Be a conscious consumer: Eat out and get groceries locally, buy food that doesn’t have plastic packaging, don’t use plastic bags for bulk fruit, put it loosely in the top part of the cart, or get reusable bags. Buy from companies trying to make a positive impact on the planet. I will link some of my favorite sites in the bio!
Cut back on motor vehicles: Carpooling, riding your bike to work, and so on will help save about a pound of pollutants per mile. Not only that, but the exercise that it takes you to bike or walk to your destination will promote good health physically and mentally. Doing good things feels good.
Pay your bills online. Most businesses are already using this technology. Take advantage of saving the paper! Usually companies will also give you a discount for saving the trees.
Go meatless: Vegetarian and vegan options are at almost every restaurant you go to. Roughly 2,000 gallons of water goes into one pound of beef. Going meatless will not only save that water, but it will also cut down on the harm and over production of agricultural animals. Meat is the number one source of water pollution, and the industry has a massive carbon footprint.
Use reusables: Get a reusable water bottle, silverware set, plates, and even napkins. Bonus points if your reusable is ceramic, glass, or recycled. Every year disposable water bottles use 1.5 million barrels of oil to produce, and napkins cut down 34 million trees. It is limitless of how you can impact the planet by what you buy for everyday things. That being said, if you use glass products, never put them in the trash. Glass is very easily recyclable and can always be reused.
Let me know if this is you. Doesn’t like waking up, not a morning person, tired for a few hours before finally waking up after coffee (or a few cups of coffee).
There is a cure!!! It starts with you wanting to make the change, about a week to a month of healthy habit forming, and a positive mindset.
Move for at least 5 minutes. Whether this is stretching in your bed still, or going to the living room and doing a few sun salutations, take a few minutes to get your body more warm, this will give you better circulation and digestion.
Be grateful. Write down 5 things you are grateful for, and then say them 5 times each.
Meditate. You can also add a little manifestation in there as well. What do you need? Once you know where you want your life to go, make it happen. What you think, is what will be. If you add 5 minutes everyday to say to yourself for example, “I am successful, I am working my dream job, creating my hours and pay, and I am so grateful for that.” or “I am positive. I create joy within myself and others.” Use statements that reflect that it has already happened, (I am statements).
Drink a glass of water. Now I know every insta-famous or youtube famous person will tell you to drink a hot glass of lemon water, and then take a turmeric & ginger shot, and go to soul cycle and then blah blah blah, and that’s great and so healthy, but it’s not reality for a majority of our lifestyles. I’m here to tell you to just get some water in your system. Help your body flush out toxins. Theres so many other scientific reasons you need to drink water, but don’t worry as much about the temperature or whether it has a lemon or if you are drinking it too fast or too slow. Just drink water. If you get coffee on your way to work, a great option is to take a water bottle with you and sip on it as you drive to your coffee shop or just to work.
Smile. When you look in the mirror make really funny faces at yourself or dance or something. Make yourself smile. Try and laugh, smile, say good morning to other people too, whatever being happy in the morning looks like. Being positive is hard, it is so easy to not look at someone on your way into your office, its harder to say hello and smile. BUT here’s the rub. It’s so worth it to be nice. It’s so worth it to make connections with people. Our mind craves it, we really need people to connect with to stay sane. It’s an amazing curse. If you are introverted like me, or simply just crabby pants in the morning start with this: smile at everyone you walk by and every few people say “good morning”. Don’t say how are you if you don’t care. That sounds harsh, but we as humans have these habitual phrases we use, but don’t hold meaning unless we give it meaning, and most of the time we don’t. If you feel compelled, as someone how they are, but phrase it like this- “How have you been recently? Anything new?” make that sound like your tone/voice and if you have the mental space to listen to how someone has been, ask. I bet it would make their day.
In the past week I've spoke to at least five people on "planting seeds" in people's minds. Whenever we come in contact with people who might not have the same aura or air of happiness or maybe their ego is turned on, we have a lot of mental choices we can make on how we respond, act, and go on with the conversation (or not). But at the end of the day, we have thousands of conversations. In those thousands of conversations you have an active option in all of those to plant a seed in someone's mind of these options: positivity or negativity. What will you spread to the next person?
I'd like to preface this mini workshop blog with this, if you are having a bad day, this seed can still be positive. This negative or positive charge we give people is not contingent on whether our day is going good or bad. This negative or positive charge is something that is already inside of us, and something that you can retrain your inner "charge" to be. I once had a negatively charged mind, but I learned how to rewire my mind to be and spread positivity. This gave me HUGE benefits. I have a positive friend group now, and probably 10 times more friends. I have a better job, more opportunities, so much. And ya know what? You can too.
It's really easy to be negative. It's effort to be positive. This mental shift is just as possible as these things you've probably learned before: learning to riding a bike, learning to read, working out, learning to cook, etc. It's a learning process. It's also okay to mess up.
SO- with that being said. Let's get into the nitty gritty.
1: An argument or coming to an agreement. Is this person negative? Is their ego turned up? Do they have an attitude or are being extra loud or even extra quiet? Start here. The best thing is to not excentuate their negativity by inviting that in to your mind. If you can, try and invite positivity into their mind. Try and use these keywords: "I understand where you are coming from, I think _____". or if that doesn't apply here are some more examples of ways you can plant this seed.
"I want to make sure you feel supported and fairly treated, how can I help?"
"I want you to walk away from our conversation feeling validated and happy."
I want to make sure you are treated kindly."
The important part of planting the seed of kindness is that you make sure they know you
a) want them to feel valid.
b) want them to feel fairly treated.
c) you want them to walk away from the conversation feeling better than they came and happy.
2. A regular conversation. Okay. You know walking in to this that this person might be a gossiper or has a regularly negative outlook. PLANT THE SEED EARLY. This will let them know you are not willing to shift the conversation to negativity. You start the conversation. Here's some tips on how to.
a) Compliment- "You look great today!" or "It was so kind of you to do ____" does not have to be about looks. It can be about anything. This starts the conversation with a seed of kindness. They will not be as likely to gossip or spew negativity if they are shown how you are going to act and where you stand in the conversation early.
b) Gratefulness- "Thank you so much for much for meeting me here" or "I appreciate ____" or "I'm grateful you were able to ___" whatever matches your scenario. This gives them a sense of accomplishment, which plants a seed of motivation to match your energy. It's like they did/accomplished something, even though they really didn't. But it helps push them to compliment the next person, then the next and next.
c) Smile- The conversation doesn't have to be long. This is something you do to quick interactions. Smile when you walk by someone. Smile when you meet someone for the first time. Smile when you wave goodbye. Smile to people when they look like they need a hug.
Planting that seed of kindness will hopefully spread over and over again. All with just that conversation you were going to have anyways. The interaction that was already going to happen, is now an invitation that can be continuously passed on. It started with you.
As always love & light. Go spread your kindness.