How Minimalism Has Helped My Anxiety
When you have anxiety you worry, that's basically what the word means. The last thing a person with anxiety needs is something else to worry about. What am I going to wear? What color should I pick? Which shoes look best? Where should I put this or that? These are all questions I can do without considering each day. Because of this several years ago I adopted a minimalist lifestyle and I love it.
Don't get me wrong, I still own things, just not a lot. People have different opinions of what it is to be a minimalist, but the way I define it for myself is I am living with the minimal amount of stuff I need to live my life fully. Read this article to get a more in depth explanation of what minimalism is.
Since adopting a minimalist lifestyle I am less stressed, I can make decisions more clearly and I feel at ease in my home and work environments (for the most part). As soon as the clutter creeps up whether physical or mental, so does the anxiety. I have found that keeping the items I own to a minimum really helps. The fewer decisions I have to make the better. For some reason decision making can bring on anxiety for me, so keeping options to a minimum is key for me.
I try to buy and keep things that make me happy. As far as clothing, I buy things that make me feel good when wearing them. I am not big on trends at all. I usually purchase timeless, high quality pieces that I can wear over and over for a long time.
I also try to keep my house simplistic and in a way where everything has a place. This makes it easy for me to clean up and keep my house neat. I do own more coffee mugs than one person should ever be allowed, but they make me happy, really happy.
If you are finding yourself in an anxious way and you can't figure out why, take a look at your surroundings. Do you have more stuff than you need? Is all of your stuff stressing you out more than making you happy? If so, consider doing a purge and getting rid of some stuff.
“25 “therefore i tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. are you not much more valuable than they? 27 can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” — Matthew 6:25-27
If you feel like you have mental clutter, consider journaling and writing out everything thats been on your mind and bothering you. Create a structured schedule and try to stick with it. Try to eliminate some of the choices you have to make each day by saying no more often, setting boundaries with your time helps.
These are all things that have helped me manage my anxiety and I hope they can help you too.