Minimalism isn’t just a concept that helps us reorganize our homes and lives in a more effective and aesthetically pleasing manner.In fact, minimalism can be a helpful way to combat mental illness of all degrees of severity, from anxiety to schizophrenia and back.
Overstimulation is an enemy of mindfulness, as one cannot think clearly when we are bombarded with sensory information.
What is more, an abundance of stimuli cluttering up our homes or offices means that there are plenty of visual cues that can trigger thoughts or memories. And while that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it can be hell for someone dealing with mental illness. Hence, minimalism can be really helpful in bringing peace and clarity.
When there are no longer so many things around to distract you from who you truly are, the most enlightening and radical self-discovery takes place.
Keeping your mind busy with useless things might seem like a good way to cope with mental illness, but its effects are only temporary.
In the long run, knowing who you are is the best thing that you can do for yourself. Also, by clearing your spaces, your home becomes a blank canvas, where you unwind in whatever way you see fit, instead of having to take care of your numerous belongings on the daily.
There is a chance to do what you want with this space. Your home or personal corner could become a place of creativity, for painting or working with clay.