With the hassles of our daily lives, it is often difficult to stop and smell the roses. When rushing from one place to another, we may miss the beauty around us. With so much going on in our personal lives, we need to be reminded to practice self-care, and take a break. This Tuesday, April 22nd, take a break from the hustle and bustle and enjoy your surroundings. April 22nd is universally known as Earth Day, the one day out of the year that we are reminded to honor the environment and pledge to respect our Earth.
This Earth Day, take a moment to enjoy what nature has provided. Throughout the country, many individuals choose to participate in community wide Earth Day events; here are some ways how you can celebrate the Earth in your own home.
Use power minimally:
Allow the sun’s natural light to enter the home and light up your surroundings.
Utilize nature’s natural dryer and hang clothing outside to dry.
Unplug electronic devices that are not in use.
Prepare a fresh local meal:
Check out your local farmer’s market and support local agriculture. Click here to find one near you!
Try to avoid the oven – prepare a fresh dish from your findings at the market.
Plant a tree, or flowers for your home. Trees, shrubs, and grass all help to eliminate carbon dioxide from the air.
Ask your local gardening center for tips on low maintenance plants and the best plant for your area.
Reduce, Reuse and Recycle:
Learn about your community’s recycling program. Many cities offer programs to encourage recycling!
What activities do you have planned to celebrate our earth?
Earth Day is an event that occurs every year to promote and encourage environmental awareness and protection. It is a day to appreciate and conserve energy for our environment for future generations. On Earth Day you can get involved in the world’s efforts to protect the environment, just by making a few changes in your daily routine…
Here are some ways in which you can help conserve energy, not only for the environment but for yourself too!
For the Environment:
Turn off the lights! If you’re leaving the house, shut the lights off, this will help conserve power and energy and it will reduce your energy bills, too!
Don’t leave the water running in the sink when it’s not being used
Remember to recycle!
Keep your refrigerator/freezer doors closed to conserve power, especially when putting groceries away
Walk or ride somewhere…If you’re able, walk or ride a bike/other device to the day’s destination instead of driving your car; this can help reduce air pollution
Volunteer! Join the community to plant trees, flowers, or to recycle and help raise awareness for the environment!
Conserve your energy! Because fatigue is very common amongst those with MS, try to save your errands/activities for parts of the day when you have the most energy. For more information/tips on energy conservation, see the MSAA MSi Online Video Energy Conservation and MS at:http://mymsaa.org/manage-your-ms/videos/staying-one-step-ahead-4/
Stay cool! Summer is almost upon us, so staying cool can help you conserve energy and help you perform the day’s tasks. Consider the MSAA Cooling Equipment Distribution Program to help you stay cool this summer, http://mymsaa.org/msaa-help/cooling/
Enjoy the environment… Getting outside to garden or partaking in volunteer opportunities can help you enjoy what the earth has to offer and acts as a way for you to get involved in a meaningful activity!