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Ways to improve your environmental health

Environmental health is an important part of having optimal overall health.

I have talked about focusing on whole health which means that your peak health comes from balancing the physical, mental, environmental, spiritual, and social parts of your life. I find that the environmental health component is something that isn’t always on top of mind for people, myself included.

To optimize whole health, you need to be in harmony with your environment, which means you’re not harming it, and it’s not harming you.

Here are some tips to improve your environmental health, regardless of where you live. You can try to use as some of these in your workplace if allowed.

Go outside

Indoor air can be up to 100 times more polluted than outdoor air so try to get outside to breathe in fresh air as much as possible.

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Let in some fresh air

Whenever possible, open up your window(s) to let in some air. Even during winter months, it’s a good idea to open them up for short periods of time. I’ve tried it because my place gets so dry and stuffy. Granted, some winter days it’s much harder, so I’ll only do it for about five-10 minutes at a time.

Keep plants

Plants produce oxygen and can make a difference to improved breathing indoors.

Flee from technology

I don’t like labels, but I’d have to call myself a tech junkie. I’m attached to my phone and laptop a lot for work. Frequently move away from your computer, TV, phone, tablet or gaming system. Leave them behind every hour, move around, stretch and take that time to open a window or step outside and get some fresh air.

Clean your floors regularly

Make sure your floors, particularly carpets and rugs, are cleaned with non-toxic cleaners to prevent the buildup of mold and bacteria.

Improve the ventilation

You can help improve your air circulation by opening up doors and windows periodically. For example, try sleeping with your bedroom door open, even if it’s just slightly ajar.

33 Comments

  1. Thank you for sharing it.

  2. Abby (my fab dog) and I take a walk every morning around sunrise. It feels so good to breathe in the early morning air, it prepares me for the rest of my day!

  3. Studies show that even a short contact with nature can significantly reduce stress, reduce anger and fear, and increase pleasant feelings. So if you have views of trees or other plants or natural elements, place a comfortable chair where you can enjoy them. You can also add indoor plants, aquariums, or art with a nature theme and get much of the same effect.

  4. Perfect timing with this post, especially for us here in Georgia! Not only do we circulate fresh air through the home, but we also save on our energy bills, leaving less of an environmental footprint in the process. Great Post!
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  5. Such a nice post. I think the best way to live is to live connected with nature. We r those who get their energy from the rising sun, or the flowers on backyard, or a loan garden it autumn. Natural is the greatest blessing we will ever have.

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      Thank you very much and thank you for your comment. Wonderful words

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      Thank you!

  6. If I’m blessed with a backyard or pool (which I am right now) I’ll go lay out for an hour in the sun on my lunch break the days I work from home. Or take a walk around the river. It’s so important to me that I live in a place where these things are close by!

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      That is a blessing!! You have a great way to make sure you take care of your environmental health! I still have some work to do!!

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      Thanks so much! I really appreciate it


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      Thanks so much for sharing!

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      Me too 🙂

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      Thanks for your comment!

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      Thanks so much for your comment! It really is something that needs to be put on the front burner

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      Thank you!

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      Thanks so much for your comment!

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      Thank you very much!

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      Much appreciated! Thanks for your comment!

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      Thank you very much!

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