The Earth & I
Mental health awareness is here to stay
It is 2022 and yet, it sometimes feels as though we are living in an extension of 2020 when the majority of the world slowed down in response to the global pandemic. The COVID pandemic elicited unique challenges that forced many to confront personal or relational issues they may have avoided or suppressed. Coupled with social distancing, and a decrease in overall physical human interaction, it is no surprise that our society collectively acquired and endured a number of mental health issues.
As we enter our junior year of COVID, we are thankful for medical advancements that allowed us to resume a semblance of life pre-COVID. And while many people are returning to life as before, some are also bringing emotional and mental burdens with them.
Mental issues are sometimes hard to recognize as people have become very skilled in hiding their struggles (especially through the lens of social media); however, that is not to say that mental health issues are less important than physical illnesses.
According to a survey conducted by the APA, researchers found that “Gen Z adults and millennials are the most likely to report negative impacts on their relationships due to the coronavirus pandemic” and in 2020 they found that “Nearly 1 in 5 adults (19%) say their mental health is worse than it was at this time last year”.
Additionally with economic uncertainty, rising inflation, access to healthcare and a multitude of external factors many Americans today are facing stressors that negatively impact their mental wellbeing. According to data gathered by Mental Health America, “The percentage of adults with a mental illness who report unmet need for treatment has increased every year since 2011”.
In another survey conducted by the APA, researchers found that while there is larger willingness to discuss mental health issues, “A third of respondents (33%) agreed with the statement, "people with mental health disorders scare me," and 39% said they would view someone differently if they knew that person had a mental health disorder”. By shedding light on the importance of mental health resources, we believe this is a step towards de-stigmatization and ensuring that people get the help they need.
We’ve compiled a list of organizations that are actively working on destigmatizing resources for mental health.
- Child Mind Institute - provides support for children struggling with mental health or learning disabilities and their families
- Active Minds - organization with over 600 chapters focused on providing people ages 14-25 with mental health resources and education
- NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness, grassroots organization that educates and supports communities with mental health resources and advocates on a policy level to offer care and resources for people across the US
While it is important to take time off for physical ailments, we believe it is just as important to take time off for mental wellbeing. For this reason, we are also including a compilation of wellness practices that can aid in promoting mental wellbeing.
1. Being outside in nature - some scientists say that being in nature promotes mindfulness or gratitude
2. Physical activity - moving your body in any shape or form can help reduce anxiety or stress
3. Journaling - putting pen to paper can help visualize and clarify what you are feeling and can be therapeutic for some
Mental health is crucial to the overall wellbeing of individuals. Silence hurts all people, and we think that no one should suffer alone. While the solution to destigmatizing mental health does not happen overnight we are hopeful that bringing attention to this issue will influence positive change.
- Team Mediclo
We are officially in the middle of Spring and we could not be more excited. The weather (depending on where you are) is getting warmer, skies are sunny and life is blooming. We think it's the perfect excuse to get outdoors and explore our beautiful world.
One thing we always like to bring on our adventures is our Thermo 3D® Mediclo X MiiR water bottle. Not only does it have a leak free design but it is BPA free and fits comfortably in most cup holders. With a powder coat finish and thoughtful design, our water bottle can hold 16 oz of hot or cold liquid. It is the perfect accessory for stashing cold water or iced coffee on hot days and warmer beverages for cold nights. With our trusty water bottle we are able to stay hydrated while being active.
It’s no secret that single use water bottles are convenient, however, the many health and enviromental issues caused by plastic reminds us that we must do better. As a sustainable brand, we are always thinking of ways to help our community incorporate eco-friendly practices into their everyday routines. That’s why we collaborated with our friends at MiiR to create this product that's both useful and better for our world. Whatever you are doing, we hope you’ll be more inspired to take actions that make our world go green.
Here’s to all the moms, mamas, mother-in-laws and grandmas!
No matter what you call that special person in your life, we’re confident that you’re getting ready for this weekend's festivities and showing them how much you care. In honor of Mother’s Day we’ve rounded up some eco-friendly tips that will help you celebrate mom while being mindful of mother earth.
- Cards - If you are celebrating mom from afar, sending them an e-card saves on paper waste and time. If you’re opting for a physical card, we recommend using cards made from recycled materials and that can be recycled.
- Potted plants instead of flowers - Most bouquets and flowers usually end up in landfills after a few days, so to eliminate this waste, try gifting potted plants. They can double as decoration and will continue to flourish with proper care.
