5 Simple Steps to Shift from Eco Overwhelm to Eco Warrior

“Embrace that you are an ordinary women that can do the absolute extraordinary” Lucy Perry

I recently attended an event called Women Leading Change. As you can imagine by the title the speakers were incredible. They spoke of authenticity, self care, mindset, self acceptance, being of service to others among so much more. I am going to need at least a week to let it all sink in. My mind was just blown away with the wisdom they so generously shared.

It got me thinking about how I can apply this to my eco lifestyle journey and how I do my best to live in harmony with our earth and our oceans. How can I articulate my message in a way that is kind, loving and creates unity not separation?

Something I have realised for a while now is that when it comes to changing or shifting an area of your life so much comes down to mindset. We can so easily be overwhelmed by what living an Eco friendly life entails. You have to be organised, creative, willing to step out of your comfort zone and try new things (menstrual cups anyone?!). There are highs and there are lows just like anything in life.

By cultivating an Eco-friendly mindset you can reduce your overwhelm. It all comes down to these 5 simple steps I want to share with you.

5 steps to cultivating your Eco-friendly mindset

1) Find your why

Why do you want to live an Eco friendly life? What motivates you? Is it your health, your kids, your dog? Or maybe you love walks in nature and hate seeing it trashed. No matter what it is, If you are feeling overwhelmed or you need some inspiration to take your Eco journey to the next level, Tap into your why. Ask yourself those questions. Write it down. Put it in your journal or on a post it note. Pop it on the fridge. That way you can always remind yourself why you are doing this.

2) Love/ kindness

We must come from a place of love in all that we do, whether it’s picking up rubbish off the beach for the love of our oceans or not beating ourselves up when we forget to take our reusable bags to the supermarket. We have to lift ourselves up, be gentle, kind and compassionate towards ourselves and others when we live this journey. You will make mistakes. Plastic will make its way into your home. Be kind, be gentle, and know that you can make a better choice next time.

3) Find your Courage

Sometimes we have to dig deep to find courage to move forward on our eco journey. Getting out of our comfort zone can bring up a lot of uncomfortable feelings. Deciding to use baking soda and apple cider vinegar on my hair was terrifying the first time (probably because I forgot to dilute the ACV, and it got into my eyes and stung for an hour) but I seriously thought I was going to end up with a huge birds nest on my head. Luckily for me, I got the courage to take the plunge and my hair has never felt better.

4) Health/ wellness

We must look after ourselves before we can look after another, including our planet. If we are run down, stressed and sleep deprived we won’t be able to give 100% of ourselves to anything or anyone. I remember a few weeks ago I was down and out with a cold. A couple of times that week I forgot to take my reusable bags to the supermarket. I got to the check out and was instantly hit with green guilt (that sinking feeling in your gut that you get anytime you don’t make a planet positive choice). I don’t do it often but I know I’m way more likely to forget my reusable bags, cup etc when my head is foggy and I feel like crap.

5) Community

We can achieve so much more together than we can ever achieve alone. Share your experiences with your Eco soul sisters, friends and family. Join some supportive Facebook groups that share Eco tips, recipes and inspiration. The more we can create a community around living lighter on the planet the better for our Mother Earth, right?

All of these steps are so intrinsically linked together, choose one and start with that. Make it fun and remember every time you make a planet positive choice mother earth is smiling at you.

How do you cultivate your Eco-friendly mindset ? What would you add to this list?

Regan Jade xx

Regan Jade Taylor is a Marine Biologist and Eco-Wellness Coach.

Her site reganjade.com is a space for ocean loving women to learn how to get out of overwhelm and transition to a toxic free life that nourishes you while looking after our beautiful oceans. She makes it fun, easy and fashionable for the modern eco-warrior.

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6 Great Tips for an Eco-Friendly Christmas

With Christmas fast approaching it’s a good time to start thinking about what Christmas means to you.  For most people, Christmas is a time for celebration with food, wine and gift-giving with family and friends. Unfortunately, this can lead to excessive consumption and an abundance of waste. Not to mention all the packaging used! So, why not add the environment into your Christmas celebration?

According to a study conducted by  Lonergan Research, Australian’s will spend around $16.2 billion on Christmas, equating to around $900 per Australian! You can only imagine how much waste that would produce.  We thought we’d help you out and compile a list of our favorite eco-friendly christmas tips so you can reduce waste and celebrate the environment this festive season.

1. Give a worm farm!

Worm farms are the best way to reduce household food waste while creating super nutritious food for your garden. This is also a great present for children as it teaches them all about the environment and it’s fun! You can make your own worm farm, or you can buy an already made one from somewhere like Worms R Us

2. Tree time

Every Christmas season thousands of trees are cut down for people to decorate and place in their homes. Instead of buying a Christmas tree, why not buy a real potted tree to decorate? Even better, when the Christmas season is over you can plant it!

beautiful-christmas-tree

 Image: 79 Ideas

3. Watch your wrapping!

1.9 tonnes of paper is used in Australia each year- and this includes wrapping paper. It’s surprisingly easy to cut down on the amount of wrapping you use. Some great alternatives include: collecting boxes during the months leading up to Christmas and decorating them. You can also get creative with recycled newspaper or plain paper and decorate it yourself. 

4. Give back to the environment

Gift-giving is a huge part of Christmas so it’s awesome that there is a great range of environmentally-friendly gifts out there. Here are our top picks for environmentally friendly gift-giving:

  • Raw Agave chocolates from Loving Earth. Containing no cane sugar or dairy and double the amount of antioxidants as conventionally processed chocolate, this is a perfect healthy treat for Christmas presents. 
  • Underwear from NicoWith sustainably sourced materials and garments that are made in Australia under ethical conditions they a perfect Christmas gift. Even better, they are the first Australian underwear brand to be accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia and their garments look totally awesome!  
  • Vegan makeup from Ere PerezThis makeup is made from carefully selected premium ingredients which are blended with antioxidants. The result? A gentle and highly effective make-up solution. Even better – it’s all natural!
  • Sustainable sandals from Vege Threads. These sandals are handmade to order which keeps wastage to a minimal. They also use hand-tools instead of heavy-duty machinery which reduces electricity usage. Perfect for the summer season!
  • Eco-friendly notebooks from Words With Heart. We use 100% recycled paper and card for our ever-inspiring notebooks making it a fantastic eco-friendly gift. You can find our collection here

5. Eco-friendly Christmas cards

Here at Words With Heart we’ve created some eco-friendly postcards so you can feel guilt-free about card giving this Christmas. Postcards are a great replacement for normal Christmas cards because you use half the card AND you don’t need an envelope! How awesome is that!

6. The aftermath

Once Christmas is all over and the New Year is settling in, store your used wrapping paper and decorations for away for next year.

Have a merry green Christmas everyone!