Maggie is a holistic mental wellness coach, aromatherapist and creativity mentor based in Berlin
Do you have an easy tip to live more sustainably?
We can start with the obvious, consuming less, sharing more, and leaning towards gratitude. Keep it simple, and be mindful of how your purchases or actions affect your community and the planet. Also try to get to know your neighbours, maybe they have a community garden, or you can start one up to grow your own veggies or flowers.
What does conscious consumption look like in your daily life?
I buy locally, I prioritize black & brown owed businesses and other marginalized groups that may be hit even harder during this covid19 time. As well as only buying things that add real long lasting value to my life, actually, since covid19 other than essential oils, I have only purchased food, hygiene or health products. Oh, and I bought some bruised flowers from the supermarket one late night to save them from the dustbin. I’m not a big shopper.
We care about adding something better. What do you add to your life to make it better?
I think one of the most used words in 2020 was anxiety and gratitude. I find that living with gratitude for the simplest of things, and being aware that death is waiting for us all, and not something that is just going to happen to the sick keeps me in check, and very appreciative of each day. Also embracing uncertainty, as there is only one certainty in life.
Having an understanding that anxiety is a natural human condition allows me to keep a healthy approach to my stress and permit myself to go through anxiety without thinking something is wrong with me which needs treatments, anxiety can be your mind sending you a signal that something in your environment needs changing! Anxiety is a symptom, not a diagnosis, disease, or disorder. That is why I hold space for calming and soothing the mind through flower therapy.
But I guess to answer the question I add, time with friends and family, time for learning, and laughter I add time for self-development exercises to improve my skills as a holistic mental health coach. I now study for one hour every day. And of course, use my essential oils daily and spend time in my sustainable dried flowers studio to slow down my thinking and tap into my inner child for creativity.