- Plan ahead - If you’re planning on sharing a meal at home, it’s a great idea to plan your menu and grocery list ahead of time to avoid over-purchasing and potentially wasting food and drinks.
- Reusable food containers - If you find yourself with leftovers after a gathering, package your food in reusable containers. This helps cut down waste and lets your guests leave with something to take home.
- Swapping single use plastic with sustainable alternatives - When gathering for a meal using cutlery and tableware you already own is most useful. However, if you are opting to use disposable items, consider swapping single use plastic with foodware made from bamboo, or other eco-friendly materials.
- Unconventional gifting - If you don’t know what to get mom, try gifting a service or activity. This is perfect for the moms that “don’t need anything” but wouldn’t mind indulging in a fun activity or day of pampering. Not only does this reflect thoughtfulness but also cuts down on unnecessary waste.
- Sustainable jewelry - Raw materials for fine jewelry are available in finite amounts and the process of sourcing these materials have a significant environmental and ethical cost. Consider supporting brands that practice fair trade, ethical practices, and responsible sourcing that lessen their impact on the planet and people.
- Sustainable starter kits - Give mom the gift that gives back. Curating a kit with sustainable swaps like reusable bottles, straws, and produce bags can introduce your mom to easy lifestyle swaps that are customized to them while giving back to Mother Earth.
- Gift wrapping - If you’re giving a physical gift, try swapping traditional gift wrap for gift bags you can reuse or use a reusable cloth. You can even adorn your package with twine and dried citrus ornament for an extra special touch.
We hope you were inspired to incorporate some of these tips into your mom’s special day.
Happy Mother’s Day
- Team Mediclo
Why should I care about Earth Day & Climate Change?
Caring for the ENVIRONMENT and PEOPLE can seemingly appear as two separate principles, however, they are strongly interconnected. No matter where you come from, it’s undeniable that you or someone you know has experienced hardship resulting from climate change. In the United States alone there have been record-breaking wildfires raging in the West, major storms and flooding in the South, drought in the Midwest, and extreme weather conditions that endanger vulnerable populations. That’s why we believe that caring for the planet ultimately means caring for people.
Earth Day & Climate Change
Chances are you’ve probably heard the phrases “Earth Day”, “climate change” or “global warming” through social media, the news, or maybe conversations amongst friends. But what is climate change, why is it important, and why should you care about Earth Day? These are all relevant questions that you may have as we are reaching a critical point in the climate crisis.
According to the UN, climate change refers to “the long-term shift in temperature and weather patterns” ("What is Climate Change?"). While it is natural for some shifts to occur, human activity has unnaturally expedited this process. One symptom of climate change is global warming in which the temperature of the planet gets warmer thus jeopardizing many ecosystems and forms of life. To combat the impending dangers of climate change, many people and organizations have come together to bring about change and prevent further damage to the earth. In 1970, one such group of American senators and student activists rallied to capitalize on the growing public awareness about pollution and environmental deterioration. Together they organized a large-scale teach-in event that brought national attention to environmental injustices which in turn created the first Earth Day. This marked the beginning of the push for environmental protections on the US national agenda. Since then, Earth Day has expanded to roughly 141 countries and mobilized more than 200 million people ("The History of Earth Day").
What can I do?
The climate crisis is a substantial issue that requires immediate and extensive action. At times, it may seem like there is little the average person can do, however, we want to challenge that perspective and inspire people to see that any change is still progress. In honor of Earth Month, we’re offering easy tips on how to incorporate earth-friendly practices into your everyday life.
Reusable Swaps - bottles, coffee cups, straws, grocery bags, produce bags…
Meatless Mondays (or any other day of the week) - Introducing meals without meat and plant-based foods into your diet offers great health benefits and helps reduce your overall carbon footprint. There are tons of delicious recipes to choose from that you may not have even thought of.
Repurpose Leftovers - Getting creative with leftovers can help divert food waste and can also be a means to save time and money.
Go Paperless - Many businesses and services are offering paperless options that make it easy to reduce paper waste.
Turn off appliances and lights when not in use
Turn off the tap when not in use - Don’t leave the water running when brushing your teeth, or washing your face, your water bill will thank you.
Living an environmentally conscious lifestyle can take many shapes and forms, whether you are hoping to reduce waste, your carbon footprint, or both, we hope you took away some helpful information to get started on your sustainable journey or continue it. Tackling climate change is a big task that can intimidate anyone; however, we believe that with collective effort and action we can all contribute to a healthier and greener future.
Happy Earth Month,
-United Nations. “What Is Climate Change?” United Nations,