The connection of simplicity and wellbeing is explored in an investigation into the impact of less consumerism and materialism (qualities of simplicity) on wellbeing in this interesting research article. https://bit.ly/3DXQAOl
The researchers found that all responders experienced increased wellbeing with a simplicity approach. The research targets minimalism which has many levels and versions. But the philosophy behind it is one of simplicity: knowing and doing what matters most. The challenge we face daily in high performance sport.
What did all responders say improved with simplicity …”Autonomy (freedom/liberation, aligning with values, authenticity); Competence (feeling in control of environment, less stress and anxiety); Mental Space (saving mental energy, internal reflecting external); Awareness (reflection, mindfulness, savouring); and Positive Emotions (joy, peacefulness)”.
One leader I worked with pointed out the ‘lack of space in my environment to think and recharge, everything is important’. Strategic simplification created space and lifted performance.
High performance is a symptom of simplicity and wellbeing. Is your environment optimised to perform highly.