Last year I was on my yoga mat stretching when an overwhelming feeling of anxiety suddenly hit and I burst into tears. I didn't completely understand why I felt this way but I immediately stopped stretching, hopped into bed, and turned on Netflix (something I rarely do) the first thing that caught my attention was a documentary called "The Minimalist" I was intrigued, so I watched it. The next day I was in a book shop reading the back of a book when the lady standing next to me knocked a book off the shelf, I bent down to pick it up and the book was called "The Minimalist" coincidence? I took it as a sign that it was time to start removing all the excess crap from my life.

I had never realized the effect that all this excess stuff had on me, all the physical clutter around me was creating mental clutter and anxiety.

This got me thinking, if this is what my possessions were doing to me, someone that isn't that into shopping or holding onto things (not anymore anyway), imagine what it's doing to shopaholics and hoarders.

As a society we are constantly consuming and filling our homes with more and more material items, why? the majority of these things serve no real purpose at all and a lot of the time they end up sitting completely untouched for years but we still cling to them…Is it because we are unhappy in some aspect of our life so we search for happiness externally in material things? 

TV shows, social media, and advertisements play a big part in this, they have a way of making us feel like we need things to feel happy, to feel complete, and to not fall behind. We tell ourselves "When I can buy that, I will be happy" or "When I get that I will be complete" but then we get the thing and the happiness lasts for a moment and we are back to feeling unhappy again and the search for our next purchase begins.

As a teenager and into my early twenties this is exactly how I functioned. I was lost and unhappy. I was constantly looking to material items to comfort me and fill the empty space where I wanted happiness to be. I would go shopping and buy some pretty things, be on a high pretty much until i got the shopping home and then I would be over it and back to the same empty feeling.

If any of this sounds familiar, start looking within yourself, find out why you are trying to seek happiness in material items, stop watching TV (I haven’t had TV for over 6 years and getting rid of it was one of the best things I ever did), follow accounts on social media that have a purpose, that encourage personal growth, that inspire your creativity, that inspire you to live in line with your true self and your purpose, start practicing Yoga and meditation, try new things, find who you are and what you truly love, surround yourself with others who encourage you to do this and encourage others to do the same, stop buying things you don’t need, before you purchase something ask yourself “do i need this?” if the answer is “no” walk away, and start removing the clutter in your home, go through one room at a time and go through EVERYTHING ask yourself Do I need this?” and “Will honestly ever use it again?" if the answer is “no” it’s time to let it go to charity.

Fill your life with growth, love, freedom, and adventure! Don't fill it with material rubbish.

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