Self-sustainability is a fascinating and compelling movement that’s gaining ground with each passing year. More and more, folks are turning to the idea that they don’t need to rely on established structures to provide them with food, energy, and shelter; rather, they can supply these things themselves, thus reducing their dependence on food sources they don’t trust. While you may not be particularly interested in going fully self-sufficient, we can all learn something from this movement. Here are ten things you can learn from self-sustainability.
- Grow your own food
Whether or not you’re planning on becoming completely self-sustainable, growing your own food is still an excellent idea. By growing your own food, you can be completely certain of where your ingredients are coming from, and each meal prepared with ingredients you’ve lovingly grown yourself will taste all the sweeter for it. If you’re going to do this, you need to either build or source a high-quality large greenhouse. This will ensure your fruits and vegetables can grow all year long.
- Know your personality type
In order to live a healthy, self-sustainable life, it’s helpful to know what kind of person you are. That lesson applies outside of the self-sustainable movement, too. Are you the sort of person who’s quick to anger? Do you like to consult your tarot cards to know what the day ahead will bring? Are you a no-nonsense type who likes to just press on no matter what obstructions you meet? Knowing these things can seriously help you to live your life day-to-day.
- Live frugally
It’s official: everyone should be saving more money. Many of us fritter away valuable cash on things we don’t actually need on a daily basis. We should be saving that money and making sure it’s accessible should an emergency occur. To that end, you could pursue living frugally. Try swapping expensive brands for supermarket alternatives, walking instead of driving, and passing on that night out every other week. You’d be amazed how quickly you start to save!
- Eat seasonally
While this isn’t a money-saving tip, it’s a great way to support local businesses and farms. If you eat seasonally, you’ll be able to buy your produce not from massive supermarkets but from local growers. The time it takes for produce to reach your plate from its source will reduce drastically, meaning you’re buying higher-quality ingredients that haven’t been tampered with to the same degree. You’ll also learn to savor each meal more knowing that you can’t simply eat it whenever you want.
- Start your own business
The age of employee life is over. We’re now entering a time when more people than ever are self-employed, so why not join them? Have you had an idea for a business that’s been bubbling over for many years, but you’ve just never been able to realize it? Why not start thinking about actualizing that idea now? Starting a business might actually be easier than you think. All you need is a dream, a plan, and a little luck. It might be the best decision you’ve ever made!
- Drop your tech reliance
There’s a very prevalent idea right now that technology may be doing us more harm than good. While there’s no doubt that some tech is good for us – tech that helps those with disabilities, for example – it’s probably a good idea for most of us to ditch our reliance on technology for happiness. Self-sustainable people often don’t chase the latest gadgets, fashion trends, or technological innovations. We could all learn something from their example.
- Try to pay off debt
Obviously, paying off debt is good life advice in general, but it’s specifically good advice when it comes to self-sustainability. The worst thing a self-sustainable person can do is to live in debt; you’re not truly beholden only to yourself if you’re still carrying debts from the outside world. Even if your debts are really getting you down, you should still begin the process of paying them off to the best of your ability. It’s also a good idea to seek financial help if your debts are feeling insurmountable.
- Be honest about long-term plans
When you reach a certain age, the feasibility of long-term projects becomes a much less certain prospect than when you’re young. Don’t start planning extensive DIY projects when you’re in your sixties or seventies; self-sustainable people know their limits and work within them to achieve a lifestyle that makes sense for them. Being realistic with yourself isn’t always fun and it can be pretty painful, but an honest lifestyle is far more rewarding than one lived entirely through fantasy.
- Get involved in your community
Building community spirit isn’t easy, but a strong sense of community means you’ll always have a safety net to rely on if things get tough. Self-sustainable living can be very hard indeed; it’s a long-term commitment, and sometimes you’re going to doubt yourself. We could all learn a lesson of having people around us for the tough times and the smooth sailing. Everyone needs friends around them, so why not draw from an immediate source for your friends?
- Exercise more
With all the free time you’ve created after ditching technology, you’re probably wondering what you can do to keep yourself entertained. Why not start pursuing a healthy exercise routine? Everyone can exercise, regardless of body type or any other variable; your program will vary, of course, but there’s no excuse not to get up and get moving. If you’re still tech-reliant, you can take some headphones and listen to a podcast or some music while you run or just go for a walk.
- Ask for help
While this is related to creating a sense of community, they’re not necessarily the same thing. You should never be too proud to ask those around you – friends, family, and neighbours – for help with tasks you can’t complete on your own. We’re pack animals, and we function best when we’re part of a tribe that helps each other out. If it will help you complete your task faster, more efficiently, or more satisfactorily, then you should never be afraid to ask for outside aid!