Eco Tip #12 Small house, big yard: How downsizing construction can increase your quality of life.
Did you know much about the benefits of Vitamin D before you had to spend most of your time inside?
With the modern world making it cheaper, easier, and normalizing that we spend most of our time indoors, we tend to forget a simple reality: It's scientifically proven that being outside is good for us.
And yet, somehow, we've kind of forgotten this.
It's easy to lose oneself in the frenzy of everyday life. And it's also easy to forget that, amidst the changes and dynamic restructuring of our world, the regular folk now has a greater power of deciding on their living standards.
So, as an exercise in thought, let's reflect: How would you rather live, considering that...
● ...being in the open air is proven to increase your energy levels?
● ...psychologists have found that exercising outside tends to feel easier and more productive?
● ...sunlight is linked to lower inflammation, better mood, and a healthier immune system?
● ...walks in the sun are proven to stimulate creativity?
The good news.
As we mentioned before, the good news is that spending more time outside is getting easier by the minute in today's world. Thanks to (total or partial) remote work, you can eliminate commuting time altogether. You can live further away from urban centers and have access to better opportunities when it comes to houses with yards and surrounding green areas.
Speaking about houses, the tiny home movement is also in your favour. Thanks to the improvement in construction materials, clever design, and smart devices, you can now make the most out of your buck living in a small space with all the comforts and amenities of constructions that triple its price. You can even do so wholly off-grid if you choose to do so.
Of course, while saving on your cost of living and limiting construction space, you can access areas where you can re-connect with nature, raise a family, and even improve your health by doing so.
The moral of the story? It's all in your hands now.
We can't provide you with a blueprint to re-invent your whole life in one article; no one can. However, if you take one thing out of reading this article, let that be the fact that, as you read this, there are many, all equally good options out there that you could take to improve your life.
We're lucky enough to be living at a turning point for eco-living, sustainability, and remote work... and that's definitely something to take advantage of!