MINIMAL MONDAYS // a monthly series published on the first Monday of each month. dedicated to give you minimalistic & actionable tips that will help you live a life that’s true to you.
The idea of creating space for what’s important in my life has been my main focus lately. I really want this month to be the time where I’m super intentional about where my time is concentrated and spent. So I thought discussing how to create blank space would be the perfect way to start off Minimal Mondays.
Blank space (to me) are the little moments and pockets of time that you have and you use them to do what’s important to you. Because being busy isn’t always a good thing. Sometimes you just need to take it easy and focus on resting, reading, or doing a hobby that you enjoy. Blank space is all about paying attention to the little moments and joys in life.
how to create blank space in your life:
allow yourself to take breaks
Start prioritizing the time in your life for what you want to do. I’m working on creating even more balance in my life with my day job, this blog, hobbies, exercise, and resting. It takes a lot of time, but as long as I am prioritizing it all it’s allowing me to input breaks for myself.
I cannot stress how important breaks are for your mind, body, and soul. It’s important to let yourself rest and rejuvenate. I have taken a few blogging breaks and breaks from all media. Sometimes you need to get away and focus on what’s important. You can’t be everything to everyone all the time. Because you’ll stress yourself out and burn out and that won’t be good for anyone. So don’t push yourself to far, instead take a break. Whether it’s a ten minute break that your job gives you and you never take it, or it’s a fifteen minute walk on your lunch break without looking at your phone.
Being stressed and overwhelmed isn’t good for anyone. And I’ve learned that I’m the type of person that needs rest and to take care of myself. So learn to take care of you too, so you can be the healthiest version of yourself.
learn to say no
You can’t stretch yourself thin and be everything to everybody. So learn to stand up for yourself and say no. If you don’t want to do something because you just don’t feel like it, say no. I remember going through a period of my life when I was a people pleaser and I was miserable. Once I realized that I didn’t have to continue being this way. And I started saying no to things I didn’t want to do, and yes to the things I did – it made a big difference. As selfish as it sounds: sometimes you gotta put yourself first. And I don’t even think saying no is selfish. You can’t do it all. So take it from me because I learned that the hard way.
give yourself grace
Life’s hard sometimes and too many times we make ourselves feel bad about everything we do. This is why giving myself grace has become a big aspect of my life. I am the type of person that is extremely hard on myself. I even wrote a post on letting go of control, which is still a struggle at times. We all work so hard and giving yourself time to binge watch a tv show, or sleep an hour later on the weekend is okay! It’s taken me a while to feel like this. I would beat myself up over the little things like I didn’t exercise for exactly 60 minutes, instead I did 55 minutes. I mean, who cares? The point is that I actually took time out to go to the gym, which if you know me – I hate exercising haha. So just give yourself grace and be kinder to yourself – that is what is most important.
make time for your hobbies
I love hobbies. I didn’t realize how important they were to me until this summer. Especially since I started running this blog more like a business. So I got back into adult coloring books and creative ways to shoot images. I love photography, but I dismissed it for a while. Now I’m into it even more and I’m looking at investing in an even bigger DSLR. Hobbies are a great way to get out of your head and do something purely for enjoyment. And as you start finding that blank space in your life you’re able to prioritize your hobbies more.
I mean, need I say more? Practicing minimalism allows you time to focus on what you find valuable and let go of the rest. When you simplify your life you’re able to prioritize your time in a way that is perfect for you. You can rest more on weekends and take part in hobbies you enjoy instead of doing something you don’t care about. Minimalism has shown me that I need to give myself grace when I need a break. It has made me look at everything differently and slow down. Because sometimes less really is more.