Think of the environment as concentric rings starting with your home and workplace and widening out to your neighborhood, your region, the entire planet.  At each level, environmental factors impact human health.  At each level, we impact the environment with our choices and actions. This not only includes the quality of the air and water, but also the quality of our relationship with nature. 

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Tips for Your Personal Space

  • Test your home for carbon monoxide, radon, mold, and lead.
  • Filter your water and use reusable water bottles.
  • Don’t allow smoke in your home.
  • Avoid storing food and water in plastic containers.
  • Use green cleaning products.
  • Use “safer” lawn and garden chemicals.
  • Minimize loud noises in your home.
  • Declutter your home spaces.

Tips for Engaging with Nature

  • Spend time outdoors.
  • Exercise outside.
  • Limit your electronic devices screen time.
  • Incorporate elements of nature in your home or office, such as green plants.
  • Welcome animals into your life either pets or wildlife.
  • Use nature videos, pictures, and sounds to reduce stress.

Tips for Supporting Our Global Environment

  • Use green cleaning products.
  • Walk, bike, carpool or use public transportation.
  • Buy recycled paper products.
  • Volunteer in your community.
  • Conserve electricity, for example, turn off lights when you leave the room.
  • Purchase local produce and meat.
  • Recycle cans, paper, and plastic.
  • Consider the working conditions of the factories and plants that manufacture the products you buy.

These tips were provided by the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality & Healing. For more tips and information about wellbeing and the environment visit their Taking Charge of Your Health & Wellbeing website.