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Sustainability: Avoid Overwhelm & Live Greener


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Embracing Sustainability:

Simple Ways to Avoid Overwhelm and Cultivate a Greener Lifestyle


It is easy to feel overwhelmed when thinking about making global change.

Sustainability has become the buzzword du jour, from high-rise rooftops to sprawling green countryside’s alike. But when stripped back to its core concepts, sustainability isn’t simply a buzzword – it’s also an ideology. Living sustainably means living in harmony with nature without straining its resources. Yet making sustainable lifestyle changes may feel frustrating – weighed down by an overwhelming sea of eco-friendly regulations. You want to help the earth to be more healthy but you do not want to sacrifice your mental health in the process.  

However, it is possible to protect your health and help out Mother Earth too. Let’s explore some attainable shifts that can turn daily routines into orchestrations of green harmony!


Morning Rituals: The Green Awakening


Beginning your day with sustainable practices can set the tempo for the rest of your day – no wind turbine installation needed to set this tone! Reduce your carbon footprint in simple ways. For example,  choose bamboo toothbrushes, switch from plastic bottle body wash to bar soap instead, use a reusable coffee mug, and opt for fair trade coffee as ways of awakening your inner eco warrior with birdsong! These small but meaningful steps will bring life and meaning back into your days and make this planet-saving journey that much sweeter.


Subtle Transition for Greener Commuting


Switching up your travel habits can have a dramatic impact on your carbon footprint. Consider carpooling with colleagues, taking public transit, cycling or walking instead if appropriate. And even considering electric or hybrid cars as more eco-friendly options than traditional gasoline engines as options to further demonstrate your commitment to making an eco-friendly commute.


Workplace Green Space


Cultivating a sustainable workplace goes beyond simply placing potted plants around your office – although that’s certainly an excellent place to start! Achieving a greener workplace environment is about cultivating an environment that supports sustainability throughout, such as recycling programs or paperless offices. Being mindful about our use of resources not only aids the planet but can foster creativity, reduce stress levels, and boost productivity at work.


Conscious Chowing: The Sustainable Plate


What we eat has an enormous effect on the Earth. Let’s make our meals sustainable by choosing seasonal produce grown locally to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation while supporting local economies. Also, try opting for vegetarian meals at least a few times each week in order to lessen livestock farming’s environmental footprint – check out this gluten-free, vegan, and low carb sofritas recipe as a delicious, sustainable meal idea! When it comes to packaging of food items, remember that less is more. Less wrapping is far better. A sustainable plate can give back both to Mother Earth as well as yourself!


Home Sweet Eco-Home


Transforming your house into an eco-friendly haven is not only good for the planet but can also offer financial and health advantages. Start by installing energy-efficient appliances, proper insulation, and renewable sources of energy like solar panels to reduce energy consumption. Use sustainable materials when selecting furniture pieces, as well as non-toxic cleaning products that help create an eco-friendly home for yourself and future generations alike. By contributing our part and creating our very own “Home Sweet Eco-Home”, we contribute towards making our planet healthier while creating a healthy living space that ensures our own wellbeing and future generations alike!


Shopping with a Green Lens


Adopting a green lens when shopping is all about making more eco-conscious decisions that benefit both our environment and society. When selecting products, prioritize those made from recycled or biodegradable material packaging. You can also look for products that feature minimal packaging. Purchasing second hand to reduce waste and demand for new resources is another great option. And consider durability over frequency when replacing products. This can  help to increase sustainability within markets while decreasing ecological footprints. With such mindful shopping choices in mind, consumers can drive positive change towards a more sustainable marketplace. All of this, while simultaneously decreasing their ecological footprints of themselves as consumers.


Digital Detox: Unplug to Recharge


Don’t overlook the energy vampires lurking among us: electronics that still drain power even when turned off. Make it part of your nightly ritual to unplug what’s not necessary; as well as using this time to recharge both yourself and others. Swap screen time out for face-to-face interaction or reading an actual book – your eyes, brain and electricity bill will thank you!


Conclusion: Sustainability, One Step at a Time


Integrating sustainability into your daily life doesn’t need to be a radical change or an expensive overhaul. Instead, it is about making conscious daily choices that create waves of positive change in society as a whole. Every reusable cup, bike ride and LED bulb change becomes another step towards making our collective story greener and cleaner.

So wear your sustainable heart proudly – remembering that change comes slowly but purposefully.

Change looks fabulously good on everyone!


Sustainability, One Step at a Time.

When we take it one step at a time embracing sustainability will not be overwhelming.


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Naturally Yours,
Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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12 thoughts on “Sustainability: Avoid Overwhelm & Live Greener”

  1. This is a great starter guide to help you live greener without getting swallowed up by all the possibilities. I love the idea of small steps helping you get to bigger changes.

  2. You are right about unplugging. Sometimes I have to just go for a walk. I spend all day working on the computer, and if I keep going I get writers block. A walk can solve this. Your other tips are also useful.

  3. There are so many great things you can do to green up your life. I like these suggestions for making some changes towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.