One of the girls said it was the first time she hadn't felt worried, when she literally had something to wear and something to sleep on. The simplicity of life seemed to provide a sense of calm for her.
I can relate to that, de-cluttering always gives me a better sense of order and calm and in my experience with clients, our heads are often overflowing with stuff which really isn't ours to worry about. Getting rid it all can be very freeing.
What could you not live without?
Later in the week a friend of mine posted on social media asking if you were being taken away for the weekend which one of the following items would you have to take (this was a girlie group so apologies men I'm sure your list would be very different!) Would you take:
A - Dry Shampoo
B - Your jewellery
C - Make up bag
D - Your phone.
My answer was simple.....none of them. Ok so they would all probably be nice to have but none of them would be 'oh my I simply must take my........or I wouldn't be able to enjoy myself.' My thoughts are......I am me, I'm comfortable being me so take me as I am or not at all.
I can't help but feel saddened that people don't have enough confidence in their own self to exist without these kinds of cultural norms, fearing that people would feel less of them or somehow they wouldn't be good enough. In the TV programme not a single person was ostracised when they didn't have their best clothes, make up etc.....in fact on the whole people seemed to warm to them more!!!
Does Social Media make us worry more?
I couldn't help but feel I was a little 'weird' as the only one who answered 'none' to the question social media question posed above. Despite my admission of confidence being a positive it was dented a little because I was the odd one out. Funny how your brain works isn't it!!!
I think it's hard to feel good about yourself when you're constantly comparing your life with other people's.
Equally the people on the TV programme I mentioned above had mixed experiences when it came to social media, some got their phone back pretty early , while others waited. One girl came off social media completely after the experiment.
I love the fact social media allows me to keep in touch with people but I think it's so easy to get swamped by it and worry you're not fitting in. I'm as guilty of this as anyone but I'm improving.
So what do you think? Does having stuff just make us worry more e.g. 'I have to have this, that and the other to feel good? Or do you feel having lots of stuff eases your worry and makes you happier? I'd love to know your experiences and thoughts.
I've certainly found more peace when I've de-cluttered both my life and my head. I purposely try not to get involved with things which aren't mine and to live a simpler life but I have to admit sometimes it doesn't come naturally and takes practise!!!
Until next time.