Sustainability enthusiasts typically focus on living in a way that causes the most minimal harm to the environment, reducing their carbon footprint, and avoiding waste. This could be at the detriment of self-care.
It is quite easy for a sustainability-focused person to commit their lives to make the environment cleaner without particularly taking care of themselves. It is important that we highlight the importance of self-care in the sustainability community.
As much as you want to make the most difference in your community and the world at large, your impact will be limited if you are continuously burnt out and tired. So, learn to incorporate self-care into your life with any of these self-care activities.
Reading magazines and books is an eco-friendly way to unwind. You can read a whole book or just a whole chapter of fiction or nonfiction. You can read physical books. For an eco-friendlier experience, read digital books and magazines.
Whether it is baking, cooking, or just preparing food, cooking is a highly sustainable self-care activity, especially if you find cooking to be de-stressing.
Take some time out to try a new recipe, from the process of getting the ingredients, to slowly preparing them and making the food, and eventually savouring the meal. Make a nourishing meal and indulge as an essential self-care activity.
The numerous benefits of gardening make it a top self-care activity. When you garden, you get to achieve a unique level of tranquillity, connect with nature, and grow healthy and nourishing food. Explore gardening tips and grow a garden of your preferred plants.
4. Sleep in
Sleeping in is a top-quality self-care activity that is commonly overlooked. Instead of waking up at the sound of your alarm and starting yet another sub-optimal day, turn off the alarm and take some hours to sleep in.
You will enjoy the benefits of the extra hours of sleep and rest in the immediate future and long after.
5. Alone time
Spending time by yourself is a sustainable self-care activity that is highly enriching. Alone time helps to destress and replenish lost emotional and mental health. Providing emotional labour or just spending time with others consistently could deplete your health.
Switch off as often as you feel the need to be replenished and take some very much-needed alone time.
6. Create Art
Creating any of the forms of art is a type of sustainable self-care that works based on the ability it gives you to express yourself.
In moments when you feel stressed or just need some downtime, express your creative self. You can simply just redecorate a portion of your room or home office.
Writing out your thoughts is a self-care activity with multifaceted benefits. This sustainable activity is important for the improved processing of thoughts. Journaling also helps to relieve stress. You can journal in whatever style and pattern you prefer.
There are no laid-out rules for journaling, but the outcomes are always the same, processing your thoughts and understanding yourself better. You can journal your way into improved mental and emotional health.
8. Eat out
We already mentioned cooking as a self-care activity. If cooking is too much of a chore for you or you simply can’t stress when you cook or do any cooking-related activity, eating out could serve the same purpose for you.
Visit that restaurant with interesting menus or ambience and enjoy the moment. Take yourself out and enjoy good sustainable food to lift your spirits and cater to your mind and soul. If restrictions limit you from dining out, you can order in, create your desired ambience, and savour your meal.
9. Visit a park
Visiting a park is a full-fledged eco-friendly self-care activity. It can also serve as an alternative to a garden if you don't have the space for a garden or can't fully commit to gardening.
Spend time with nature to relax, recalibrate, and just soak in all the beauty of nature when you go to a park or botanical garden. You can spend an uneventful time at the park or host a zero-waste picnic.
10. Take a nap
A nap is a powerful self-care tool with numerous benefits. A 15-minute nap will significantly rejuvenate and refresh your body, mind, and soul. As often as you can, incorporate naps into your schedule for a low-stress and highly productive life.