It’s quite a stretch to imagine how developing habits of self-care eventually leads to a positive impact in our environment, but being mindful of our wellness is just as much a demonstration of kindness to our planet.
It’s often the little details that count. In a landscape where grand gestures often take the most credit, sometimes it’s still the seemingly tiny actions that make the most impact. Marvel and DC superheroes draw a lot of our attention because of how easy they make it appear to be on call anytime there’s any need for a rescue, but in real life, meaningful actions require no red capes or fancy gears.
No need for supersonic speed, no need for a mythical armor that deflects bullets—these five self-care habits are some of the ways of showing the Mother Earth that you care.
Cut back on the smartphone use
Real talk: a lot of us spend plenty of cumulative hours in front of our smartphone screens more than we’d like to admit. It’s not something that benefits us as much as we’d like, but we spend a lot of hours on it anyway. So much of hours spent on looking down, hunched in front of a screen, scrolling further and further below until we feel the weariness creeping in—it’s a cycle that is both unhealthy and prone to abuse.
We’ve heard how too much exposure and excessive use of smartphones affect our eyesight, posture, and sleep, but among its other consequences also influence our environment. A decade since smartphones introduced a breakthrough in the market, it has continued to improve in many ways that were once imagined in fiction. But the adverse effects are plenty and its taking a toll on our planet. Beginning from its production process, then to its usage, and up until its disposal, although upcoming smartphone releases are tempting reasons to upgrade, the cost of its disposal bears a significant impact on the environment. The amount of electronic waste is enormous and needless purchase of electronics is a cause for environmental damage. Before the splurge, it helps to invest in a smartphone that’s reliable to ensure that your mobile use is sustainable.
Skip the elevator, take the stairs
Who doesn’t like the easy route? At usual scenarios, there would be more people lining up for the elevator than those who would rather head for the stairs. And normally, elevators are a big help when we’re finishing errands, saving up time, and during times when we’d rather choose to exert the least physical effort. All of these are among the many benefits it provides—except in cases when it teaches us to be idle. There are cases when using the elevator is not only helpful, but also necessary, but then there are cases when taking the steel steps wouldn’t hurt either.
Strike up a conversation with a friend, use the few extra minutes of taking the stairs to limber up your legs and you’ve already taken a simple step to taking care of yourself and reducing energy consumption for the environment.
Keep plants at home
When we think of activities that would help us relax, the usual picture that would come to mind would likely include massages, fragrance wafting through the air, and the soft flickering of a candlelight to complete the ambiance. But although they are sure-fire ways to help you relax, they are not the only ones and there are other Earth-friendly alternatives.
Keep potted plant indoors to add a calming touch of nature in your home and observe how it transforms any space as friendlier to both user and the environment. Not just a decoration or a fixture that simply contributes to aesthetics, plants kept indoors help you de-stress and decompress after a long day at work.
Enjoy a walk outside
There are simply very few things that could beat the comforts of home. The ease and relief of being at home feels like a sanctuary and if you’re a home buddy, you would agree that staying in is much better than a night spent outside. But although staying indoors has a lot of enjoyable perks, too much of it could be unhealthy and may lead to some health deficiencies. Treat yourself to a calming stroll and bask in some healthy sunshine because not only does it serve as a light exercise, it also doubles as an immune system booster.
Going somewhere close to home? Leave the car keys for a while and opt for a walk in the neighborhood. You didn’t just save up on gas consumption and reduced smoke emissions, your health gains a plus, too.
Cutting back on overtime work
There are a lot of us who would say that with all the things to do, 24 hours in a day just isn’t always enough to get it all done. The result? Cue in the tableau of all-nighters and over-caffeinated systems. But aside from the obvious consequences like feeling drained the following day and being fatigued, it’s not just your body that you’re doing more harm than good. Overtim, whether at work or at home, collects a bigger cost than deducting hours from your sleep, it also impacts your health and the electrical energy you consume. Reduce your electricity usage and reward yourself with a well-deserved rest by getting things done before the late hours of the night.