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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Ashoka chapter.

Why does life have to be so needlessly complicated? Why can’t we just sit in my room with music in my ears, engrossed in a book, without our minds racing a thousand miles a minute?

We often overcomplicate our lives to an extent that robs us of the simple joys and the beauty of the quiet moments around us. Our emotions, thoughts, and lifestyles often lead us to become so self-absorbed that we forget to appreciate the happiness and power of the subtle moments in life. Embracing minimalism is a key to finding contentment in this chaotic world, and it is essential for us to learn to cherish our inner minimalist.

It’s common for us to do things simply because everyone else is doing them. We decorate our dorm room walls with the same posters and colors, buy a plethora of clothes just because they’re in fashion, or visit overrated places just to keep up with the crowd. It’s liberating to realize that we don’t need to constantly chase after what everyone else is doing. In truth, what truly matters are the experiences and actions that define our own unique journey, not the fear of missing out (FOMO) on someone else’s. All we need to make sure is that we are doing something worthwhile when we miss out on other things.

The more we pile onto our plates, the harder it becomes to navigate life, and often, our ambitions drive us to points of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion. Many of us end up surrendering to this overwhelming pressure, leading to feelings of disappointment and dissatisfaction. Leading a minimalist life help us concentrate on things that matter to us the most. It sharpens our focus and saves our mind and time.

So, here’s a guide to simplifying your college life as much as possible, so you can steer clear of a consumerist mindset:

1. Minimalist Wardrobe: Instead of accumulating a mountain of clothes, opt for a select few that you truly love and wear regularly. This not only saves time but also helps you maintain a tidy appearance.

2. Mindset Matters: Focus on things within your control and let go of unnecessary worries. For college students, it’s essential to learn the art of letting go. We often get caught up in trivial matters and forget the bigger picture. Cultivating a minimalist mindset helps us grow faster and stronger.

3. Simplify Your Space: Make your room a place of comfort and familiarity. Decorate it with posters, pictures, and memories that resonate with you, rather than just for the sake of decoration.

4. Budget Wisely: College expenses can be stressful for our parents, let alone the additional money we spend on coffee and non-essentials. Practicing minimal spending helps us control unnecessary desires and gain a sense of financial responsibility.

5. Fun with Health: Simplify your approach to fitness. You don’t need complicated gym equipment; sometimes, picking up a sport or enjoying outdoor activities like swimming or badminton can be just as fun and effective.

6. Drama-Free Relationships: Nurture friendships that are meaningful and long-lasting, without constantly draining your energy. Good friendships not only help you grow but also bring you peace. Choose your friends wisely and wait for the ones who are patient and genuine.

7. Be Kind to Yourself: Life can be overwhelming, and when everything seems complicated, it’s important to show yourself some kindness and self-love.

But why should we embrace minimalism in the first place? By simplifying our lives, we free ourselves from the constant chase of material possessions and societal expectations. We make room for what truly matters – moments of genuine connection, personal growth, and the serenity that comes with a clutter-free mind.

Minimalism is not about deprivation; it’s about conscious choices. It’s about being intentional in every aspect of our lives, from the items we own to the thoughts we harbor. In embracing minimalism, we learn that less truly is more – more time, more peace, and more happiness. So, let’s simplify our lives and discover the profound beauty in the ordinary moments that often pass us by unnoticed.

Hey, I’m Kaashvi. Someone who finds comfort in the words she writes. I’m a prospective Economics major. A hopeless romantic who loves reading, listening to soft rock, and experiencing subtle things not so subtlety. Hope I’m able to put a smile on your face through my writing :)