Minimalism

 
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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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How To Live a Happier Life

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"Fill your cup first and allow the world to benefit from your overflow." 

HAPPINESS IS AN INSIDE JOB
Let’s start by ending our constant search for happiness in external things. You will not find true happiness in a new handbag, a pair of shoes, or a new relationship. Happiness starts with you, happiness is an inside job. 

FOCUS ON THE PRESENT
Learn from your past, part with it & don’t play victim. If you constantly think about problems from the past or use these problems as excuses, you will never be truly happy. While attempting to predict the future can be addictive, don't make a habit of worrying too much about it. It’s awesome to be ambitious and set goals, but don’t stress about it and let it ruin your present. Be grateful for what you have while working towards what you want. Be ambitious, set your goals and work towards them peacefully. Whenever you find yourself dwelling in the past or stressing about the future, bring yourself back and focus on your breath in the present. 

COMPARISON IS THE THIEF OF JOY
Stop comparing yourself to others, we are all different and should be happy in our own skin. It would be a pretty boring world if we were all the same.

Be 100% authentically yourself and love yourself! Stop worrying about what others think of you, it’s not their life, it’s yours. If you spend your life hiding your real self and trying to be like others you don’t know what you could miss out on, or what amazing souls might slip through your fingers because you were too busy hiding who you really are. Be true to yourself always and learn to say no. If you don’t want to do something just say no, it is ok to say no it doesn’t make you a bad person.

CUT TIES
Don’t be afraid to end toxic relationships, whether it be with a partner or a friend. If you don’t feel good around this person or you feel you can’t be yourself around them, it might be time to end it. It’s okay to end something that is no longer making you feel good or helping you grow. Don’t let toxic people hold you back, this is your life and you deserve to live it the way you want.

GOSSIP IS TOXIC
Stop gossiping. I can’t stress this enough, gossip is extremely toxic and will only drag you down to a lower vibration and make you feel crappy. When you gossip, you are letting your ego take over, the ego feeds off this kind of negativity. Leave your ego behind and be happy for others. If you are surrounded by people that constantly gossip, ask them to stop and if they don’t maybe it’s time to think about whether you really need these kind of people in your life.

DE-CLUTTER
Get rid of clutter! Look around your house, how much of the stuff in our house do you actually use? Does it make you feel good? A cluttered house only creates a cluttered mind. Go through your home one room at a time, pick each item up and ask yourself if it has a purpose, or if it brings you any real joy, if it doesn’t it’s time to say good bye and give it to charity.

PROGRAM YOUR MIND FOR SUCCESS
Your thoughts ultimately create your reality. If you are constantly thinking unhappy thoughts and think that bad things always happen to you, they will. The universe gives you exactly what you think it does. So be happy, know that the universe is on your side and that you have the power to create a life that lights your soul up.

PASSION IS KEY
Make time for things you love and are passionate about! We all make excuses about not having time to do things that we want to, I am guilty of this but the truth is we can make time, if we have time for television or social media we have time for the things we love.

Get out of your own way, express gratitude for yourself and the people you love and spread happiness and love wherever you are! 

Sam xx

The Healing Benefits of Earthing

 
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Getting Back to Nature

After an exhausting few days last week, I headed down to the beach to get some fresh air and connect with the earth. I dived in the water and immediately felt at ease, present, energized, and an abundance of gratitude.

This made me realize we don’t get outdoors nearly enough. As a society we spend so much time inside stuck in front of the television, the computer or our phones. When we do get outdoors we usually have shoes on and a lot of the time a cell phone in hand.

It is so important to make time to disconnect from technology and get outdoors as often as possible, to get grounded, to breath in fresh air and to soak up the natural sunlight. 

Earthing or Grounding is simply getting outside and connecting your bare feet to the earth. This could mean walking around bare foot in your back yard or just sitting with your feet connected to the earth or finding a nice comfy patch to lay down and relax.

When we connect our bare skin to the earth we absorb the earth's free flowing electrons. I learned about this a couple of years ago after reading a book called Earthing by Clinton Ober. The book made perfect sense to me, I have never been a huge fan of wearing shoes and I always feel better after being outdoors.

The benefits:

  • Helps with fatigue & improves sleep

  • Anti inflammatory

  • Reduces stress & anxiety

  • Boosts energy

  • Slows down the aging process

  • Speeds up the healing process

  • Protects the body against environmental electromagnetic fields (EMFs)

  • Helps with chronic pain

  • Speeds up muscle recovery

  • Improves circulation

Getting out in the sun daily has many benefits including giving us a good dose of Vitamin D. With that said It's important to be smart and not over expose yourself to sunlight. The safest time to get out in the sun is before 10am and after 3pm. 

Some of the benefits of daily sunlight include

  • Helping with anxiety & depression

  • Improves brain function

  • Anti inflammatory

  • Boosts immune system

  • Lowers blood pressure

  • Boosts energy

  • Promotes bone health

  • Protects against heart disease

  • Helps with fatigue & improves sleep

By getting outdoors and breathing in fresh air you are getting more oxygen flowing. Below are some of the benefits of increased oxygen.

