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Intentionally is Important for Living an Eco Friendly Lifestyle

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It’s easy to live like everyone else. You don’t have to think twice about the ways you shop, interact with people, or take care of yourself. There are many ways to create an eco-friendly lifestyle, but all of them start with one thing. You need intentionality if you want to make a positive impact on the environment, your home, health, community, and beyond. You may have no idea where to start when it comes to living a more mindful and intentional existence or how it can benefit you. Let’s take a look at some ways to implement this way of living and how it helps people and the planet around you.

Being a Conscientious Consumer is a Good Way to Be More Eco Friendly

The first thing you can do to start a life of more intention is to be intentional with what you consume – and when you do so, you’ll consume less. From social media to the food you eat, if you’re mindful of the decisions you make, you’ll see an immediate impact on your physical and emotional well being too. Beyond that, when you’re consuming more miniature material goods, your result can be felt not only by more money in your pocket but less global pollution and less demand for inhumane working conditions for some of the human beings creating the goods you once consumed too much of. 

Try Practicing Minimalism to Be More Eco Friendly

For many people, a life of more intention ultimately leads to minimalism. The great thing about living a minimalist lifestyle is you will feel its effects beyond just the number of items in your home. The less you own, the fewer distractions, the less time spent, the fewer feelings of anxiety looking around at all your belongings. A cluttered desk is a cluttered mind, right? Consuming less, minimalist lifestyles leads to a host of positive benefits for the global climate crisis. 

Purchase Intentionally 

When it comes to a life of intentionality, we want to be mindful of where our dollars go. Starting by shopping locally, you can make sure you’re having an immediate impact on your community. When you can’t shop locally or are loyal to brands, buy things that help heal the planet, not hurt it. From sustainable textiles like cotton and linen to bamboo toilet paper and paper towels – making conscious choices that you feel good about and help the earth heal are essential. If you are a parent, the way you shop is a great and easy way to teach your children the importance of taking care of the environment and what matters most in life. 

Prioritizing Self Care 

There is no way that you can fill up the cup of the world when you’re running on fumes. Prioritizing rest and self-care is paramount to living a life of more intention. Sleep is a necessary time to recharge and restore your body and mind. You can wake up with a clear mind and a positive attitude every day by resetting yourself each night. If you’re having trouble falling asleep, try curating a nighttime routine that gets you calm and ready for restorative sleep. Herbal teas like chamomile and calming aromatherapy like lavender are a great place to start. 

Choose Kindness 

When you plan what your intentional lifestyle will look like, you’ll likely include it on your list to be more grateful for your life and the things in it. One way to make sure we’re practicing gratitude is by choosing kindness. Be thankful for a kind heart. Do you know the adage about kindness being contagious? It’s true, so choose to be kind to the world, human beings, and animals – you’ll see it paid forward. 

Spend Time With Loved Ones 

When you consume less, limit distractions, and lead a healthier lifestyle, you’ll likely have more time to do things that truly matter. Use some of your time to spend with those that you love. Socialization is a critical part of the human experience and spending time around loved ones that lift you is beneficial to everyone. Prioritizing your time intentionally and making this type of socializing is an essential step towards a more joyful life. 

Living life intentionally doesn’t take much effort once you put the wheels in motion. You will quickly see the benefits of prioritizing yourself, your boundaries, and your well-being. Your children will learn these habits for you, and the effects can be felt for generations. Not to mention the positive impacts on the environment already listed above. So, here’s to a life of more mindfulness and better health!

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