How To Start Living A Natural Lifestyle: 9 Easy Changes To Make
Living a natural lifestyle means many different things, depending on who you ask. But at the core, those looking to start living a natural lifestyle want to create a better environment for their body, mind, and space. And often not just for them personally, but for the world around them as well.
It can seem overwhelming at times, partially because of the number of people and brands talking about being natural. If you're new around here, my goal is to turn healthy living into simple, balanced, and affordable actions. I believe that it is possible to create a space that works for you and brings you health and happiness regardless of where you are in life. And natural living can definitely play a part in this!
What It Means to "Live Naturally"
Living naturally can take many different forms, but there are some typical characteristics that come to mind. A natural lifestyle means choosing products with whole, non-synthetic ingredients, being mindful of the environment and waste production, connecting with nature, prioritizing sustainability, and things in this realm.
My favorite part is that it can be what you make of it. For me, its about feeling better physically, being mindful of the world around me, and finding calm and peace in life. You can be committed to living more natural without forcing yourself to NEVER have a single gram of added sugar ever again. Take it slow, add or subtract habits that are detrimental to your health, and treat it as a journey.
Benefits of Living a Natural Lifestyle
Everyone considers living life more naturally for their own reasons. But there are many well-known benefits of taking these steps.
Safer Products- If the food and products you use and consume contain chemicals, synthetic materials, or other harmful ingredients, they could be harmful to your health. Using more natural products can help you avoid irritation and support the earth.
Helps the Environment- Many actions of natural living decrease waste and pollution and contribute to a higher appreciation of the place we call home.
Peace and Mental Wellness- It might not be a cure all, but learning to spend time with nature, use less electronics, eat wholesome nutrition, and other features of natural living can help you relax and process life easier.
Simple Ways to Start Living a More Natural Lifestyle
Living life more naturally doesn't have to be complicated. Here are some simple, affordable ways to implement natural ideas into your everyday.
Eat More Whole Foods
Processed foods contain a lot of unnecessary ingredients that help preserve food for longer and make them taste better. But whole foods can taste great too and it doesn't have to take a lot of work in the kitchen! Buying fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables can make you feel more energized, get stronger, prevent breakouts, and help you be your best. Check out my Food And Drink category for simple ideas for eating more natural, whole foods.
Keep it simple, plan healthy meals ahead so you know which produce items to pick up at the grocery store. Or, use the bulk meal planning method and save fresh ingredients in the freezer for use when needed. Take it slower if you need! If you eat out 4 times a week, make it a goal to eat out only 2-3x a week and cook a simple recipe at home instead.
Upcycle and Minimize Garbage - Then Recycle
While recycling is undoubtedly a great thing, upcycling and minimizing the waste we create to begin with are much more sustainable and productive options. Upcycling means taking something you might consider throwing out, and making it "new" again or even turning it into something else entirely. This guarantees that its not entering the landfill (at least for now) and also prevents you from buying another item that will eventually be thrown out anyways. Recycling takes a lot of energy, still produces some pollution, and outputs lesser quality products.
There are thousands of creative Do-It-Yourself ideas that use the process of upcycling. Save some money, create less waste, and get creative! Its really a win-win.
Transition to a Clean Beauty Routine
There is more than one reason to transition to a clean beauty routine. Clean beauty lines typically use more sustainable practices in their production and packaging, limiting the environmental impact of this absolutely huge industry. They are safer for us to use and aren't tested on animals. You can expect less irritation, more comfort and to get beneficial nutrients from natural ingredients like jojoba, argan oil, lemon, apple, and more!
I've been trying out Mad Hippie's natural skincare line and am pleasantly surprised by the feel of the products. I have gotten very particular about my skincare recently and have had a lot of success with my routine. I used the face cream, vitamin C serum, and antioxidant facial oil before bed for awhile to test it out. My Mad Hippie review? They make me feel so smooth and hydrated. I wake up in the morning and rinse my face and can feel how smooth they made my skin overnight!
My Mad Hippie review should also include their natural concealer (I use shade 40). Not only did the coverage help even out my skin tone really well, but it went on so smooth, no caking. My skin is sensitive and feeling no irritation is really important to me when I create my natural makeup looks.
Use Less Plastic
This one is short, sweet, and nothing you didn't probably already know. Opt for more wood and glass in your homeware and packaging when possible. Glass use may come with some of its own set of issues as well, but it does not contain the toxic chemicals found in plastics. Its less often recycled, but its quality doesn't decrease continuously until it ends up in a landfill anyways (like plastic). Also, its really easy to upcycle!
Grow Your Own Plants
I know. This doesn't really sound like the simple tips I promised.. And you're right, it might not always be. But it can be! Growing a few of my own herbs this past year was almost tragically easy. I literally had to put no effort into it and they sprouted up ready for use. It was amazing. Cute and tasty! I plan to grow more plants in my home; all it takes is seeds, dirt, and something to grow in. Upcycled class jars are stylish and work really well!
You can grow herbs and smaller vegetables right in your home, porch, or yard. If you have more space you might be able to take more advantage of this tip. But, it is possible to do in smaller apartments.
Reconnect With Nature
Natural living involves being closer to nature, which to me, means taking time to be in natural habitats. Earthing (aka grounding), is a method of reconnecting with the earth that is thought to actually improve health through it's electrical charges. To "earth," you simply have to physically connect your body to the Earth.
No shoes, no socks, or else no electrical conductivity.
Grounding might be a natural method of restoring some of the bodies healing and immune processes. Whether you believe it or not, when was the last time you actually touched the Earth's surface? City livers- I'm looking at you!
An alarming number of activities take place indoors or behind a screen these days. We know that blue light is damaging to the eyes and that it can keep us awake through crucial hours of sleep. We know that the sun provides us happiness and essential nutrients. Easily create a more natural lifestyle by replacing some electronic time with outdoor time. Perhaps a walk or a picnic!
Use Natural Cleaning Products
Cleaning products obviously contain a lot of chemicals. There's a reason you should wear gloves when using stronger products! While they're powerful at cleaning, its worthwhile to think about their potential effect on our skin, surfaces, and air.
You can DIY your own cleaning products using natural ingredients to know exactly what you're putting into the bottle. Not only are they more natural, but you can save on plastic and money by reusing containers and making more with what you have at home.
It can be pretty easy, but its understandable if you don't have time to commit to making cleaning products when its something you can just grab at the store. Start by checking what's in cleaning products when you buy them and try to buy the ones with the best options inside. Popular and highly rated lines include Grove Collaborative, Mrs. Meyers, and Common Goods.
Eating local is actually a really influential habit of mindful living. Without thinking about it too much, I thought of it only as a way to support small businesses and boost local economy. While this is good too, its also part of living a natural lifestyle because local food production requires way less transportation pollution!
Also, if you simply visit your local farmer's market from time to time, you can pick out unprocessed, fresh products and take them right home to eat!
Planning is the key to....oh so much. You can plan long and short term goals, your daily schedule, your budget, the list goes on. How can planning be used as a method of living a natural lifestyle? If you plan ahead for what you need, you can drastically reduce your time, money, and waste production.
By no means does the transition to more natural living have to be overwhelming or confusing. Small, simple changes in your daily or weekly habits can have huge powerful impacts on your personal health, your friends and family, and the world. In what ways are you living more naturally? Has trying to live a natural lifestyle been beneficial for you? Or made you feel more mindful?