  • Cleaner lungs

  • Increased energy & brain function

  • Improved digestion

  • Increases serotonin which makes you happier

  • Boosts immune system

If you live near the ocean go for a walk along the beach in the morning, take a swim, or just sit in the sand and bury your feet in. If you have a park close by go for walk and sit down under a nice tree and connect your bare feet to  the earth.

If it's easier, step outside your door into your back yard bare foot, just sit and be present. Take in all of the sounds and smells around you. Feel the grass and the dirt under your feet.

Make the time to get outdoors and get grounded. If you feel strapped for time eat your breakfast and your lunch outside. Just 15 minutes per day outdoors is better than no time at all. 

Get outside now and see how it feels, take note of how you feel before, while you are earthing, and how you feel after.

Don’t forget to take your shoes off, and enjoy! 

Sam xx
 

Manifest A Life You Love!

 
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"Your thoughts create your reality, you are the director of your life!"

Growing up I was a big time over thinker, stress and anxiety ruled my life, I was riddled with self-doubt, fear, and I lacked self-confidence.

When I started to realise the power of my thoughts and the words I use, I could see clearly how I had attracted everything, the good and the bad into my life. Realising this had a powerful impact on me, I could finally start to let go of self-pity, fear, judgement, doubt, blame, and change those negative thought patterns into positive ones.

Early last year my mindset started to go downhill again after I injured my back in a car accident, this accident had a big impact on my lifestyle. My health and fitness went downhill, going about my daily life was harder, I could no longer work out the way I could before, a lot of the yoga poses that made me feel amazing before were now difficult and painful. I started to feel stressed, anxious, frustrated and even angry with myself. I had not felt this way in years, I started to doubt that I would be able to create the life I had dreamed of and be able to do the things that make me happy. I lost direction and all motivation. It’s safe to say that I allowed this experience to consume my mind and get the best of me. I knew that my thoughts were making it worse and I had to make some changes, I had to do something about it.

I have been aware for a few years about the power of the mind and how our thoughts shape our reality so I knew all I had to do was change my thoughts and I would start to feel better and be able to get back on track. I needed to stop looking at the negatives and start focusing on the positives.

I started writing down 3 things that I am grateful for every morning, along with writing down and repeating positive affirmations out loud. I stopped my negative thoughts when I heard them creeping in throughout the day and began replacing them with positive ones. It wasn’t long until I started to feel happier and motivated again. Things around me started changing very quickly, and I began to notice positive things flowing into my life again. 

I can now see more clearly how powerful our thoughts are, they literally shape our reality. This realisation is extremely empowering!

This is why I created the Daily Planner and Mindset Map, so that you too can start changing your thoughts, get your life on track, and start living a happier, healthier, more balanced life.


The first part of the Daily Planner is for you to write down something you are working on for the day, it might be the same thing that you write daily until you feel you have mastered it or it might be something different every day.

Examples below:

  • Today I am working on being present.

  • Today I am working on taking long slow breaths.

  • Today I am working on stepping out of my comfort zone.

  • Today I am working on less judgement and gossiping.

  • Today I am working on spending less time online.

  • Today I am working on seeing the best in others.

  • Today I am working on letting go of fear.

  • Today I am working on being open minded.

  • Today I am working on smiling more.

  • Today I am working on spending more time outside.

I have added some important things on the To do list such as Yoga, Meditation, Affirmations, and Journaling and have left space for you to add in your other daily to do’s.

There is space for you to plan ahead with your meals so you can make sure you are eating nutritious food and you’re not left making rushed decisions during the day leading to later feeling regretful and disappointed in yourself. In the water intake section you can colour in or tick the drops as you go. I drink from a 500 ml water bottle and colour in a drop after each bottle,  aiming for at least 3 litres per day.

You can use the Notes section however you want. You might use it to write something motivating, to reflect on the day, or you might just use it to write down a note from a phone call.


Now for the Mindset Map!

Affirmations program your mind, by saying positive affirmations daily you transform your negative thought patterns into positive ones.

Affirmation examples:

  • I am healthy, I am happy, I am free.

  • I can do anything I set my mind to.

  • I am a magnet for success and happiness.

  • I am full of positive energy and joy.

  • I am overflowing with creativity.

  • I am full of unlimited potential.

  • My thoughts are positive and create my world.

  • My good vibes and happiness flows into others.

  • Abundance flows freely into my life.

  • My business is growing and successful.

  • My opportunities are limitless.

Writing down what you are grateful for daily helps you shift your perspective to a place of gratitude. The biggest thing that stops us from seeing how much good we have is the constant feeling of wanting more, this has a lot to do with social media and television. By shifting to a place of gratitude you will feel healthier and happier, your relationships will improve, you will have a positive impact on those around you.

Gratitude examples:

  • I am grateful for my good health.

  • I am grateful for my family.

  • I am grateful for cuddles.

  • I am grateful for good books.

  • I am grateful for warm summer days.

  • I am grateful for the opportunities I have.

  • I am grateful for the loving and encouraging people in my life.

  • I am grateful for uncontrollable laughter that makes my stomach hurt.

  • I am grateful for Ocean swims, nature walks, sunsets, and sunrises.

Remember this will take time as any change does but stick to it and I have no doubt your life will change for the better!

I will be sharing some of my affirmations and what I am grateful for regularly on Instagram and I would love it if you would do the same.. Please tag me @pritiyogi and hashtag #pritimind.

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