According to the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, I have a INFJ personality type, which means (among other things) that I am an introvert. Alone-time is very important to me to recharge my batteries and regain energy. I also struggle with anxiety. I don’t like crowded places, a huge amount of choices (like at a supermarket) overwhelms me and when I enter a room, I always check where the emergency exit is located. Minimalism has made it so much easier for me to deal with my anxiety.
Because I am an introvert, it’s really important to me that my home is a calm and cosy place in which I can relax. Being around people all day can really exhaust me, so when I come home I don’t like to have too much stuff or too many triggers around. My minimalism journey started (as it does for a lot of people) with decluttering my apartment. Having clean and empty white walls and only the things I love and need, calms me. Less stuff means less distractions, less triggers and less things to clean. An organized and decluttered home is key to me when it comes to dealing with anxiety. Nothing stresses me out more than coming home to a messy place after an exhausting day.
I stopped doing things I don’t enjoy, I no longer hang out with people who give me negative vibes. It’s all about choosing what’s best for you and learning how to say no to things.
Apart from the physical part of minimalism, it also changed my mindset. Living a more simple, intentional life is huge when it comes to keeping my anxiety under control. I stopped doing things I don’t enjoy, I no longer hang out with people who give me negative vibes. It’s all about choosing what’s best for you and learning how to say no to things. Cutting out toxic people is huge for your mental health. The less energy you put into negative things, the more energy you have to live the life you really want to live. Focusing on things you love and doing things you are actually passionate about, will give you the energy boost you need.
Self-care and self-love are another crucial part of dealing with my anxiety. Make sure you take that time for yourself. Start to appreciate your body and focus on the things you like about yourself and your personality, while maybe improving the things you don’t like as much. It’s easier said than done, but a lot of the time it starts with little things. Take the time to make yourself a nice cup of tea and read for a while, run a bath or go for a walk.
Last but not least, a healthy body is the start of a healthy mind. Minimalism caused me to simplify my diet and eating habits. I’m vegetarian and try to eat vegan food as often as I can. Eating healthy makes me feel better and when I feel good and happy, my anxiety is easier to control. Apart from eating well, exercise can improve your mental health as well. Going for a run, doing some yoga or whatever you like can really clear your mind. You get some me-time and you’re doing something good for your body. Win-win!
Curious about what anxiety feels like? This amazing video by Meghan Rienks explains it pretty well (in my opinion):
Do you deal with anxiety? If so, did minimalism help you? Let’s talk in the comments!