Modern life is extremely competitive and complex. As a matter of fact, there is not one single task in your list of daily chores that is cut and dry. From the moment one wakes up in the morning, one is faced with a number of options and challenges.
All you need is a peek inside the cabinet of your bathroom and you will be looking at myriad scented shampoos, scrubs and shaving gels that will leave you feeling overwhelmed.
Whether you believe it or not, the truth is that everyone today is living in a consumerist culture and requires ten different products for basically the same purpose.
Owing to an ever-expanding consumerist society and this constant yearning to have the best products – from clothes to shoes, cars to electronics and everything in between – everyone has amassed even more products that they will probably ever use or need. It may be that you have purchased the product with the intention of using and think that they will improve the quality of your life in some way, but in reality, you are basically just getting stuff for the sake of getting it.
Do you know that green living is not something that you can buy? It is about treasuring the things that you have and doing all that you can with what you have.
When you bring home a lot of stuff, you are basically creating a physically and visual clutter. If you think that just stuffing all of your old clothes and shoes inside the closet will magically make it go away, you are certainly mistaken! The more clutter you bring into your home and also surrounding, the less you are able to concentrate and process information. Studies have also revealed that living amidst litter leads to increased levels of anxiety and stress. So, how can you avoid facing the negative effects of too much stuff? You can begin by living with less.
Let’s make one thing absolutely clear – living with less does not mean sacrificing the basic necessities of your life or giving up the luxuries of life. Living with less simply means acquiring the knowledge required to maximize the usability and efficiency of the items that you use every day.
It also means curbing your urge for buying a new gadget on impulse and before buying any item, asking yourself about the value of the item and if you actually need it. You also need to evaluate if you have any more room to bring in more stuff.
Do you know that recycling can help you to reduce costs while also decreasing the carbon footprint in the environment? A large part of living green is recycling and this way, you will be able to make use of your old stuffs that you thought has no use anymore, such as newspaper, old cans, bottles, etc.
By being conscious about your choices, you are actually helping people like you, animals and also the environment. As you begin to eat less and useless, you reach a point where you also need less. Initially, it may be difficult to control your impulses, but you will get used to it and also start to enjoy the benefits that living with less will provide you. Some of them are given below.
The moment you start to consider the things you have versus the things that you actually need, you become self-aware about yourself and surrounding. This is when you come face to face with all the extravagances of your life. Upon gaining self-awareness, you will be able to put a check on your consumptive nature and only get the things that you absolutely need. You will be motivated to live a life where you need less and thus, waste less.
Simply put, you give yourself far too many choices than what you actually need and also contemplate over them for a really long time. Do you really need 8 different types of devices to cut fruits or vegetables? No! But, you do spend a lot of time and even money getting all those 8 types of cutting devices. So, you see how overtly complicated you are making your life! This thought of getting the money to pay for all this overabundance lead to high levels of stress. If you could just cut down on the number of things you use, you will be doing yourself and the environment a favor and also your anxiety levels will reduce.
Do you often feel frustrated with all the clutter in your house? Do you feel claustrophobic in your own home? The problem is not that your house has no space, the problem is that there are just too many things that you don’t even need taking up all the viable space. Even look at your social media feeds. Aren’t they just too much sometimes? Cut down on all of this and start leading a simple life with little distraction. You will find inner peace and a lot of space to breathe.
Living with less automatically means spending less on things that you do not need. This means that your financial pressure will be greatly reduced and you will have enough money to spend on the things that you actually need, such as healthy food, good quality household items and so on. In addition to saving you money, this practice of yours will also reduce the pressure on the resources of the planet. The less you use, the less is the need to manufacture more products and the focus will be on sustainable development and growth.
Even if you live with less, you will be able to enjoy all the amenities and luxuries of life. All you have to do is simply use the things that you actually need. If your life is truly precious to you, the life of the planet should also matter to you. It is high time that you start leading a simple, yet fulfilling life by adopting a green lifestyle. This way, you will be leaving behind a beautiful world for your children to cherish and enjoy.