Saturday, May 21, 2016

What is Visual Stress? My Motivation Behind Minimalism



"Visual Stress refers to reading difficulties, light sensitivity and headaches from exposure to disturbing visual patterns. It can be responsible for print distortion and rapid fatigue when reading. The severity of these symptoms can vary from person to person. The symptoms can occur despite normal vision." -


Are you really happy if you're dreading looking at your serenity every night? Visual stress.
My motivation behind learning more about minimalism. Looking at the pictures above, I needed an intervention. Organizing it all wasn't going to be the answer to my hoarding problem. I kept everything. I needed to reduce. I needed space. I needed to breathe!

Seriously. How can anyone function with a closet like that? What does one even grab out of there if crap is piled in the walkway? I have no answer, but I did. For years...

The brain's inability to process visual information is exactly what was happening. My brain didn't know how to process the information and would want to shut down. I would look at my room and instantly want to fall asleep. I didn't know where to start. I felt overwhelmed. Not only did I have stress from having 2 jobs and school, I had to look at this disaster at the end of a very long day.

Stuck in the loop - eat, sleep, work, repeat - I found help on the internet. The Minimalists. They, including other inspirations, such as Colin Wright, helped me understand what I actually needed in life to become happy. Less.

Hypothesis: While trying to understand visual stress, I came across Irlen Syndrome. I really think there is a correlation with minimalism as far as processing information. If you know more about Irlen Syndrome or think otherwise, I would really like to hear your thoughts!

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