Treat Yo’self and the Environment: Part I
A How-To on Self-Care for You & the Planet
Work, family, friends, news, life—it can be tough out there! That’s why it is really important to slow down and make time to take care of yourself. If you don’t care for yourself, you won’t be able to give 100 percent to your family, friends, or work. So if you feel like you’re running on empty, here are a few ways you can fill up your tank while keeping the environment in mind.
Walk It Off
Walking has a number of benefits, especially when you do it in nature. Getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life by strolling along a beach, in the woods, in a park, or on the countryside is a great way to integrate movement into your routine, get fresh air, appreciate the natural world, and reflect. Bonus points if you bring your dog!
Treat yourself to an environmentally friendly spa day. The products used for manicures, pedicures, and facials sometimes contain chemicals that aren’t so kind to the planet, but the good news is sustainable spas are popping up all over the place. Scheduling a day to pamper yourself does wonders for your mood and can be a great way to recharge and relax.
Reading is Fun-damental
Been meaning to read that book everyone is talking about, but just haven’t made the time? Do it now! It’s a perfect way to escape for an hour (or more) and expand your mind at the same time. If you have an e-reader, download that must-read book. If you prefer turning pages of the latest page-turner, visit your local library or thrift store, or see if you can borrow a book instead of buying new. When you’re finished, pass the book on to someone else who also needs some “me” time.
Cry It Out
Sometimes you just need to cry it out, and studies show that crying can relieve stress and be cathartic, too. If you decide to cry it out, invest in some nice hankies rather than using disposable tissues. Or, you can make them. Choose a fabric that feels soft on your nose and eyes, or even reuse fabric from your old favorite PJs. It’s an easy way to kick that disposable tissue habit, reuse fabric you already have, and relieve stress.
Make a Playlist
There isn’t a whole lot that feels better than listening to your favorite songs from your past. Find that mixtape you made as a kid, or visit your local secondhand music shop and pick up records, cassettes, or CDs you listened to when you were younger. Really want to throw it back and prevent waste? Find a thrift store and save that Walkman from a life in the landfill. Pop in that tape, put on those headphones, and do your best Star Lord dance around an intergalactic junkyard, or your living room.
Self-care can play a big part in healthy mental and physical health! While it may seem selfish, carving out time to do things you enjoy can make a big difference in your mood and help you deal with life’s stressors. Stay tuned for more ideas on how you can do more for yourself with little impact on the earth.