely women workers and the countries’ economies. The women who work in these sweat shops do not make a liveable wage, rarely see family, are exposed to harsh chemicals daily, are overworked, and often treated with oppression in various ways- one being violence and unsafe working conditions. The thousands of suffering women who make fast fashion clothes is my problem, it is your problem, it is the world’s problem. And a choice you can make is to not spend your money on fast fashion clothes. I would like to add- not only do the workers suffer, but the local communities surrounding these clothing shops suffer from the chemicals. Usually diseases and cancers, birth defects, bad drinking water, chemical ridden crops arise in these communities, poisoning the earth, and the people.
- RESEARCH: the documentary, “The True Cost” on Netflix is phenomenal, heartbreaking, but eye-opening. Check it out. Also the documentary, “Minimalism” on Netflix.
- WHAT YOU CAN DO: don’t buy new clothes. Be a conscience consumer- only buy clothes from thrift shops so that no new clothes at being created at your behalf when there are a plethora of already made clothes available. If you must buy new clothes buy from a company that you have well researched as fair trade, organic, and sustainable. Brands like Reformation! Think quality- clothes are made to last of they are made well- invest in something you love dearly, was made with love, and is contributing to compassion- not something you will wear once, throw away, and is made at the cost of someone else’s and the Earth’s suffering. Buy less in general.
- EDUCATE YOURSELF: on brands, on their practices, on what you consider to be the most compassionate way to make a product, on what you require in a product.
Closing: if you consider yourself a feminist you shouldn’t partake in fast fashion by any means. Do your research and choose compassion.
Thank you for reading.
Recently I have started practicing meditation. It’s only been less than a month and not every day but close to that. Here is what I’ve learned, how I’ve changed and what I am going to continue to do.
WHAT I’VE LEARNED
I have learned that at first sitting for even 5 minutes is excruciatingly difficult. I was restless, my mind wandering. But the next day it would get a little easier to focus on my breath rather than the flying thoughts and discomfort of not being overstimulated by fast-paced life. Each Tim I meditated for 5 minutes it was easier until I thought I could do a minute more, and from that being easier, adding another minute. I now try to do 10 minutes a day. Sitting focusing on my breath and my body. Letting my mind turn inward and relax, refocus. I have also learned that meditating with crystals is pretty cool. I have 4 right now. Pyrite- the stone of positivity, Red Calcite- the detoxification stone or inner healing and strength, rose quartz- the stone of love and compassion, and citrine- the stone of success and joy. The point is to select a stone that serves meaning in my life and hold it and set intentions with it in mind. The process of feeling that energy and thinking about it serves me well throughout the day. I have learned that I am generally more calm, more thoughtful, more aware of myself and others, and a better listener and observer in general on days when I meditate.
HOW I’VE CHANGED
I’ve been more positive and thinking about the qualities of my stones, and my mind has been slower to show signs of extreme careless thoughts and assumptions. I rarely feel strong emotions possessing negative qualities like hate, rage, even feeling nervous and anxious has gone away. My mind is more at ease. What has increased is the calmness and the outlook on life as having an experience rather than upholding expectations. I now experience things as they are and find more inner peace and happiness because of it. I sleep better too. With my mind at ease and focusing on breath, without thoughts of stress running in my head, I find it easier to rest and sleep.
WHAT I WILL DO NOW
I will continue to meditate and hopefully daily now, slowly increasing my amount of time. I want to research meditation more and all the different kinds and techniques. I plan to read books and blogs and watch films on the topic. I also hope to take a meditation class soon.
Thank you for reading! If you meditate please let me know in the comments and tell me your why. Why do you meditate?
So the first time I went vegan was a little over a year ago. I did a month of research and took a couple weeks to transition from a healthier version of the standard American diet to an actually healthy diet of veganism. Or so I thought. At first I was super healthy but over time I became an unhealthy vegan- living off of just nutbutters, breads, sugars, bagels, etc. I was living in my dorm away from home at this time. Fresh veggies didn’t seem appealing and I became unhappy. Also at this time my period- which has always been irregular- stopped. My hormones were completely out of whack. So I went to a doctor and was told to eat eggs and diary to get more fats even though I was already living off of nuts. But I listened to the doctors advice for my health and for the sake of my mom. But it didn’t work, period did not come, acne remained. I was still not eating healthy and was eating animal products which are unhealthy. Then at home, frustrated, I decided that the last time my hormones were in balance and my period was at least happening was when I was eating all animal products so I went back to that. No change. Still no period. Worse acne. Frustrated and confused with doctors telling me one thing, my body not making sense and my morals telling me something else, I began researching veganism again. This time more in depth and this time into the actual health research not just for animal rights. I know eat a Whole Foods plant based diet. So yes vegan, but I try to avoid refined and processed foods. My period has come back as of today. My skin looks to be clearing up. I know I am doing the right thing for the animals, the environment and for my own health. Go vegan, but still think about your food choices within that.
I would also like to say that I am devastated with myself for not sticking with veganism, and the harm to animals and be environment that I inflicted in the meantime pains me. But I also think it took that full year of learning to be at the place that I am at now- I place where I feel phenomenal, and where I am following a lifestyle that is sustainably beneficial for all parties. Thank you for reading.
Funny how the further my Minimalism journey goes the more aspects of my life it reaches. It’s reached the food that I am putting into my body. I’ve decided for many reasons concerning animal rights, environmental concerns and my health to eat a Whole Foods, plant based diet. This is the most healthful, and minimal way of eating. I am minimizing the processed foods, the unhealthy foods, the violence, the torture, the insane energy that goes into animal product foods from my consumption. So as a minimalist this seems to be the only logical way of eating in my eyes. It eliminates the foods from my life that cause harm, and health problems, leaving room for healthy food, health in general and happiness. Later I will talk about zero waste which has been in my mind for a while and which I am trying to transition to. But I also wanted to say once your on this path, it’s like a domino chain- each aspect of your life you change in a minimalists’ mindset will then inspire you to change another- all ultimately contributing to your overall happiness. This is a short article, but I wanted to update that part of my life- and here are some documentaries that helped me make the switch: Live and Let Live, Cowspiracy, What the Health, Forks over Knives, Fed Up. Thank you for reading and let me know if you are plant based!!!!