You might have noticed how much I’m going on about anxiety and why living frugally is so good for it.
Honestly I wouldn’t go on about something so much if I didn’t believe it! From a personal point of view, I’ve found contentment with my life now through accepting my anxiety. This is a direct link for my through living frugally and accepting my situation as a whole.
I’m going to explain a bit more on why I believe it. You may laugh at me but have a read and see what you think! Go on. I dare you.
Money worries are a huge burden on my anxiety. Living frugally helps this.
I have always been a worrier. Worrying about money is second nature to me now and I can make myself physically sick through worrying over it. It’s stupid. Very stupid. I know you’re thinking it because I’m a mind reader! I’m not really but it is a little stupid.
That doesn’t stop me from worrying about money. You’re probably reading this because you’re quite similar to me. We are told on a regular basis not to worry about things out of our control. Money unfortunately is something we can control (to a certain extent). We control our budget, our spending, our living costs, etc. and this is why you and I worry about it.
I can feel myself rationalising my anxiety which is something I do on a regular basis but I am leading onto something I promise!
The decision to live frugally hasn’t happened over night. But I can tell you this. It is something that will set you free from your anxiety (even if just a little). In just a few steps, you can officially call yourself a frugalista (haha) and relax a little.
Well I say a few steps. It’s not that simple and I’m not going to tell you that you will become magically frugal. But these are there to guide you if you want to live a more frugal lifestyle.
Making small changes to your money situation can help ease the burden you carry around on your shoulders day by day. Things like using a slow cooker for meals, finding frugal hobbies or paying off your debts step by step will ease the pressure you put on yourself. I know this because I am the worst for it. You can also find some useful tips here on ways you can live more frugally.
Once you start making these small steps you should find even just a little weight off your shoulders will come off.
Living frugally gives you more control over your life and your anxiety.
For some, being out of control in certain situations is a massive cause of uneasiness and anxiety. I think I’m one of them. If you’re a little like me, lack of planning and organisation can be a great source of anxiety.
So by bringing in certain steps that living frugally entails, you may find your anxiety levels going down.
Examples include creating meal plans. Planning the days out and knowing what you’ll be making/eating can lower stress levels quite effectively. When you know what you’re cooking, you know what to buy at the supermarket. Instant stress reliever right there.
Writing a shopping list can also help. Living frugally means less excessive spending and making savings where possible. Having a list stops you from spending money at the convenience store because you’ll have everything at home ready. The only thing it will mean is preparing!
This also ties in with knowing what you’re putting into your body. Living frugally means making more food from scratch but it means you know exactly what’s gone into making it. This might be something you value quite importantly especially if you have children.
Frugality has an element of organisation. This will help you and your anxiety.
Organisation is also a major help with your anxiety. I covered this in a previous post here. But living frugally does encompass organising to a certain extent and is what helps you save money.
To give you a bit of an idea of what I am actually banging on about, I mean things like meal planning. I’ve mentioned this above but without planning and a bit of organisation you won’t be able to plan your meals. You’ll need ingredients and spices to make them, and you need to know you have these in your cupboard.
In relation to this, when living frugally you have to be organised with coupons (if you use them), know when deals run out on certain items, and keep track of use-by dates in your cupboard. To get the most out of your budget you have to have a little idea on the above. You could write lists on your use-by dates if that helps you, and maybe another list on any good deals you’ve found.
In turn you may notice less stress when knowing when to use food and what you’ll be eating. It removes the hassle of knowing what to have for tea because you’ll already have planned it.
Frugal-ness allows you to get creative. A great distraction and resolution to anxiousness.
I’m only scratching the surface when I say this. There are literally thousands of ideas to cut out costs in your life through doing it yourself. You’ll have fun doing them, and will save yourself money! Here are some examples for you:
Making your own home decor items. For example:
Creating your own paintings
Decorating your mirrors
Painting mason jars
Decorating mugs with your own design
Making bookshelves using crates
Making a no-sew cushion cover for your bedroom or living room
Create your own household cleaners
Making home-made Ragu sauces for your Bolognese and pasta dishes
Grow your own herbs and veg (a fantastic hobby to do with your other half/children)
Other fantastic DIY projects to try
I hope you’ve found this useful, what do you do to ease your anxiety with living frugally? I’d love to hear from you – I’d like some more inspiration for sure!