- the idea that goods and services should be produced in way that do not use resources that cannot be replaced and that do not damage the environment.
- the ability to continue at a particular level for a period of time.
(Definition from the Cambridge Dictionary)
Sounds pretty good, right? Yet somehow sustainability can often be a controversial word. Bring it up in a conversation and you suddenly see the glint of guilt or annoyance in your conversation partner’s eyes as they prepare for what they assume will be a long-winded lecture on how everyone should be vegan, plastic-free or zero waste. Sustainability is very much associated with major life changes, and eventually we all start to feel like we can never do enough.
Here at Beyneu, we believe that sustainability doesn’t only involve buying organic goods or joining the next major movement, but includes actions on a minor and personal level. Sometimes sustainability starts with a just a bit of self-care and acceptance.
We face the pressures of our own private worlds daily and it’s understandable to feel anxious and defeated. There’s pressure to hide our feelings and the slow build up of negative emotions. We feel isolated and get the sinking feeling that we aren’t good enough. We may be stating the obvious, but this is not sustainable.
We want to remind you that it is more than fine to not be fine. It’s great to pause. It’s amazing to ask for help. While it can be a show of strength to push through difficulties for the comfort of others, it’s just as strong, if not more, to put yourself first and face your vulnerabilities. Accepting we can’t do everything and that we need assistance is incredibly hard, but it’s also extremely rewarding. Therefore, we’ve created a list of tips that might make your life a little more maintainable:
Drink enough water everyday - It’s so easy to underestimate what a glass of water can do for not only your physical health, but mental health.Water has some amazing health benefits, and 8 glasses a day is the recommended target. However, every body is different and therefore you may need more or less.
Take some time to breathe- Taking some time to pause is a great way to step back from a stressful situation in order to reflect, regain composure and find a new way to tackle the problem.
Meditate- Meditation isn’t only a way to finish off a yoga class. Scientific studies shows that meditation can help with anxiety levels and even depression. It’s not a cure, but can reduce symptoms of stress.
Go for a walk- Walking is a fantastic way to clear your mind. Even if you can’t make it to a local park, taking a walk around your area is just as helpful.
Get enough sleep - Getting enough sleep every night is crucial for good self-care. On average, most people need around 7-9 hours of sleep, but it really depends on the person, so make sure you don’t deprive yourself of those precious z’s.
Exercise - Whether it’s intense cardio at the gym or a gentle yoga class, regular exercise is one of the best ways to develop a self-care routine.
Declutter your life - Too much clutter, whether in your home or your personal life, is distracting and discouraging. It can be difficult but sometimes removing negativity from your life is beneficial.
Go out with friends and family - Spent most of your time at work or hibernating recently? Spending time with those you love is the best pick me up and can add a much needed break to a monotonous routine.
Have a night in - On the opposite end, you may have spent too much time away from home recently. In that case, spending a night at home to watch a movie or read a book is a great way to recharge.
Unplug from all your devices for a day - The fact that we are always virtually connected to everyone can become overwhelming. Turning off your devices and disconnecting from social media is a great way to spend a day focusing on your needs.
Surround yourself with positivity- The more positivity around you, the more positive you will become. Avoiding social media completely isn’t realistic, so why not follow people who remind you to check up on yourself every once in a while. Some of our favourites are:
Be kind to others- Sometimes the best way to help yourself is to help others. Whether it’s volunteering at a local charity, assisting a friend or even paying a random act of kindness to a stranger, being kind to others is one of the best forms of self-care.
Call a friend to talk - Talking to people close to us can be terrifying, but once we know that they accept us at our lowest, it becomes easier to accept ourselves. If you have the option, don’t be afraid to pick up the phone and call someone that loves you.
Seek a professional if you need help- In some situations these tips won’t be enough and it may be necessary to look for professional help. Remember this isn’t a display of weakness, it’s courageous to ask for help. Click here for a list of help lines from around the world.
Each of these tips are suggestions. Don’t be afraid to develop your own self-care routines. We are powerful agents of change when we take care of ourselves, and that’s truly what this world needs. Let us know if we missed anything, and repeat after us: