6 Ways That Minimalism Helped Me Cope With Anxiety and Depression

Since Ava’s birth eight months ago, I have been finding life hard. It was mostly due to no sleep, four children aged 6 and under, having an endless list of work to do and having no time for myself.  I felt like I was trying to keep too many plates spinning, and dropping them all. I felt like a failure, and my brave face was wearing really thin. There was much more too it that that, but took me a long while to accept that I had anxiety & depression.

I realised that something had to change and that change had to start with me. My first step was to cut back on some commitments,  Mr T was doing his best to ease the pressure at home, but I still felt exhausted and followed the children to bed most nights.

Minimalism

In January (7 months later) I was determined to simplify things further, and I began to research ways to simplify our lives. I stumbled into reading about minimalism and found myself nodding along, it made sense, and fit with what we had been trying to achieve for years financially.

Minimalism really has helped more than I imagined it would at first, if you walked into my house you wouldn’t think ‘oh, yeah, a minimalist lives here’. but you might think, ‘Are there really  four children aged 6 and under living here?

6 Ways That Minimalism Helped Me Cope With Anxiety and Depression

  1. Time. I spend less time sorting and organising and tidying the things we do have, and more time doing the things that make me happy
  2. It feels cleaner. There is something about walking into a kitchen with clean, clutter free work-tops that makes me feel happy. Swinging my feet out of bed and finding my slippers, instead of knocking over a pile of books. Is it any cleaner than it was before? Not really, but the clutter is gone and our home feels instantly tidy.
  3. I feel content. I no longer spend hours searching online for a ‘bigger’ house, because I truly believe this house is a good fit for our family, and with some love and work to get it exactly how we want it, it can be our castle. We didn’t need a bigger home, we just needed ‘less’ stuff.
  4. Self-discovery. The basic principle I’ve followed is to remove anything that isn’t practical and doesn’t bring us joy. The things we have left are the things that truly make us happy and define us.
  5. Clarity & vision. Clearing the clutter has helped me see other areas of my life more clearly too, and I have a much clearer vision for the future.
  6. Happiness. Being surrounded by things that make me smile is amazing, they were there before; but I can see them more clearly now.

Minimalism is a journey

It’s  not a miracle cure, but it’s definitely helped. I am still fighting the lows, but I am determined to see the positives in every day.

Minimalism is a journey, but not one that I understood before I started. My journey is only just beginning, and the positives are amazing.

If you want to read more about minimalism I recommend the book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A simple, effective way to banish clutter forever by Marie Kondo and the website Becoming Minimalist

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By | 2017-07-27T21:44:52+00:00 March 20th, 2016|Health, Life, Minimalism, Simple Living|8 Comments

8 Comments

  1. Sara | mumturnedmom March 22, 2016 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    Yes, yes, yes! I’m just at the start of my journey, but the difference in how I feel already is amazing 🙂

    • Hannah Tasker March 22, 2016 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      It really helps doesn’t it? I think i maybe addicted to clearing out! I only found your blog the other day (Not sure how I haven’t before, sure Ive heard of your linky!) but I spent a good hour reading your posts today. Especially loved the one about raising an extrovert, and the one about your decision to become a SAHM and how you are juggling different things now. 🙂

  2. Jess @ Picnics in the Rain March 24, 2016 at 9:21 am - Reply

    I read your post earlier in the week and wanted to come back and comment – I have been feeling exactly as you describe and we started having a massive clear out so I’m hoping when it’s done I’ll feel much happier. It stresses me out so much when I can’t see/find the good stuff because of the accumulated clutter! I’m glad you’re feeling more positive xx

    • Hannah Tasker March 24, 2016 at 7:55 pm - Reply

      I really hope that it helps you too, its amazing how much stuff we have found we didnt really need. I havent missed anything yet, so that must be a positive! I started by putting things that i couldnt bare to part with in a box that was destined for the attic. My plan was to go back to the box in 6 months or a year, and anything still in the box I know i dont need. That box made it to the top of the kitchen cupboard, and ive already been back to it and donated some extra things. Its nice to think that someone else might benefit in some way from the things we dont need! I read a book called the life changing magic of tidying up by Marie Kondo, and although some parts are a bit OTT, its very inspiring. Good luck with the clear out 🙂

  3. Maria O'Flaherty March 28, 2016 at 11:33 am - Reply

    Lovely blog Hannah! What a beautiful family! Off to purchase the Marie Kondo book! Xx Castlelough

    • Hannah Tasker March 29, 2016 at 9:35 am - Reply

      Thank you Castlelough, I hope you like the book, its inspiring & works with our financial journeys too 🙂

  4. Krista August 25, 2016 at 7:45 am - Reply

    Completely agree. External order has a significant positive impact on ‘internal order’ for me:)

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