Everything and everyone nowadays is encouraging us to make more eco-friendly choices, and for a good reason - global carbon dioxide emissions and production of waste continue to be on the rise, damaging the earth over time. As such, it’s no wonder why an increasing number of people are making the switch to living sustainably. It’s a great way to stay healthy, save money on energy bills, and lead a highly fulfilling life. This is great news for the planet!
However, it’s not all sunshine and roses - everyday we read or watch the news, we’re bombarded by stories telling us that the world is dying and that we’re the ones who have killed it. While being aware of the problems we’re encountering can be important, this constant flood of bad news can hugely impact our wellbeing. Suddenly, we’re no longer living eco-friendly for the good of the environment but because we feel guilty, we’re stressed, and we don’t know how else to cope with the news we keep hearing about.
Making this switch is not always so simple. For example, not everyone is able to become vegetarian as certain bodies require specific nutrition to function better. Or at the same time, a mother who’s already struggling to make ends meet and carry out every task in a day would find it harder to implement new habits that might take her more time. Even turning off heaters or air-conditioning units during winter/summer is harder to do depending on the climate of where you live, and your health & wellbeing should always be taken into consideration when trying to become more eco-friendly.
As much as this is a worthy goal to have, there is no way to become 100% sustainable in everything you do for as long as you exist. Here’s how you can continue your journey to eco-living without affecting your health in a negative way:
Do what you can - Just pick a change that suits your lifestyle. That might be cycling to work instead of driving if you live close to your office, or planting your own fruit & veg if you have a garden for it. Make changes based on what you can do.
Sleep well - Fighting your battles becomes harder when you’re sleep deprived. Your efforts to help the earth will benefit from you sleeping enough hours at night to wake up full of energy, ready to tackle another day!
Meditate - Make sure that you don’t just look after the health of your body but also of your mind. Meditation can be a great way to take a break, as you allow your mind to stop worrying about daily tasks and to just relax.
Don’t let your ego take control - Last but not least, don’t let your ego convince you that you need to be the best at sustainable living. There is no medal for the amount of sacrifices you force yourself to take, just do what is sustainable for you. Every little is better than nothing.
Leading an eco-friendly life has ultimately more benefits than negatives, all you need to do is to remember to also look after health and wellbeing. In fact, you’re likely to become the best version of yourself by simply dedicating more time to caring for the environment. There is no right or wrong way to do it, just pick the changes you know you can apply to your life and go for it. Our earth will be eternally grateful for it.
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