Environmental wellness: Taking care of your environment is good for you

A woman waters plants in her beautiful home.

Your environment affects how you feel. Want proof?

Picture yourself sitting in your home, freshly cleaned, everything in its place. Now, picture yourself in the same spot after several months of no cleaning and with clutter everywhere. (For some of us who have been social distancing for a while, that might be easy to imagine!)

Which triggers positive feelings? Which brings anxiety? What about a clean, sandy beach with rolling waves of clear water and fresh sea air versus a beach filled with dead fish and garbage under a haze of pollution?

“When thinking about your environmental wellness, you need to consider your surroundings, whether it’s your home, your community or the larger world,” said Dr. Keith Randolph, a fellow with Amway Global Discovery.

Your environment affects you

Your environment can influence how you behave and react to things, whether it’s the world as a whole or just your immediate surroundings.

You’re more likely to interact with others if you’re in a comfortable inviting environment, and that social interaction is good for your health. If a place is cold and inhospitable, you don’t want to stay long. Or if your internet connection makes your video call choppy and delayed, it will be a short call.

A man folds laundry in a bedroom. A wire laundry basket sits on the bed holding clothing and a bottle of Amway laundry detergent.

If your bedroom is clean and tidy, you’re more likely to want to keep it that way. If it’s cluttered with clothes, you may think: What’s one more shirt in the pile? If you’re walking on that pristine beach, you’re not likely to toss an empty wrapper on the ground. If it’s the littered beach, it’s easier to think your wrapper won’t make a difference.

Your environment and how you interact with it is also closely tied to your overall health and wellbeing, which makes it just as important as other aspects of wellness, such as physical, mental and dietary.

Here are some tips to improve your environmental wellness.

Be kind to the environment

Small changes add up! Look for ways to reduce, reuse and recycle. Opt for reusable water bottles rather than plastic. If your store allows, bring reusable bags for your groceries. If concerns over the coronavirus eliminate that option, say no to bags if you are able and unload your items from the cart directly into boxes or bags in your vehicle.

When you’re out for walks, keep a bag handy to pick up litter. Alternatively, dedicate one walk a week to the purpose, bringing a larger bag and wearing gloves so you can collect more.

Choose environmentally-sensitive cleaning products from companies taking steps to operate sustainably, including using concentrated products with refillable bottles.

Air and water

Make sure the air and water you and those around you breathe and drink is clean and safe. Look for ways to reduce pollution in your community. Consider air and water filters to ensure a clean environment in your home.

A woman and a man ride their bikes on a city street. Each is wearing a bike helmet.

Make smart choices

Wear a bike helmet, buckle that seatbelt, drive safely, check the smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in your home and avoid dangerous activities.

Eat right and exercise regularly. Make choices that will benefit you and others, not lead to harm.

Your environment includes people

Right now, face to face interaction with people is likely limited to close friends or family, but we are still interacting with others in different ways.

Consider those you interact with regularly and try to surround yourself with positive people who support you and your goals. That includes virtual interactions. If some connections on social media are not supportive, consider your options for reducing those interactions: muting, unfollowing, hiding or unfriending.

Alternatively, make sure you are a positive force in others’ environments by being courteous, kind and respectful. We could all use a little more of that right now.

It all goes back to the golden rule, treat others as you want to be treated! Looking for more healthy living tips? Check out other blogs at Amway Connections.

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