My Anxiety and Minimalism

Finding beauty and calm in clear spaces

Words by Hector Borba

I’m Hector, a Brazilian psychology student who’s passionate about life—and more and more into minimalism. My life has been intense, and I’ve struggled with anxiety ever since I was a kid.

As time passed, I started to learn and practice the minimalist lifestyle. My anxiety was a big reason I started questioning whether having more stuff means having more peace, whether having more stuff means you’ll be complete. Well, now I know it doesn’t.

When I’m facing a messy space, I feel like it reflects a messy mind, and it makes me anxious. When I watched The Minimalists: Less Is Now by Joshua Fields and Ryan Nicodemus on Netflix, and they suggested the audience remove one thing from their lives a day for thirty days, I thought that was brilliant. I did it myself: I got rid of a bunch of stuff in a single day instead of thirty. It did wonders for my organization. And I felt less anxious right away.

When I graduate, I want to apply minimalism to my job. I believe psychology and minimalism work well together. I want to have a clean room so that my patient and I can focus on what’s essential. I want to guide them into a peaceful, meaningful life. I want to help people appreciate the simple moments, just like I already do.

I believe minimalism is a good tool to help me with my anxiety. I’m still in the process of reducing, and I’m feeling a lot better already. I find beauty and calm in clear spaces. Focusing on the essential makes room for more focus. I definitely made the right decision, and that’s the lifestyle I want to live.

Hector Borba

Hector is a 24-year-old psychology student in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He likes to work out, read, listen to music, watch movies and series, hang out with his friends, travel, study, enjoy the sunset and outside spaces, and more. He’s into minimalism. He’s been dealing with anxiety his whole life, and it’s taught him a lot along the way.


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