After having kids my mildly-anxious temperament turned into full-blown anxiety: full of panic attacks, sleepless nights and lots of tears. As I reached out to my mom-friends for help, I learned that I wasn’t alone. Today I am sharing the surprising strategy that helped me find my health and happiness as a mother. Keep reading to learn how the benefits of minimalism can help you reduce the stress of mom-life too.
Modern Motherhood can be Overwhelming
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I clearly remember my midwife and OB going over the warning signs of “the baby blues” during my prenatal appointments.
Our pediatrician even did a great job of checking in with me at our infant checkups.
However, the common postpartum depression symptoms they asked me about:
- Lack of interest in the baby
Were not the symptoms I was experiencing.
What I had was postpartum anxiety.
Many new moms (like me) are finding themselves facing anxiety through a variety of different circumstances.
Even if your kids are older the impact of the stress and mental load of motherhood can be taking it’s toll.
Through conversations with other moms who have experienced anxiety I noticed a few common themes:
- Feeling unsettled about childcare after the baby is born
- The stress of returning to work
- Overwhelm of running a household on top of everything else
- Not having family nearby or access to a network of support
Whatever the cause, moms are describing an overwhelming sense of worry that is completely consuming.
How Minimalism Can Help a Mama Out
One surprising solution that is helping many mothers reduce their stress and anxiety is minimalism.
Minimalism is the process of simplifying your life so that you can stop spending your time, energy and emotions on non-essential parts of your life.
The strategies of minimalism include simple steps like:
- Reducing Clutter
- Using a Meal Plan for family meals
- Creating a Capsule Wardrobe to reduce the amount of laundry and time it takes to get dressed
So how can minimalism help moms to feel less anxious and overwhelmed?
8 Benefits of Minimalism for Moms
1. Less Stuff means Less Stress
When you have a lot of items in your house, and you are a busy mom it’s easy to feel stressed.
This is because all of that “stuff” needs to be cleaned, picked up, organized and maintained.
When you begin to declutter you allow yourself to focus your time and energy on only the items that are the most important or essential.
2. More time for rest
When you have less to do, clean and manage you have more time for self-care.
As a busy mom, rest is one of the most important steps we can take to restore our energy and increase our happiness.
3. Fewer distractions
If you already feel anxious, watching the news or a murder mystery isn’t going to help easy your concerns.
This is especially true if you are always checking your phone for social media and news updates.
Breaking the media habit will give you back precious moments to just sit and relax or to focus your energy on something that brings you joy.
4. Fewer decisions to make
The word “mom” could easily be exchanged with the title C.D.M – “Chief Decision Maker”
This includes deciding what to wear.
Add on the stress of clothing that does not fit the same as it did pre-baby and suddenly a closet full of clothes isn’t as much fun.
Instead, a capsule wardrobe is best. A small and carefully curated set of clothing that is practical and coordinates easily is the way to go. It also means less laundry to do. #momwin
5. Happy Calm Children
Research has shown that children with fewer toys are happier and more calm.
Start a toy rotation or reduce the number of toys your children have and they will feel less overwhelmed as well.
Happy kiddos = Happy Mama
6. Reduced financial stress
Over 70% of us report finances as a large source of stress.
As a new mom, money is the last thing you need to be worried about.
When you are only spending money on items that are essential, you will reduce your debt and start to live within your means.
7. More time spent on your top priorities
Minimalism allows you prioritize your family’s core values and beliefs.
When you know what it most important to you, there is less room for wishing you had what someone else has.
8. More time for you
It’s clear that minimalism creates freedom and space in your life for what is most important.
This will allow you to spend more time on activities that bring you joy.
With your new found time and energy you will be able to:
- Plan fun family activities
- Start an exercise routine
- Pick up a new or abandoned hobby
There you have it mama! 8 ways that minimalism can help moms reduce the stress related to modern motherhood.
The success I had with my trial run of minimalism inspired me to find other ways to simplify busy mom life and to share those tips with other moms through this site.
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