I've always seen a positive correlation between my mental well-being and my efforts to reduce my plastic waste. Whenever I do things that I know are benefiting the environment, I feel much better about where our world might be heading, and about myself too. Here are some examples that better explain how reducing the amount of waste I produce, makes me feel better.
1. Living lower waste clears out your home. Now that I am trying my best to buy less plastic and ultimately less of everything useless, the spaces of my home feel much less crowded and cluttered. Personally, I think crowded and cluttered=stressed and overwhelmed.
I definitely used to get sucked into every form of marketing and would purchase something primarily because I liked the way it looked, regardless of how wasteful it will be at the end of its life. A few examples of this might be: purchasing many different plastic bottles of lotions and any hygiene products that look nice and might smell good but they just end up cluttering my bathroom. Another space that ofter ends up cluttered are those cupboards under the kitchen sink that overflow with plastic bottles of random, decaying, cleaning products that we all tend to buy more and more of... These are both very fixable situations with very viable solutions!
At the end of the day, we all know how hard it is to keep your space clean and clutter free, but we also know how good it feels to relax in a space that isn't overwhelmed with unnecessary items. Reducing your lifestyle right down to the basics tends to clear the mind just as much as the space, and reminds us of what is truly important in life and what brings us the most joy.
2. Getting outdoors and cleaning up! This one has less to do with how much plastic you use and more to do with doing a good deed and getting outside. Every time I have participated in a group beach cleanup or any kind of outdoor cleanup, I always feel so inspired and happy at the end of the day. Surrounding yourself with like-minded people is already a step towards feeling better. Getting outside and breathing some fresh air, while doing a good thing for our planet and surrounding yourself with good people... there really is no better combination for happiness!