Once you get the hang of minimalist principles and begin incorporating them into your life, you’ll learn how to de-stress your life. You will discover what matters most to you.
As Moms we tend to get stressed about more things than not.
We constantly have to think about our next steps, next month, next year, and so on. Little things can send us over the edge causing us to stress. Sometimes over nothing.
A lot of the time we can change whatever it is that isn’t working. or whatever it is we don’t like.
It also helps to de-stress by decluttering our lives. Physical clutter leads to digital clutter that leads to mental clutter.
Mental clutter is by far the hardest clutter to declutter but once you learn how to de-stress your life the rest kind of comes naturally.
Thankfully there are a number of ways that simplifying can help you de-stress. Take a look at just a few of my favorites.
- Less Visual Clutter
When there are items cluttering your space and strewn all over the room, the mess can have a negative impact on your state of mind.
Seeing these things clutters your mind, as well as your physical environment. This can lead to stress.
On the other hand, a room that’s free of visual clutter allows you to feel calm and to concentrate on the important tasks you have at hand.
Someone who is very close to me deals with Anxiety almost on a daily basis. I am 100% convinced this is because of the physical clutter she looks at every single day.
She doesn’t realize it but the clutter is impacting her mind. Sadly there a lot of Mompreneurs that deal with the same issue.
I for one was failing repeatedly in my business and I couldn’t figure out why.
When I learned about Minimalism I knew I was on to something. I have always been a Minimalist but just didn’t realize it. However, the clutter in my mind held me back.
And something as simple as a sink full of dirty dishes would cloud my thoughts keeping me from focusing on really what mattered.
- Increased Mindfulness
Mindfulness is a buzzword in personal development circles these days. It’s the state of being present in the moment and accepting what you’re feeling and experiencing without question or criticism.
Once you begin to embrace minimalism and prioritize the things you allow into your life, you’ll notice that you’re more mindful and more at peace.
You will accept yourself and your circumstances, without second guessing or worrying that you should be doing something different. There’s less competition or fear of missing out.
You will also become better at avoiding shiny objects. And you will save some money doing so!
I was able to save by passing on three courses this past month. Of course I had to be mindful and ask myself if they would benefit my Business.
By making the mindful choice to pass I was able to enjoy a couple Day Trips with my family.
- Understanding of What Matters
By learning to prioritize, you’ll soon begin to really get a sense of what you need, what brings you joy, and what you can live without.
This is a very liberating feeling, and it frees you from a lot of stress. You gain confidence when you know what you want in life, so you no longer worry quite as much about what others are doing.
You also learn self-control and that you can turn down and what doesn’t serve you. And when you understand that what you have is enough, you also develop a genuine sense of peace. There’s nothing more stress relieving than that.
As crazy it sounds I de-stressed by simply avoiding shiny objects like courses. Once I decluttered my environment and then my mindset things just became more clearer.
Suddenly I understood exactly what mattered most. What I really wanted. Would you be surprised if I told you it wasn’t money?
Crazy, right? We think we want more money but the truth is money does NOT motivate us. If anything it stresses us out.
Either we don’t have any or we don’t enough. Its a never ending battle. At least until you learn how to de-stress your life and focus on what really matters.
Finally, you get to know yourself quite well once you start to figure out what matters most to you. Deciding what to hold onto and what to let go of is difficult.
You really have to examine your values. This self-examination continues with each decision regarding what to buy, how to spend your time, and other such daily dilemmas.
Your newfound self-discovery also increases your self-esteem. You’ll worry about far less when you know yourself and feel confident in your choices.
Minimalism really can contribute to lessening the stress in your life. See what kinds of changes you notice in your mental state and attitude as you pursue this journey.