You may not think about the environment as being part of an overall wellness plan, but our environment and how we feel about it can have a huge impact on the way we feel overall.
Minimizing the negative impact of our behavior on the environment is a large part of environmental wellness.
When we understand the impact of our interactions with nature and our personal environment, and act to protect the world around us and ourselves from environmental harm, we move forward to living in harmony with the Earth.
Leading a lifestyle that is respectful to our environment and minimizes any harm done to it is a critical part of environmental wellness. Examples of environmental threats include air pollution, the ultraviolet radiation in sunlight, chemicals, noise, water pollution, and second-hand smoke.
Environmental wellness involves a number of different aspects of personal and societal responsibilities, including:
- Being aware of the earth's natural resources and their respective limits
- Living a life accountable to environmental needs, both in the present and in the long-term
- Realizing the effects of their daily habits on the world around them
- An environmentally well person will also recognize the need to keep a healthy personal environment.
A healthy personal environment includes:
- An enjoyment of available recreational opportunities
- Engaging in environmentally responsible activities
- Maximizing personal harmony with the earth, while minimizing harm to it
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