Treat Yo’self and the Environment: Part II
A How-to on Self-Care for You and the Planet
If you’ve ever felt like screaming at the top of your lungs in frustration or felt so drained you just couldn’t seem to drag yourself out of bed in the morning, you may be in need of some serious self-TLC. It’s important to make time to do something for yourself so you can recharge and start tackling the world again. Here are some ways you can reconnect with yourself without leaving a giant footprint on the planet.
Breathe In and Smell the Roses
Few of us take the time to really focus on our breathing because it’s automatic, but breathing deeply can have a big impact on your physical and mental well-being. Practice square breathing (or your technique of choice) in your garden or another place you feel comfortable. If you want to go that extra mile, plant a tree, flowers, or other greenery. Plants are known to suck in all that “bad” air and provide us with clean oxygen to breathe. How selfless of them! When you feel like you’ve mastered your breathing technique, you can really stop and smell those roses.
Unplug: FOMO No Mo
How often do you find yourself grabbing your phone because you thought you heard it? Or, how many times do you go online to check your social media because you think you’re missing out on something? We’ve all been there! Schedule a day without your phone, computer, TV, or radio, and then let your friends and family know you’ll be offline (unless there’s an emergency). If you can’t go a whole day, try just a few hours. Make sure you put your electronics away between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. to give yourself some time away from the alerts, photos, lights, and drama that come with technology. It’ll be difficult at first, but you’ll see how much better you feel when you’re not a slave to your phone. Literally unplugging will save energy on your phone and computer, and on any other unused appliances around your home. Ever heard of vampire energy?
Movement is one of the best things you can do for your physical and mental wellbeing, especially when you find something that works for you. Go online and look for exercise classes in your area. Then ride your bike, walk, or carpool there with your workout buddy. Many cities have free yoga classes in the park, or you can get trial passes at local gyms. Many gyms want you to try out their facilities, so you can ask for a free weekly pass and hop around until you find one that suits you needs. The best parts about this are 1) trials are often free, 2) you’re getting exercise, and 3) you’re not negatively affecting the environment by making waste, especially if you use alternative modes of transportation.
Building or making things often gives us confidence, which feels great, right? Try getting crafty with salvaged items from your home, thrift shops, or yard sales, or from found items. Our Pinterest page has lots of upcycle ideas, from everyday projects to special occasion projects that can turn your home into a showplace and make you feel proud. If you get really good, you can give away or sell your items so everyone can enjoy them. And who doesn’t love getting a compliment on something they created? As always, exercise safety and caution when salvaging items.
Again, self-care can play a big part in mental, physical, and relationship health. While it may seem selfish, carving out time to do things you enjoy—whatever those activities are—can make a big difference in your mood and help you deal with life’s stressors. The most important part is to find something that works for you as an individual, and of course, take