Minimalism is back in trend

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The times of pandemic have brought upon many changes in our life. Minimalistic lifestyle approach is one of them!

So what is really a necessity in life? A big question which presented itself in front of us and it was a much unexpected one! We were living life in our own little bubble, running around in circles, seeking validation from each and every person who had crossed our lives and taking inspirations and picking up habits from all around us.

We were not being fair to ourselves. So what if that colleague had a chic luxury handbag and that friend of yours got a pair of heels which costed thousands! It is not necessary that you own all that fancy and then only feel whole or confident/accomplished.

One big thing that we have learned during this pandemic is that life is very simple and in order to live happily with your loved ones, you do not need to own all the luxury items that the world has to offer you! Here we have compiled a list of fancy/expensive things that we no longer feel the need to splurge on. Have a look and share your thoughts with us!

1] A luxury handbag: A bag lover will always think that the wardrobe will be able to squeeze in 1 more bag! But in our heart we know that there is really no need of that. Spending bundles of cash on a single bag does not make sense anymore, at least to us. There are other options available which are good enough, branded – though not label stuff but still worthy of being on your arms!

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2] That expensive pair of stilettos: In daily routine, we hardly wear stilettos. Neither at work nor at any random movie/dinner outing, are we going to use those heels!  There is no point in spending thousands of rupees on a single of pair of footwear which are not going to be used that often. Rather you can spend that much amount on multiple pairs of footwear which you will use more regularly or even a single one which has more use to it than those fancy ones!

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3] Insanely expensive Sunglasses:  A good pair of sunglasses is a must in anyone’s must have and we could not agree more with it. But owning a pair belonging to luxury brands selling those glasses at exorbitant rates is not a ‘must have’ at all. A good pair which is stylish and gives ample protection to your eyes is available at much lower prices too!

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4] Clothing items: Designer wear is always going to be expensive and sometimes it is even worth it, but owning only expensive clothes in your wardrobe is not a sign of being fashion conscious or does not guarantee that you are a fashionista. Sometimes, with the amount of single piece of garment, you can pay your electricity bill of 2 months or have a nice weekend trip at a 5 star resort with your loved ones! Just imagine! Even if you have that kind of money, why let it go on a casual piece of clothing when you can do so much more of your choice with that amount!

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5] Limited edition items: A huge marketing gimmick this is! Be it phones, clothing, perfumes, cars – anything at all, every industry uses this trick to sell their stuff at a higher price than usual. With slight changes than the routine merchandise, these products are sold at a handsome higher price than their normal counterparts. Sometimes, just an additional graphic detail qualifies as a limited edition product.  The adrenaline rush that humans get from owning something which is unique and in limited numbers helps the companies sell their items like hot cakes but according to us, there is no such necessity to own them and we can be just fine without adding them in our portfolio of our priced possessions!

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6] Watches:  Obsessed with watches we are and so it was a very heart breaking situation when we accepted the fact that the luxury watches that cost up to lacs of rupees are never going to be a part of necessities without which life cannot go on. Smart and chic and amazing watch pieces can be owned at lower prices too and this splurging on grand time pieces is a luxurious hobby that sadly we won’t be indulging in anymore! *sigh*

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Please please please do not get us wrong, we are not against any luxury brands or expensive items.

We, ourselves are guilty of owning many such things, but this new way of life that the widespread disease has thrown upon has changed our perspective on life and so this article was born.

We completely agree that it is an individual’s choice. The above piece of writing is purely a very personal set of opinions.

Activities you can pursue during your ‘Me time’ or your ‘Free’ time

1. Develop the habit of reading.

Start with a book on topic which already interests you. It could be thrillers, murder mysteries, motivational books, success stories – anything at all.

If you do not want a paperback, you can start with e books as well, that way your screen time will not only include mindless scrolling of various social media applications but something useful as well.

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2. Learn to play a game.

It could be as simple as a monopoly game, sequence, UNO cards or something more traditional like a game of carom.

This could become your family time instead of the daily dose of news which you take in while sitting in the living room.

Games are a fun way to bond with your family as it includes a lot of communication, jokes, laughter, shrieking at the top of your voice when you lose, throwing off the game board when you feel the game is not going in your favor, lol!

Just try this one out and you won’t regret it.

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3. Meditate or practice Yoga or go for a Run.

Now the above mentioned things might seem too obvious but I am very sure, most of us do not practice any of it.

It is very important to clear your mind off things which bother you and practicing either of the above mentioned things would help you do that.

Meditation may sound difficult in the beginning but with practice, it gets easier. Yoga again is something which you have to make a part of your life otherwise it is not something which anyone will be able to keep up with.

If at all you plan on running, be very careful about your existing health conditions and using the correct gear while you go on a run!

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4. Have an antakshari or a Karaoke night on a regular basis.

Many of us like to sing for ourselves, and this kind of night just helps you to do that. If you do not have the space for a special karaoke set then an antakshari night is also super fun. You can just go on singing songs based on your liking and not make it a time based/point based competition.

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5. Doodle/Paint/Sketch

Do whatever makes your creative juices flowing from the above mentioned activities or even other craft related activities. They are a major stress buster. Mind you, art is a very subjective field. Never consider your creation as inferior to someone else’s; in fact never ever compare your art to anybody else’s art.

Creativity is a personal thing, your art sometimes is a manifestation of your thoughts, dreams, fears, memories – it is your personal space and never let anyone intrude into that and tell you otherwise. People might make fun of your creations after having a look at those – create anyway if that is what makes you happy!

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That is it folks! Hope these mentioned activities help you out when you are stuck thinking about what to do to release the stress during your free time.

You can add your suggestions to this list too!

Until next time!