Sometimes, even those of us most determined to make positive life changes like going green and living more simply find it difficult to keep it together and not get lost in the shuffle of other summer obligations. Summer, although it’s often associated with relaxation and fun in the sun, often becomes a stressful time where many of us fall short of our lofty ideals.
Commitments from work and kids and family leave you feeling bogged down, and frankly, overwhelmed. Green living choices become harder to make, not because of your lack of willpower or dedication to the cause, but simply because it’s often more convenient to grab that plastic bag or bottle of water instead of bringing your own reusable bag or reusable bottle. Instead of getting caught up in a cycle of frustration and guilt, slow down and find relief knowing it doesn’t have to be so hard to make greener choices, even if you aren’t perfect.
While your choices might be as green as the trees, give yourself credit for the small changes. After all, that’s where it all starts. Here are some great tips to keep in mind when you’re struggling to make your life a little greener amid the chaos.
Lots of us, even those who seem to be able to do it all, tend to overestimate how much energy and our resources we use in our daily lives. Serving on multiple PTA committees, coaching kids’ games, cleaning up the house, attending school events and open houses on top of a job can leave you drained well before you’ve even taken the time to take care of yourself! Focus is finite, and as much as like to think we can, we can’t do it all. It’s just not reasonable or healthy. Determine how much focus and free time you really have before delving into new commitments and projects, otherwise you’ll be too burnt out to accomplish anything.
Most of manage to try and limit commitments to some extent, but there will always be last minute crises and task that pop up and demand your attention. Plan for those moments, and maybe take note of which tasks on your to-do list can be temporarily ignored when they need to be. In other words, plan for things you didn’t plan for…After all, life is what happens when we’re busy making other plans!