Simple ways to live a more natural lifestyle

Learning to embrace a more natural lifestyle is as simple as getting back to the basics. In a crazy, very plugged in, fast paced, go-go-go world, it’s important to balance your life with as much nature, grounding and cultivating your offline passions as possible.
Slow down to enjoy the pace of simpler days.
Get in Touch With Your Earthy Side
This means getting outside! My favorite place to be.
Get your hands dirty.
Walk barefoot.
Plan a long hike or family hikes.
Go to farmers markets and spend an hour or more just picking out fresh foods and eating some there, if possible.
Plant some seeds
Have a picnic.
Go to a farm.
In order to really get in touch with nature, you have to get rid of the “unnatural” in your life, if even for only one afternoon a week.
Try unplugging and heading to the woods, a farm, a beach, or a mountain and just BEING. No books, no magazines – and of course nothing with an on/off button.The mental slowing down is a huge investment you make in yourself. You need to connect with Mother Nature as much as possible to stay grounded and at peace with yourself. It’s easy to say we don’t have the time to do this. But it’s truly amazing and restorative to spend quiet time immersed in nature.

I know I feel like a whole new person after a four-hour hike or a long walk on a quiet beach.

Change Your Food Habits

Try to buy those foods that walk, grew, or swam – instead of being created in a factory. The more whole foods we nourish our bodies with, the better we feel.

Eating organic, whole foods is the best way to go. Use organic spices too

Avoid pesticides, chemicals, dyes, and fake fats.

Just eat and prepare simple old-fashioned real wholesome goodness. Locally grown organic food is best. Hit up the farms and farmstands as much as you can.

Minimize the Artificial

This means everything from lighting (use more energy-efficient alternatives or keep windows open) to decorations to the candles you burn.

Try to bring as much of the outdoors IN as you can.

Decorate with real flowers, plants, shells, wood, rocks, driftwood, etc.

Paint with a natural palette of colors – earth tones and jewel tones look beautiful together and are soothing to the eye.

Cut back on the plastics,  the electronics, air-conditioning  and excess lights.

Keep windows open as much as possible for fresh air.

Try journaling your feelings as a daily or weekly habit

Get Creative
Pursuing offline passions in your spare time, especially ones that are are physical or involve the arts, will balance your mental, physical and spiritual sides – and keep your body in holistic harmony.
Unleash your creative side by dancing, doing yoga, painting, writing, drawing, photography or whatever makes you feel wildly passionate and happy. Helping others, volunteering, playing with pets, climbing trees, who knows that brings you joy better than you. But the key is to do it regularly.

Do the things that bring you peace, happiness and contentment. The things that stir your fire inside and make you glow!

The happier we are inside, the more joy and love we radiate to others and the more aware we are of the earth around us.

The more natural lifestyle we seek to live is within reach by making small daily changes.

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