How Embracing an Eco-Friendly Lifestyle Can Change Your Life for the Better

Nick Terran
By Nick Terran

There are many misconceptions about what going green really means for the environment and your lifestyle. Many people think it means too much expense, time and effort in an already busy day.

Although going green is a lifestyle change, it doesn’t mean you have to flip your world upside down and there are several reasons that it will change your life for the better. Here are some of the major ways going green will benefit your life from this day forward.

You Will Save Money

A big misconception about being eco-friendly is that it’s going to cost you more money. Quite the opposite. Although some things may cost a little more up front, making small eco-friendly changes to your daily habits can save you big in the long run.

Simple habits, such as turning off the lights when you leave the room, taking shorter showers in the morning or not letting the water run while you brush your teeth, will send your electric and water bills on a noticeable plunge. Unplug appliances that aren’t in use. Try rechargeable batteries. Let your clothes dry on the line outside instead of turning on the dryer.

By finding ways to be less excessive in those areas, you’ll see big savings in your pocket.

You Will Be Healthier & Feel Better

When you adopt an eco-friendly lifestyle, you naturally start becoming more aware of the choices you make, the foods you eat and the toxins that you’ve been allowing into your home.

Consuming less and being intentional about the decisions you make can have a big impact on your pocket (see above) as well as your mental and physical health. You start limiting the processed foods that you eat and consuming more fruits and vegetables in your diet. Many of those who take on an eco-friendly lifestyle start their own garden to eliminate the possibility of pesticides in their food. Plus, gardening is a great way to stay active and get some exercise while growing a nutritional goldmine for yourself.

Not only are these new lifestyle choices great for your physical health, but your mental health thrives as well. You get a confidence boost, knowing you are doing your part to make a better, safer home for your family and your environment as well.

Less Clutter Means More Calm

You’ll notice a decrease in the clutter around you when you adopt an eco-mentality. Going paperless is probably one of the best things you can do for your own sanity and it benefits the planet while you’re at it. Win-win. When you don’t have to spend time sifting through a mountain of bills, statements and junk mail, you can use that time to do something more enjoyable. Try opting out of junk mail lists and pay your bills online. This will eliminate a ton of the paper that comes in your door.

You can also reduce the amount of clutter in your home by becoming aware of what you truly need. Knowing the difference between a need and a want is huge.

Purchasing a ton of unnecessary items will only bring more clutter, stress and overwhelm to your life. An eco-friendly mentality shines a light on the necessities and really creates intentionality about the things you buy, thus reducing the clutter in your life.

These are just a few ways that an eco-friendly lifestyle can impact you in a huge way. Not only will you have a positive impact on the planet, but it will do wonders for your health and your bank account.

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