Reasons why your brain is the biggest part of going green:
1. Changing your habits requires changing your thinking, behaviour and attitudes.
2. This takes time and it isn’t easy. For example, going to an op shop for an item you need instead of a mall, taking your own bags, refusing to shop.
3. It takes strength of mind and resilience to keep on the path and not go backwards.
4. It takes acceptance and commitment, understanding your values and allowing yourself to feel uncomfortable feelings, to deal with eco anxiety and climate grief.
Things that help:
1. Reach out – to others who understand and talk about how you think and feel
2. Reconnect – with the earth and each other
3. Review – what you are doing in your life that you could change -eg stop using single-use items as much as possible, stop driving petrol cars as much as possible, stop flying long distances as much as possible, go solar (and a battery if possible) or reduce your energy consumption, eat less meat, shop secondhand first
4. Rethink – the way you live, the things you take for granted, your consumption habits and waste management
5. React – take a stand, vote, speak out, attend events.
6. Rest – take a break from social media, stop being so angry, do things that matter to you in your life, live by your values and have quiet time away from all of the noise.
These are some of the ideas you can add to the usual Steps to Sustainability of Refuse, Reuse, Reduce, Repair, Reinvent, Repurpose, Rot and Recycle. I am currently drafting my next book around these topics – head here to sign up for the newsletter for updates about my books and tips and support to tread more lightly on our beautiful planet while caring for your wellbeing 💞💞