The importance of our environmental wellbeing
Environmental wellbeing refers to how we interact and respond to the natural world. By interacting positively with nature, we experience feelings of gratitude and admiration. These feelings help us live a better life and encourage us to protect the planet. Here at Bon+Berg we wanted to share the importance of environmental wellbeing and highlight just how significant it is in our everyday lives.
How does wellness relate to sustainability?
The health and wellbeing of the earth and its inhabitants are mutually exclusive; people and nature need to work in harmony for the benefit of each other. As our carbon footprint increases, our planet moves towards irreversible damage and destruction. And when the planet is in danger, so too are the people who live there. When our eco-systems are endangered or are suffering we too will begin to feel the impact. By caring for the environment, we are helping to preserve it for future generations.
Less material, more meaningful
Rather than spending our time, money and energy on material things, environmental wellness encourages us to experience life and invest our time more wisely. By removing the desire to own material things, we are free to live a minimalist lifestyle. Minimalism allows us to prioritise the things that matter most. Having this outlook reminds us that we don't need items to make us happy. Instead, we invest our energy in nature and our relationships with others. Not only does this have a positive impact on your mental wellbeing, but it is an important step towards a greener future.
There are a number of ways we can protect the planet, care for others and help find a way to live mindfully alongside nature.
Stay up to date on environmental issues and news
Staying up to date with environmental issues might seem counterproductive for our mental wellbeing. However, understanding what's happening in the world provokes us to make tangible change and fight for the future generations. Making ourselves aware of the current climate crisis is our responsibility.
Make mindful clothing choices
Rather than engaging with fast fashion, start getting creative with your clothes. Educate yourself on the lifespan of each piece you own and consider where it could potentially end up once you are finished with it. This will allow you to develop a more meaningful connection with your wardrobe and ensure you always consider each purchase carefully.
Choose chemical free cleaning products for your home
Generic household cleaning products can be full of chemicals and can cause irreversible pollution to our streams and waterways. Next time you're purchasing new cleaning supplies, try to buy natural, toxic-free products. Rather than exposing your loved ones and the environment to dangerous chemicals, you can make more mindful choices and reduce the impact you have on the planet.
Leave no trace
Take a look at how your actions and lifestyle affect the environment. Are you recycling as much as you can or are over consuming waste and single use plastics? Ensuring that you leave no trace on the planet can help you to make positive decisions. These decisions will allow you to feel good about your existence and improve your environmental wellbeing.
Our environmental wellbeing is the key to looking after the planet, protecting humanity and living a happy life. By making small changes to our everyday lifestyle, we can reconnect with nature and appreciate how important it is. This appreciation allows us to adapt and consider the impact our actions really have.
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