Because companies provide next-day shipping or deliver your favorite takeout with the click of a button on your smartphone, it can become really easy to get used to a really fast pace. However, when you think about your health and quality of life, it’s better to find a natural pace. In order to work on creating a more natural and holistic way of living, consider some of the ways you can get started.

1. Create self-sustaining systems

While you need to make sure you’re consuming tons of healthy fruits and vegetables each week, it’s important to consider the quality of the product you’re consuming. Unless you’re purchasing the organic options, you’ll expose your household to tons of pesticides and unhealthy toxins. Instead, build self-sustaining systems such as a garden. You can even create your own well that will produce water when you want it. As you grow your own products and provide your own water, you’ll become less reliant on grocery stores to provide food for your family.

2. Use natural cosmetics and toiletries

Whether you’re applying your favorite lipstick or slathering on the latest body lotion from your favorite mall brand, those products contain their fair share of toxins. Those toxins seep through your skin, and they hang out in your bloodstream. While you might not be ready to say goodbye to your favorite lipstick just yet, start with areas like your armpits by purchasing charcoal deodorant. While the research surrounding breast cancer and anti-perspirants is inconclusive, it’s better to play it safe and go the natural route. Read the ingredients in all of your favorite products. If you don’t recognize the ingredients, it’s time to get rid of them.

3. Decrease your carbon footprint

Though politicians might try to deny its detrimental impact, global warming is a very real issue. If each person would do their part to heal the globe, Mother Nature would be in much better shape. In order to live a more natural life, take a look at your carbon footprint. You don’t need to trade in your car immediately. However, when you’re ready to purchase a new car, think about getting an electric-powered option. In the meantime, purchase a bike. If your grocery store is close enough, consider riding your bike to the grocery store or to run other errands. You’ll save more on your weekly gas expenses. You’ll also release less toxic fumes into the air. When it pertains to your home, consider making the investment in solar panels to provide power for your home. The sun is such a powerful force of free energy. Why not use this natural resource to your benefit?

4. Make your own cleaning products

When it’s time to clean your home, it’s really important to use natural products. As you clean surfaces, clothes and carpets, you’re spraying and releasing tons of compounds into the air. A lot of the cleaning products on the shelves of your local grocery store contain toxins that can cause cancer and other diseases. Instead, make your own cleaning products. Just by purchasing natural ingredients like white vinegar, baking soda and fresh lemons, you can cut down grease tremendously. You can also add essential oils, alcohol and vodka to the list of products you use to maintain a clean home. With the right oils and acids, you can maintain a home that smells amazing as well.

5. Concoct your own medicines, tonics and remedies

There are tons of over-the-counter medicines you can purchase. However, if you really think about it, they don’t make a major difference when you’re sick. Instead, stock up on fresh items like herbs, garlic and lemons. Elderberries are becoming popular because of their ability to boost the immune system. Instead of waiting until you get sick to take medicine, use homemade tonics and remedies on a daily basis. An ounce of prevention is much better than a pound of cure.

Don’t try to overhaul your entire life in one week. Instead, make gradual changes. Tweak something new in your routine on a weekly basis. As you get used to the new pace, it’ll be easier to stick with it. The key is to make changes that will benefit you now and in the long run.

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Samantha Higgins

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