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Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus help over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and documentary. The Minimalists have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Forbes, TIME, ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, CBC, and NPR.

Podcast 052 | Stress

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan talk about how they handle stress, tension, and anxiety, and they answer the following questions:

  • What have you found most challenging about maintaining a minimalist lifestyle, and how have you overcome those challenges?
  • What can I do to feel more comfortable around non-minimalists?
  • Do you think you both would have continued to be long-term minimalists without having one another along for the journey for support and encouragement?
  • The workload at my current job consistently flows over into my personal time on my evenings and weekends, and it causes me a great deal of stress and anxiety in doing so—should I stick it out, and if so, how do I manage the stress and anxiety?
  • How do I deal with the stress and anxiety of commuting daily in my car so I don’t have to give up access to the things I love like my job, my partner, and my recreational activities?



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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, sharable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on providing guidance: “For more meaningful interactions, I avoid questioning other people’s intentions.”
  • Ryan on providing guidance: “Being a role model for others is one of the biggest honors.”
  • Joshua on the influence of ambient clutter on stress levels: “Material clutter is a physical manifestation of what’s going on inside us.”
  • Ryan on the influence of ambient clutter on stress levels: “A visually overstimulating room can be just as distracting as a noisy room.”
  • Joshua on striving to become a stress-free minimalist: “Minimalism helps us feel less stressed by letting go of our vapid problems like consumerism, and replacing them with more empowering problems.”
  • Ryan on striving to become a stress-free minimalist: “Removing physical clutter can help free up mental space.”
  • Joshua on tools and tips to minimize stress and anxiety: “Just breathe.”
  • Ryan on tools and tips to minimize stress and anxiety: “Daily incantations affirm who we are and how we feel.”

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