Environmental wellness

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Environmental wellness

Environmental wellness is having good health by occupying pleasant, stimulating environments that support well-being. It promotes interaction with nature and also creating an enjoyable personal environment (both in and out of your workspace).

Environmental wellness is also a process that involves learning about and contributing to the health of the planet. This involves establishing a sustainable lifestyle, protecting natural resources, and eliminating pollutants and excessive waste.  Environmental wellness also includes having respect for and awareness of your surroundings and playing an active role in your community. Environmental wellness encompasses not just our relationship with the planet and nature but our relationship with our personal surroundings as well.  When our personal surroundings are well cared for, clean and organized, we experience a greater sense of comfort and less anxiety.  Being environmentally well enhances your personal health, and helps ensure the future health of our communities and the world.

Other signs of environmental wellness

  • Being aware of the impact of your decisions on the environment
  • Working with your community to make improvements
  • Caring for the environment by following the four R’s (reduce, re-use, re-think, recycle)
  • Being aware of risks in various settings (i.e. going out at night, travelling to new places)
  • Leading a lifestyle that is respectful of and in harmony with your environment
  • Recognizing the need to keep a healthy personal environment.

Ways to enhance environmental wellness

  • Protect yourself and others from environmental hazards such as noise, air and water pollution, second hand smoke, ultraviolet radiation
  • Walk or ride your bike (weather permitting) whenever possible
  • Recycle and reduce waste
  • Conserve energy by using energy efficient light bulbs and appliances
  • Print less. Try reading online or sharing reading materials with classmates
  • Eat locally produced food
  • Visit local farmers markets in London
  • Save water. Turn off the water when brushing your teeth, shaving, or scrubbing the dishes
  • Use a reusable coffee cup, water bottle and lunch container
  • Unplug and turn off electronics and turn down the heat at home, school and work
  • Purchase products in bulk when possible to reduce packaging waste
  • Use reusable bags or paper bags when shopping
  • Use toxic free cleaning materials and personal care products
  • Join an environmental organization
  • Educate yourself on environmental issues