Are you feeling a bit overwhelmed with your Zero Waste journey? The good news is there is a lot of advice out there. However that can also be the bad news- it can be a bit overwhelming.
In my opinion the most essential tool you need to begin, continue or refine your Zero Waste journey is your brain. Yes- your brain. Any advice you get needs to be filtered to fit your lifestyle. Not the lifestyle you imagine or are striving towards but how you actually live. The nitty gritty day to day life with home, work, family, pets, etc. Big ideas and goals need to be tailored and adjusted into achievable steps. When we are successful, we feel positive, motivated and more open to examining and refining life changes.
Your brain is also the most powerful tool in educating yourself in order to make informed choices. In our blog 19 for 2019- Tips for Going Zero, Tip #1 was-
- Educate yourself. The more you know, the more motivated and committed you will be to keep your resolutions to be plastic free and zero waste.
I wrote my first eco-conscious blog back in 2016. At the time, I was working on not using plastic grocery bags. I know! Now it seems quite ridiculous but back then if I remembered my reusable bags it was all well and good but if I forgot I would take plastic bags and feel guilty. Now I never use plastic grocery bags and my town has banned them. The most important change for me was making a conscious choice and then tweaking to make my choice a reality.
We all have a responsibility to do our own small bit to help reduce the amount of trash and plastic waste we create. The journey is an awakening if you open your heart and use your brain.
"We all have a Super Hero inside us" but sometimes that hero needs a bit of self care.
What exactly is self care? It's taking care of yourself. I find when I'm juggling home, family, job and now the fate of our country that "me" is the daily loser. When I get busy my yoga class and my daily recharge by the ocean dog walk are the first things to go. Next is eating good and good for me food.
I also have a low but constant level of anxiety that's hard to shake. Sh*t just keeps happening and it's hard to unplug. So much has happened in the past months that I forget about events, comments and laws that outraged me. Some new crisis overtakes the news, freaks me out and makes it hard for me to balance myself.
Here are some easy tips to help you take care of yourself so you can care for others and our country.
Sleep- routines can help, unplug electronics, try a few yoga stretches, brew a pot of herbal tea, read a bit of a book. One routine I love at night is massaging our Bring on the Z balm to the bottom of my feet once I'm in bed for good. It helps the essential oils get into your bloodstream and everyone's feet need a bit of love.
Unplug from the news- it's hard I know but try your best. Find a series on Netflix for some bing watching to help get some news relief.
Cook and tidy the house- making good healthy food and clearing away the clutter can help calm your mind and use up some of that nervous energy.
Get outside- this is so important, we need sunshine and nature to stay grounded.
Exercise- getting your body moving helps clear out the mental cobwebs.
Talk to folks and smile and strangers. We all need to feel connected.
We put together a "Self Care in the Age of Anxiety" kit filled with good for you products to help you de-stress and recharge. We have a special price for purchasing two, one for you and one for a fellow sister.
The kit contains-
"Girl Hold My Earrings" sticker
Sample Pack of Shower Shots- aromatherapy right in the shower and a scent for every mood.
#resist creme- #racism, #resist sexism, #resist wrinkles.
Be Kind Lip Treatment- because our words matter.
Too Much Botanical Oils- a bit of calm in our hectic world.
Hot and Healing Balm- after hitting the streets give your feet a treat.