Enjoy time with others
What is the point in living, if I have no one to spend life with? I will prioritise my time to be with those whom I love.
I will embrace the awkward moments if friends or family look at me funny while I whip out my reusables when we get takeaway, and I will not persecute anyone who has plastic in their pantry or forgets to say ‘no plastic straw’. I’m not throwing away my activist attitude or attempt to be zero-waste, but I’m not going to let this plastic-filled society ruin my relationships. Perhaps this would be a helpful perspective for you too.
Be in nature
I’m ditching the constant laptop companion, and counting a hike or a swim, as a world-saving technique too. It would be ironic if I saved the environment, without ever getting to enjoy it, right?
No matter who you are, I bet you flourish when standing in a forest, breathing in an abundance of oxygen. Or maybe you’re someone who heads straight to the surf when life is out of balance. Be in nature. Sit in it. Let it heal you while you try to heal it back. Know that simply appreciating its presence and beauty, is helping it thrive.
Learn about nature
Nature is harsh, resilient, powerful, and stubborn. The more I learn about how it works, the more hope I have that nature won’t perish under the harmful acts of human beings. Do your research, watch David Attenborough, learn about all of nature’s cycles and history. You may feel better about life when you understand how the world rotates.
Be okay with doing nothing
I struggle with feeling joy while others, particularly the planet, is not. But rather than running myself haggard, I know I need to respect myself too. What good can I be to the planet, if I’m exhausted or dead?
Sitting on a piece of grass for an hour isn’t unproductive. Lying on the floor playing with your dog is actually okay, and taking a break from learning new ways you can reduce your waste, should be encouraged. Be okay with doing nothing, because nothing can mean everything when it comes to your mental health and wellbeing.
Saving the world is a large and commendable burden to bear, but please don’t forget to live. You’re here to be alive, smile lots, and make history. Remember that.