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  • Writer's pictureJo Soria

Earth Day Self-Care: 8 Planet-Friendly Ways to Boost Your Own Well-Being

"The health of the planet and the health of the people are inextricably linked. We cannot have one without the other." - David Suzuki

We get it: beach cleanups and composting aren't for everyone. And sometimes, the idea of green or sustainable living seems like a cannonball into the deep end of a pool. But the fact is—our health and the health of our planet are deeply, relentlessly interconnected.

By integrating eco-friendly habits into our daily routines, we can reduce our environmental impact and improve our health and mental well-being.

Woman in forest of plant; Earth Day self-care tips

Earth Day Self-Care With a Side of Greens

Overloaded on Earth Day content? Time to get selfish with us for a second.

Earth Day isn't just about saving the planet; it's also an opportunity to enhance our well-being by adopting sustainable practices. Here are eight practical Earth Day self-care ways to go green while supporting your health and happiness.

1.   Embrace Nature Therapy

Spending time in nature has been shown to reduce stress, improve mood, and boost overall well-being. Take a break from your hectic schedule to go for a hike, have a picnic in the park, or sit outside and savor the sunshine for a bit (that dose of Vitamin D is an added bonus).

Connecting with the natural world is good for us on about every level and reminds us of our stake in keeping our planet beautiful for future generations.

2.   Grow Some Greens (It's Not as Difficult as You Think!)

There's something incredibly satisfying about growing your fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Not only does it reduce your carbon footprint by cutting down on transportation emissions, but it also provides you with fresh, nutritious produce. Even if you don't have a yard, you can grow herbs and veggies in pots on a windowsill or under some grow lights.

Or, start even more simply by adopting a few houseplants to tidy your airspace and pump good vibes into your home. There are plenty of hardy varieties that pretty much take care of themselves, or you can get app-based support to tell you exactly how to care for your little green babies.

3.   Craft Yourself a Delicious Meal

While we're on the subject of growing some greens, hear us out: cooking your meals at home not only allows you to control the ingredients for optimal nutrition (and flavor!)

On top of the personal benefits of consuming less ultra-processed food (which we promise you'll notice pretty quickly), you're also contributing to a more sustainable food system by reducing packaging waste and reliance on major processed food suppliers.

Treat yourself to a morning at the farmers market shopping for quality ingredients, then start your favorite playlist, podcast, or audiobook to make cooking time enjoyable. Get creative with leftovers by repurposing them into new dishes or freezing them for future meals.

Person chopping greens; Earth Day self-care

4. Savor Your Meals With Mindful Eating 

Eating mindfully helps you appreciate your food more, encourages healthier eating habits, and reduces food waste.

Chew slowly and take your time savoring each bite; pay attention to how different foods make you feel during and after eating. Choose locally sourced, seasonal ingredients whenever possible to support sustainable agriculture and reduce emissions from food transportation.

5. Cultivate Beauty Through Upcycling

Instead of throwing away old items, give them a new lease on life through upcycling. Turn glass jars into candle holders, transform old clothes into trendy new outfits, or repurpose furniture for a fresh look.

Upcycling reduces landfill waste and saves money, but it also allows you to express your creativity and hone your DIY skills.

6. Treat Yourself to High Quality Clothing and Goods

The fast fashion industry is one of the most significant contributors to environmental degradation and social injustices. Support sustainable fashion brands that prioritize ethical production practices, use eco-friendly materials, and promote fair labor standards.

Consider investing in timeless, high-quality pieces that are made to last and minimize your impact on the planet.

7. Green Your Cleaning Routine

Traditional cleaning products often contain chemicals that can harm both the environment and your (or your pets') health. Switch to eco-friendly cleaning alternatives like vinegar, baking soda, and castile soap, which are practical and budget-friendly, without the harmful side effects of more conventional products.

Yep, you can easily make your own cleaning products using affordable, natural ingredients. There are entire online channels and communities dedicated to this topic, and we'll admit we're a little obsessed.

8. Unplug and Disconnect

In the digital age, we're steeped in notifications, emails, and constant updates, which can be detrimental to our mental well-being.

Take regular breaks from screens by unplugging and disconnecting from technology. You're not only reducing your mental clutter and overstimulation, but you're also:

  • saving money on your utility consumption/expenses

  • optimizing and potentially increasing the life of your electronics

  • easing up on electric consumption and carbon emissions

Want to make more of an impact? Go to EARTHDAY.ORG and get involved!


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