Minimalist mental health

Are you a disturbed individual? Do you find that less disturbance creates more of it? The calm minimalist lifestyle could be louder than you’d like. I hope you are healthy in every way, but I think mental health is an important part of minimalism. Take a look at this video.

This woman is very healthy. I think she expresses very positive attitudes to life and in my opinion she is highly admirable. I’m not sure most people could do what she’s doing. The idea of being completely alone for periods scares some people, and if it’s not natural for you to do that, you really shouldn’t.

I have been writing a lot about minimalism lately, which isn’t just about living on a smaller space and owning less stuff. It’s also about reducing the clutter inside your head. As we scale down the monsters from within are getting louder. You are more likely to hear your personal demons. Having more noise and clutter around prevents you from dealing with your demons, and perhaps this is even one of the motivations for our diversions. It makes it possible to push troublesome thoughts away. I believe that cleaning up in our mind is a vital part of a minimalist lifestyle, and if we don’t we haven’t really understood what it’s about.

Some people could benefit from therapy, but I sort of do that myself. I find it useful to reflect on my thoughts and ideas. If I’m in a situation where I think negatively, and familiar automatic thoughts pop up, I try to analyse them to see if there is any evidence for my assumptions, and what they are based on (facts or feelings). Could it be that I misunderstood or that there are alternative ways of handling the situation? I usually find that my initial reaction was wrong, but I find that it’s hard to do these things with a lot of noise around me. That is a good reason for choosing more silence. We don’t need to listen to TV and music every moment we are awake, and by applying some of the minimalist ideas we can focus more on strategies like this.

I can only speak for myself, but I function better with less distraction. I have had NLD all my life, but was diagnosed only eight years ago when I was 42. Having lived that long without knowledge and without help, I am comfortable about dealing with this alone because being alone is comforting. Other people may be better off going to a therapist, and that’s what I recommend.

There is another benefit of going minimalist. I referred to the Danish sociologist Rasmus Willig in my previous post. He claimed that the welfare society created after WW II has been replaced by the competition society, where it’s everyone against everyone, and striving for perfection makes us sick. It’s not easy leaving that race, but the people that do are probably a lot healthier.

Reducing the noise and dependency to things also makes it easier to love people. Things just get in the way. Incidentally, there are books about how to do cognitive therapy yourself. That might be a good place to start. That is, if you need it.

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