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How Minimalism Can Improve Your Health – Guest Post by Samantha Lindsey

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Hello! I have a special treat for you today! One of my FAVORITE YouTube friends is visiting us today to share how minimalism can improve your health. Samantha Lindsey is a big inspiration in my minimalist journey. She shares how minimalism is transforming her life in many ways, but mostly in ways that concern her health.

With so many that are affected by different health issues, I thought having Samantha share her story could motivate us all to see what we can alter in our lives to improve it.

I hope you enjoy what she has to say! Please be sure to comment below with any questions, and visit her channel to let her know you enjoyed learning more about her journey!

Optimal health is something I always wanted to achieve but continually fell short. I spent years searching for the answer. Strict guidelines, complicated workout regimes and unrealistic expectations left me feeling defeated. Anxiety and depression controlled my life. Negative thoughts overcrowded my mind. It felt like a never-ending downward spiral.

How Minimalism Can Improve Your Health

Hi there! My name is Samantha. I was excited when Erin reached out for me to write a guest post on her blog. It’s a topic I love talking about because it truly changed my life.

Optimal health is something I always wanted to achieve but continually fell short.

I spent years searching for the answer. Strict guidelines, complicated workout regimes and unrealistic expectations left me feeling defeated. Anxiety and depression controlled my life. Negative thoughts overcrowded my mind. It felt like a never-ending downward spiral.

Embracing a minimalist lifestyle was the solution I so desperately searched for. I had no idea the concept of living with less could affect my health in the best possible way.

Minimalism rids your life of the unnecessary, thus creating space and time for what really matters.

Since simplifying, I’m in the best shape of my life. Not just physically; emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

Decluttering improves mental health.

I didn’t think it was possible to break free from the bondage of anxiety and depression, but I was wrong. The tools I learned from minimalism helped me take back control of my life.

It started from decluttering my possessions. I had no idea how much clutter affected my life. Every item I let go of felt like bricks being lifted off my shoulders. I realized that visual clutter triggered my overwhelming thoughts. If I didn’t love it or didn’t use it, out it went.

After a few weeks, I was less anxious. After a few months, my anxiety was almost non-existent.

I keep my space and mind clear by regularly editing what I have and being intentional with what I bring home. Minimalism isn’t a declutter-once-and-done kinda thing. It’s a journey that’s constantly changing.

Less stuff gives you more clarity and focus.

When I was in school, I couldn’t start my homework until my room was tidy and my desk surface was clear. I’d get too distracted by all the stuff.

It makes sense; clutter obstructs focus.

If you keep the items you love or use regularly, and let go of what you no longer need, you will inevitably create a space with less chaos. You’ll be able to focus clearly instead of getting overwhelmed mountains of clutter.

Minimalism creates healthy habits.

You know why my resolutions never stuck? I made it too complicated and gave up soon after I started.

I finally realized I didn’t need to spend hours in a gym with a super complex routine. Instead, I find exercises I love and want to do.

Dieting? Counting calories? Weighing myself? Restricting? I threw all of that in the trash. My motto now is to keep everything simple, from ingredients to workouts.

I keep recipes basic. Choosing to fuel my body with nutritious, whole foods made a big difference. I’ve learned to create delicious meals that have few ingredients and don’t take up too much time.

I used to be the queen of excuses. I had a stockpile of reasons why I couldn’t workout or make healthy meals. Minimizing other areas in my life allowed me to the find the time “I didn’t have enough of.”

Embracing a simpler life.

There have been so many benefits I’ve reaped from simplifying, but the biggest transformation has been in my health journey. I’ve found joy in creating a healthy lifestyle through minimalism. So many people believe it’s just about living with the bare minimum, but it actually creates a life of abundance.

Have you found minimizing certain areas allowed you to make time for healthy living? I’d love to read about it in the comments!


Minimalism Can Be Used As A Tool To Improve Your Health - Guest Post by Samantha Lindsey | www.thetannehillhomestead.comBio: Hi! I’m Samantha; everyone calls me Sam. You’ll always find me with a cup of coffee in hand. Over two years ago, I embraced a minimalistic lifestyle and haven’t looked back. Simplifying gave me freedom from anxiety and a life of abundance. I could talk about it for hours, so I decided to make YouTube videos about it.

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16 Comments

  • Reply
    Laina Turner
    February 22, 2017 at 9:18 am

    Anything that makes life simpler is good these days. Thanks for the great post!

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    Jessica Jade
    February 22, 2017 at 9:19 am

    I NEEDED to read this. I’m becoming a wellness coach and am definitely falling short on the health spectrum. It’s time to put minimalism into action.

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      February 22, 2017 at 9:21 am

      Jessica, this makes me so happy! I cannot wait to hear about how it changes your life, because it will!

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    Kiara
    February 22, 2017 at 12:50 pm

    Such a wonderful guest post, Samantha! I couldn’t agree with you more on all these great points you listed on minimalism. Mental clarity and focus is huge for me because I’m creating and blogging in my home a lot, so less stuff means more space for my mind to create ideas! Loved everything you wrote here! Will definitely be sharing this 🙂

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      February 23, 2017 at 7:53 am

      I am glad you enjoyed her post, Kiara! Samantha’s YouTube channel is very inspiring; I think you will love it!

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    Cara
    February 22, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    I really love your approach to everything! Learning to focus on a more simple life, overall and keeping things simple. 🙂

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      February 23, 2017 at 7:55 am

      I love her approach as well, Cara! Samantha is the inspiration of how I am continuously simplifying my beauty and cleaning routine.

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    Mistle
    February 22, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Such a great approach to life! I tend to go on decluttering binges ever so often. It makes life so much better.

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      February 23, 2017 at 7:56 am

      I agree, Mistle! I love having a tidy home. Things are much simpler and easier to tend to each day.

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    Jewels
    February 22, 2017 at 6:02 pm

    Great post! I also find that decluttering helps me concentrate better. Whenever I feel overwhelmed I clean up and feel much better.

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    karissa
    February 22, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    I have been slowly going more minimal over the last couple years. Still a ways to go but it feels better.

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      February 23, 2017 at 7:57 am

      I bet it does, Karissa! One thing I have learned is that if you take your time, you have a greater chance at sticking with the changes you make. Keep it up and you will get to where you want to be!

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    Audrey
    February 26, 2017 at 10:51 am

    I’m so thankful I happened upon your IG post and this blog! I started my attempt at minimalism about a year ago and the small steps I’ve taken feel great. It’s definitely not a one timebthing, minimalism is a constant journey. This blog inspired me to stay the course withbeven great purpose. Thank you!

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      Erin | A Welder's Wife
      February 27, 2017 at 9:16 am

      I am so glad you found me, Audrey! I agree with you; minimalism is definitely something that takes actionable focus. I am glad this post has inspired you to stick with it!

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