Living more sustainably is a goal for many of us these days. We bring reusable bags to the grocery store, cut back on our meat consumption, and shop sustainable brands all to help the environment. However, at times this can feel like a heavy burden. We may feel guilty for not choosing the most sustainable option or anxious that we aren’t doing enough.
Living sustainable lives shouldn’t feel like a burden. We can all live more sustainably for the sake of the environment without costing us our mental health.
Here are five myths about sustainable living that are probably doing your mental health and the planet more harm than good.
You Have To Live A Perfect Sustainable Life
Living sustainably isn’t an all-or-nothing approach. We aren’t robots and we can’t make sustainable choices 100% of the time. Sometimes we forget our reusable shopping bag or cutlery and have to opt for plastic instead and that’s ok! Don’t feel like you have to make sustainable choices every time to help the environment because that type of pressure is not sustainable for your mental health.
You Can’t Buy Nice Things
If you’re someone who enjoys treating yourself to the occasional luxury product you might think that is something you have to give up to maintain a more sustainable lifestyle, but that’s not necessarily true! For starters, premium products are made with high-quality materials that are designed to last, unlike cheaply made products that have to be replaced every couple of years. By buying higher-end products that last a lifetime you’re cutting down on waste and challenging the throw-away mentality that comes with buying cheap products.
You Have To Put Everyone Else’s Needs First
It’s very altruistic of you to want to help your friends, family, neighbors, and planet earth, but you can’t forget about yourself. By emphasizing self-care not only are you bettering yourself but your community and environment benefit from a happier, healthier version of you.
I Can’t Afford To Live Sustainably
Living sustainably doesn’t mean buying only trendy, eco-friendly products. You know what’s just as sustainable as purchasing eco-conscious clothing? Buying second hand. Being sustainable involves consuming less. So try to think about reducing and reusing before consuming more.
I’m Only One Person I Can’t Make A Difference
You may be only one person, but your actions do make a difference! And what you may not realize is that you will probably end up inspiring others around you to make sustainable choices in their lives too!