In a world where our every action has an impact on the delicate balance of our planet, the daily choices we make hold unparalleled significance. Sustainability isn't merely a buzzword; it's a guiding principle that can shape not only the health of our environment but also the very essence of our wellbeing. As so, it has become increasingly evident that the wellbeing of the planet is intrinsically linked to our personal wellbeing. Sustainable living refers to your choices, behaviours and lifestyle that minimises the degradation of our environment. Let’s dive in deeper to the myriad of ways sustainable choices can impact your wellbeing.
Do you know sustainable living can improve your physical as well as your mental wellbeing?
By choosing eco-friendly products that are natural and non-toxic, we reduce our exposure to harmful toxins lowering our risk of developing allergies, respiratory issues and even cancer (1). Adopting sustainable living practices such as walking or cycling instead of relying on personal vehicles for transportation can contribute to increased levels of physical activity, which in turn improves cardiovascular health as well as help individuals to maintain a healthy weight.
Sustainable living often incorporates spending a lot of time outdoors surrounded by nature. Connecting with nature and appreciating our surroundings has been linked to the release of mood enhancing hormones such as endorphins and dopamine which help in reducing stress levels and enhancing mental wellbeing (1).
Other than enhancing your physical and mental wellbeing, sustainable living is great for your pocket too. Installing energy efficient appliances in your home or adopting smart home technologies can result in significant cost savings on utility bills overtime. Some sources claim this amount can add up to $7,000 yearly!!!
Here are some simple tips to help you make more sustainable choices for your wellbeing:
Avoid single use items
Practice Mindful Consumption
Eat Sustainable Foods
Practise Sustainable Transportation
Switch to Eco-friendly products
In conclusion, sustainable living and minimising environmental degradation, has profound effects on physical and mental health. Choosing eco-friendly products reduces exposure to harmful toxins, enhancing overall wellbeing.
Sustainable practices like outdoor activities in nature release mood-enhancing hormones, reducing stress. Additionally, sustainable living benefits your pocket by saving on utility bills, promoting cost-effective choices.
Simple tips include avoiding single-use items, practising mindful consumption, opting for sustainable foods, using eco-friendly transportation, and choosing eco-conscious products. Embracing sustainability aligns personal wellbeing with the health of our planet, creating a harmonious and balanced lifestyle.
About the author
Amrita Kaur is a health and wellbeing intern at Actxa Wellness. She is currently pursuing her Master of Public Health from Griffith university and is passionate about educating people on how they can improve their Health.
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