Conscious consumption is not only about shopping but about being mentally present within your surroundings, and for me that starts with kicking off my day right. After, hopefully, a good night’s sleep its so important for me to use that rested freshness to wake up and start my day well. From little morning rituals like waking up with a radio alarm to making the bed as soon as we are out of it, routine plays a huge role in programming our bodies to function efficiently. And embracing these necessary tasks, while adding some pleasurable ones in the mix too, really helps set my day up to be mindful and wholesome.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY PRIYANCA PATEL
DATE 9TH APRIL 2021
I’m more of a tea person than a coffee one. But for that extra kick on low-energy mornings un petit cafè goes a long way! Taking a mindful moment to enjoy making your morning drink, be it a tea, coffee, a smoothie or fresh glass of orange juice, provides you the chance to be grateful for it. Simple necessities like food and drink are so often subconsciously consumed and taken for granted. By spending a second thinking about so many out there who don’t have many of life’s essentials, it makes even the simplest of morning beverages more precious and enjoyable. It also just makes me super grateful for all that I have and have the chance to have.
I am an early bird – early to rise and early to bed. So for me, that means I have a little extra time in the morning to squeeze in a little french practice. Or to complete my cooking for the day. Creating deliberate and allocated time for tasks such as these make them less of a chore and more of a pleasure; not to mention feeling super organised / proactive for the rest of the day! It also takes away from the pressure of knowing you have to cook/study at some point and squeezing it into a working day.
CREATING SPECIAL MOMENTS, CONSCIOUSLY
“I love taking deliberate little breaks in my day to do something I derive true pleasure from. And allocating these moments in my workday means I can truly enjoy them, uninterrupted; savouring the gratitude I have for them”
Creating spaces in my home I can consciously consume is so important to me. Especially at a time when we are all at home more. Be it little things like fresh flowers to wake up to each day or lighting an evening candle to relax by, acts like this have a physiological impact on our senses that can awaken us from mindlessly getting on with our day to consciously taking in the beautiful sights and smells surrounding us. For me, a decluttered and well presented space declutters my mind and opens it to be able to consciously consume. It really is the small things that can make a big difference