Life becomes more simplistic when you learn to let go. Whether that be toxic relationships, friendships, jobs, and most importantly unnecessary materialistic items. We’ve been trained to believe that more is important. However, that’s not always the case. Sometimes having less is just fine.
I did something that some people may think is drastic but I’d consider to be normal. On June 29th, 2020 I gave up my bed and decided to sleep on the floor. Now I know what you are all thinking. Why would you do something so crazy? Well, I’ve realized something about our world. Most of us get way too comfortable and with comfortability, we’ve gotten pretty lazy and we now accept complacency. When others don’t agree with being complacent, they come across as overbearing and difficult when in reality, they just want to improve the weak areas of their lives.
My main weakness would always be my inconsistent sleep patterns. I would always have problems getting up in the morning so I’d hit the snooze button repeatedly just to get 15 more minutes of sleep. This resulted in me being more tired, and increasingly unproductive throughout the day relying on 2-3 cups of caffeine and multiple naps to survive the day. I realized very quickly, “I can’t keep living like this!” So after I watched a couple of youtube channels regarding sleeping on the floor and doing some research on google, I decided I’ll give it a try.
At first the first couple of weeks I felt miserable. I would toss and turn alot in my sleep because of how uncomfortable I was. But I was still determined to succeed. Fast forward a couple months later, a crazy miracle happened. I didn’t want to lie around in bed all day and sleep. Instead, I wanted to accomplish as much as possible in the time that I had. I began waking up earlier at 4:00 a.m. versus 5:45 a.m because I started realizing if I hit the gym at 5:00 a.m. verus 5:45 a.m. I’d have more time to get ready, eat, and most importantly, plan out the rest of my day.
Many of us sleep way too much which causes us to overthink things, not think at all, or most importantly, we tend to overreact. Too much sleep is a bad thing. You only need 7-8 hours of sleep. If you need more sleep than 7-8 hours, it’s time to re-evaluate your stress levels, the people around you, your job, and all the things you’ve bought recently because you are trying to run away from the chaos you created.
One of the main symptoms of depression, anxiety, and suicide is usually sleeping too much. Oftentimes this would happen to me. There’s been times where I thought something was wrong with me but it was mainly because I’d sleep the day away to disappear from reality. In order to fix my loneliness I’d buy things that I thought would make me “happy” such as supplements that didn’t work, alcohol, weed, cigarettes, clothes, shoes, and pretty much anything that I thought would have others like me as well. In return, I became miserable.
With that being said, sleeping on the floor was just one step. But when I gave up drinking and smoking my physical health improved. However, getting rid of the clothes and shoes I didn’t need anymore,increased my mental health and my physical health which made me feel like a new man.
Less things=More happiness. Here I was thinking that I needed more to make me feel better but I was so wrong. I looked around me and realized that the clothes, shoes, drinking and smoking were making me feel awful. I wanted to run away from my reality instead of facing it head on because of my own fears of rejection and my warped ideology of what it means to be happy.
I guess in a sense I was trying to be your typical “alpha male” that I saw on the internet.You know, a guy who mocks others for not being manly enough, chugging more bears, chasing more women, and constantly avoiding all of my emotions. I was very popular a couple of years ago and yes, I attracted more women and gathered the respect from other guys as the “top dog” which at the time was what I wanted. So here I am, 23 years old and I have what a “guy” wants and needs but in reality, my sleep was on and off, I lost myself, I didn’t like looking in the mirror sober anymore, and I was trapped in my room with materialistic items that I didn’t need to make me “happy”.
I don’t want you to think I’m telling you, “Get rid of everything because ALL of your possessions are making you unhappy or to sleep on the floor!” NO! I’m merely saying pay close attention to what is really important to you because for most people, having 5 flat screen televisions is not more important than being happy with yourself. You can still buy what you want but it should never be in excess. The problem with most of us is that we are ungrateful and unbalanced. We believe that more is better because it will get rid of the neverending dread we face from our day-to- day lives. In return, we come across as cynical, overly sarcastic, and just miserable to be around.
Today I challenge you to do this, look around your house or apartment and throw away or donate anything that isn’t serving a purpose in your life. Why? Because it’s no longer serving you.
- You do not need 20 pairs of sneakers when you only wear 5 max.
- You do not need a brand new car when you haven’t paid off your last one.
- You do not have to hoarder old documents from 10 years ago. Seriously, throw them away because it’s just collecting dust
- You do not need a new phone if yours still works. So what if the newest I-phone came out. It’s just another phone.
- You do not need another flat screen television when you already have one that works perfectly.
Lastly, you most likely are buying these things I’ve previously mentioned because you want to keep up with the Joneses or to make up for growing up poor. I can’t tell you how to live your life but I will stress this point, “Will having more really improve your mental and physical health!”
Last week’s blog: https://unpopularopinionsdots.com/2021/01/18/adapt-or-perish/