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I love the buzz of the festive season - the socialising, the onset of summer weather, the palpable pre-holiday excitement. But there are a few things that the festive season brings that I’m not such a fan of.
There’s the slightly frenzied and overwhelmed mood, the crazy spike in spending, consumption, and waste, the traffic jams… It’s not that great for our own wellbeing, or the wellbeing of the planet.
The awesome news is that there are some simple things we can do to make the festive season a bit lighter. Easy changes that free up time, energy, and impact and reconnect us with the stuff that really matters.
Yep it’s as simple as that. So often we’re rolling on autopilot. We do things because we always have, we feel like we should or maybe everyone around us is doing it. Taking a conscious moment can be an amazing way to reconnect with what’s really important.
Maybe the list of presents doesn’t need to be quite so long, maybe we don’t need the last minute, late-night supermarket trip, or maybe we don’t need to update the Christmas decorations this year.
I know my kids would rather we went for a bike ride or watched a Christmas movie together rather than sitting in a queue for a car park at the mall.
I get it - gift giving can be a tricky one to navigate. Having conversations is the best way to find a way to make things work for everyone, and here are a few ideas to get you started:
Every year at Christmas, the watercooler chat is all about how much longer the queues at the supermarket are. We seem to be constantly buying more - but the crazy irony is that the festive season also sees a massive spike in food waste.
When we’re out of our normal routine it’s easy to let our habits relax. Don’t get me wrong, there are some habits I love relaxing over the holiday period, but there are some that are super easy to keep up that are lighter on the planet.
A lighter festive season doesn’t need to be a big deal, it’s about rolling with the changes that work for you. It’s about the power of small shifts that have a big impact for us and the planet.
Nic Turner is a founder and behaviour changer at Mainstream Green. She is on a mission to make sustainability easy, normal and feel good. Her book "Living Lightly: The Busy Person's Guide to Mindful Consumption" is released in NZ on 6th Jan 2021, at all good bookstores.