I’ve written over 100 articles and it can be hard to keep coming up with content. So I asked on my Facebook Page the other day for blog topic ideas. A recurring theme was a frustration I hear from many:
“I want to be more green, but I don’t know where to start.”
It’s so easy to feel overwhelmed. There are lists, resources, articles, videos… so much information that is supposed to help you; but in reality, we are drowning in it. If you keep having ideas to start being a little more green, but never move past the idea stage, this post is for you my friend.
I will share with you the same process I use to get out of my head and into a greener routine. Even though I have been practicing various green living strategies for 15 years, there are times where I slip, times when I start questioning everything, and times when I just want to do more. Here’s what I do whenever a change just seems too daunting or confusing to make.
3 Steps to Make Healthy Changes Easier
1. Decide what you really want. (Cue the Spice Girls…)
The problem with a lot of the “10 Ways to Be Healthy” type lists out there is that nobody can tell you what green means to you. Before you even start thinking about the changes you want to make, you have to decide what you want to get out of the process. Maybe you want to reduce toxins to support a pregnancy. Or perhaps you’re suffering from autoimmune disease. Or maybe you want to make sure you’re doing everything you can to keep your baby safe and healthy.
It could be (and often is) a combination of things. But what’s important is that your list is yours. If you’re trying to follow someone else’s definition of a healthy home, you won’t be as invested in the process and probably won’t keep up with it long enough to form new habits.
2. Choose ONE thing you want to change.
Even if you only have one area to work on, there are a thousand individual things you can do that are probably “healthier” than what you’re doing right now. But that doesn’t mean you have to do everything all at once. Start with making one change that will get you closer to that goal.
Let’s say your goal is to create a healthier home for baby. Start with spaces they are in (or will be in) the most, and take a look around. What will they have greatest contact with? That’s where you start.
3. Make a plan.
Once you know what you’re working towards and you’ve chosen one task to focus on, decide how you’re going to make it happen. This may take some research and investment, or it may mean getting into a new habit. But create a clear plan and put it somewhere that will help you remember your new goal – in your calendar, on sticky notes around the house, whatever you have to do.
Make sure your plan is specific so you know exactly what you have to do or where you have to go to accomplish your goal. Also, try to have some measurable target if you can. This applies to any change you want to make in life. If you don’t have something to work towards or measure against, you’re less likely to be successful.
There you have it. By breaking down big, lofty goals (creating a healthier home) into manageable and specific tasks, you can break the cycle of interest and overwhelm. Yes, there will always be more you can do. And yes, if you follow these steps for every change it would take you a lifetime or more. But the idea is that once you get into the groove, you’ll find other changes happen much more naturally. I’ve found green living to be like a snowball – the goodness just keeps coming the more you play around.
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