Getting started with natural living
Updated: May 26, 2019
If you are new to the natural life, and stumbled on my blog, welcome! If you have not yet discovered how many bad ingredients we come in contact with in our daily lives, you’re in the right place.
Natural living can be challenging and overwhelming when you first start out. Most people are overcome with thoughts of where do I even start? What is most important? How will I ever even do this?
And then your head gets to you and you think I’ll never be able to do this!
Let me reassure you, you absolutely CAN do this! You do not have to do a complete overhaul overnight for it to be effective. Pick one area where you can switch a few products, and work slowly from there. Something as simple as buying a cleaner laundry detergent, better household cleaners, or reducing your waste can make a huge difference!
Skin care can be daunting, and expensive, so unless you like to get the biggest challenges done first, I don’t recommend starting there. That, and groceries are the hardest to conquer.
Start small, and do one area of your life at a time. Maybe this month if your kids get sick, you can buy a homeopathic cough medicine instead of a chemical one. Or maybe add a few small house plants to purify the air. When you see how much better natural works, it will inspire you to do more.
I won’t lie, some parts are unavoidably more expensive than their chemical counterparts. But it doesn’t have to break the bank either. And when you try to compare just dollar for dollar, remember: you can either choose to invest in your health now, or be forced to invest in your sickness in the future and be on multiple meds, constantly visiting the doctor. But rest assured, you will spend the money.
So what are my top 5 tips? Read on to find out.
1. Make a list of everything you want to do, and prioritize the order. Whether you want to start with bigger tasks or smaller tasks is completely up to you and your personality type. But set yourself a list.
Don’t buy everything
2. The beauty of going natural is that a lot of items can be DIY projects, and can be made at home. Things like household cleaners can be made easily from white vinegar and orange peels, to give an example. Don’t think you need a fancy label to make the change.
Look for areas to save money
3. As you switch, some things will save you money in the long run. Look for areas that you can change that will actually save money, that you can then put towards other items on your list. For instance, when we switched our medicines cabinet and started supporting our immune system, we got sick less and saved money on doctor expenses.
It takes most of us years
4. Don’t think you need to change it all overnight. Most of us have been on this journey for many years, some over decade. Most of us STILL have areas we need to change. Just start the journey.
Give yourself a break
5. If you make a mistake, choose a product that’s greenwashed, or don’t get there as fast as you’d like, give yourself break. You will make mistakes, and sometimes the toxins are unavoidable. The point is to just make the effort.
Soon I will be doing a blog on my top 5 favorite natural products, but until then, what is one area where you think you could change?