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Environmental Wellness

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Did you know that your overall well-being is closely tied to the health of your environment? The environment can have a huge impact on the way we feel overall. I think we take much of this for granted and simply may say “oh, it’s a nice day today.”

It’s important to have an awareness of the Earth’s natural resources and their limits. It’s important to realize the effects of your daily habits on the world around you to live an accountable life. What practices can you embrace for environmental wellness?

When I was recently on vacation; walking was easier than jumping in and out of taxis. Sure, it was more time consuming but walking whenever possible is a good environmental practice that also benefits wellness. While many of our cities don’t encourage active living, you can seek out walking and biking paths and even meditation gardens with a little effort.

Living in harmony with the environment may take some effort but can quickly become routine.  

Recycling and reducing waste. From sharing your magazines by taking them to your office, hospital, hair salon or senior living community, to bringing your own bags when you grocery shop; there are many small ways to reduce waste.

It’s important to educate yourself on environment issues. Reading a daily newspaper or listening to news talk radio, helps people stay informed on environmental concerns.

Use reusable water bottles. Certainly it’s easier to grab a bottle when going to the gym or for a walk but reusable is so much better for the environment. If you must buy them, refill and reuse them. Now even Ball canning jars are fashionable as people pack their lunch salad in a jar and can recycle the jars rather than use plastic containers.

When possible, eat local. Take advantage of, and support local farmers’ markets and restaurants that buy and serve local foods. Local foods have more nutrients due to being consumed closer to where they are harvested. Eating local foods also saves a lot of pollution caused by transportation.

Turn it off. Whether it’s a faucet while you’re brushing your teeth or the TV when you leave the room…doing these small things will save a lot of water and energy.

Stop junk mail. Removing yourself from any unnecessary mailing lists for catalogs will certainly save trees as well as recycling the ones you do receive.

Enjoy, appreciate and spend time outside in natural settings as often as possible. My 88 years young mother has discovered the joys of taking her dog Daisy to the local dog park. Not only is this good for her dog; this time outdoors helps her appreciate nature and the environment.

We owe it to ourselves, our families, future generations and the earth to be good stewards of our resources.

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