I strive to go green on both the inside and outside – through wellness, the environment, and nature. I’m here to tell you that going green is more than just recycling and turning off the lights. Go green for your body, by being conscious of what you consume and how you take care of yourself. Go green for our earth, by recycling (of course) and being environmentally friendly. Go green for your soul, by opting outside and breathing in that fresh air.
Make peace with your body, and recognize what makes you feel good. Food is the root of our wellbeing, and nourishing our bodies with whole foods is the key to feeling energized and balanced. Ever since I discovered my high sensitivities to gluten and dairy, I have made changes in my diet that have changed my vision of healthy living. I have cut out processed foods, refined sugar, dairy, and gluten and replaced them with whole, clean foods such as fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, legumes, lean meats and fish, and endless amounts of tea. I also pay more attention to the nutritional content of food, because vitamins and minerals are important too! Food is made up of more than just simple food groups – there’s a ton of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that are the real powerhouses behind what makes us feel good.
Holistic living is something that has changed my health and my life, and I am a strong believer in the mind-body-spirit connection. If your mind is not happy, your body and spirit are not happy, and vice versa. Eating well can nourish our bodies, but what nourishes our mind and our spirit? Be mindful. Be aware of the present and let yourself live each moment to its fullest potential. It sounds cliché, but every moment spent in anxiety and worry is a moment passed. Recognize how your body responds to your mind and use that as a guide to your own personal wellness. I have made my deepest connections between my mind, body, and spirit through yoga. Once you set aside the daunting thoughts of the difficult (and sometimes painful) poses and positions, you will find yourself at peace with your mind with your spirit flowing freely within you. I know yoga is not for everyone, but the mind-body-spirit connection can still be experience by exercising or simply laying on your bed with your eyes closed. Going on a run is one of my favorite ways to relieve stress. Exercising is so important in maintaining and regulating your internal body systems, and it’s also a great way to clear your mind (bonus!). Whatever your meditation method, empty your mind of the day’s thoughts and allow yourself to de-stress. Having this personal time with yourself is an important aspect of healthy living, as it allows you to relax your conscious and reflect.
Being positive is something I pride myself on. That is not to say that I am never feeling down or discouraged, but always looking on the bright side has helped me accomplish so many of my goals. Optimism not only brings out the best in you but it helps you see the good in everything around you. And don’t forget – smiling is contagious 🙂
Love Your Earth
The earth is your home, so why destroy it? Ever since I started paying attention to my carbon footprint, the more I realized how big of an impact one person can have on the environment. From recycling waste and conserving electricity to starting a compost pile and protecting wildlife, I have never felt better about myself and the consequences of my actions. Little things can change the world. And starting out small is what can help you learn and grow into a strong advocate of Mother Earth.
I’m huge on recycling. I recycle everything. Or at least everything that can be recycled. I’ve gotten into the habit of asking myself “Can I used this for something else?” before I throw anything away. I do small things like turning on lights and air conditioning only when absolutely necessary, and I also advocate larger scale environmental projects like preserving national parks and endangered wildlife. Basically, I’m a conservation and eco-friendly nut. On top of that, you probably have never met someone who loves all living things more than me. I’ve taken measures to clean out my apartment and replace my products with cruelty free ones. Adopting a few houseplants, such as succulents or mini herb gardens, is a great way to bring some green into your home.
I Hiked It, I Liked It
I am also a nature nut. I love everything nature and outdoors-y, and I firmly believe that fresh air and spending time with nature is the best cure for a disheartened soul. National parks are my jam. Something about the beauty of preserved land untouched by humans amazes me and never fails to leave me in awe. But even just stepping off your porch and wiggling your bare feet in the grass is enough. Turn your face up to the sunshine, close your eyes, take a deep breath, and I guarantee you can’t help but smile. In today’s world, everyone could use some time away from their devices and jam packed schedules. I thrive off of the serenity of nature – it’s where I find peace with myself and the hectic world around me. The more we are in tune with nature, the more we can become in tune with ourselves. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and get your hands and feet dirty. Take a daily walk through your local park or plan hiking trips on Instagram-worthy trails. Go on an adventure every now and then – you’ll free your body, your mind, and your soul, and you’ll thank me.