With a global pandemic still causing a fair share of commotion, we must continue to keep a careful eye on our health. The sickness itself, along with feelings of isolation, can cause us both physical and mental pain, and the proper precautions must be taken to stop these ailments in their tracks.
While humans need to stay healthy and strong, the same goes for the planet earth. Dangerous carbon emissions and the waste produced by humans continue to harm our environment. If you care about your health and the environment, then you may be surprised to learn that you can improve both at the same time! Below we will talk about how to take care of yourself and our planet simultaneously.
Help Nature While Nature Helps You
If you are looking to get fit, then you need to get outside. Not only will doing so provide plenty of physical activities in which to engage, but scientists are starting to see that nature can also help improve our mental health. It is the greenery and peace found in nature that puts us at ease, and even though we have turned into an industrial nation, there will always be a part of us that is connected to nature.
There are many exciting activities that you can experience while out in nature. Even a weekend of camping will provide plenty of exercise via fun hikes, rock climbing, and fishing or swimming in the lake. While you are improving yourself, you are also keeping the environment safe since you are not creating any vehicle emissions or dangerous pollution of any kind.
You can also directly help our planet while exercising by going plogging. This is a growing trend that combines jogging with picking up garbage and recyclable materials along the trail. This activity is a great way to combine all of your passions into one event, and by keeping the soil garbage-free, you allow natural plant life to thrive.
If you are feeling mentally drained for any reason, whether it be from the pandemic, feelings of helplessness over climate change, or any other aspect of life, then the best idea may be to look into animal-assisted therapy. It has been found that the companionship provided by dogs can reduce anxiety and prevent depression. On top of that, by playing with your pet outside, you can get the exercise you need.
While owning a pet will require you to purchase more products, by being smart about what you buy and how you harness your resources, you can raise a pet while causing very little damage to the environment. You can start by purchasing toys and leashes made out of environmentally friendly products.
When it comes to nourishment, you can buy organic dog food or even make food yourself at home. If your dog doesn’t finish all of the water in its bowl, take it outside and use it to water a plant instead of pouring it down the drain. When you think about every action that you take, you will be amazed at all the new ways that you can live a fulfilling life and protect the environment in one fell swoop.
Cut Down On Vehicle Emissions
Dangerous vehicle emissions are another major threat to our environment. Even a single vehicle produces 4.6 tons of dangerous carbon monoxide every year. Needless to say, by limiting how much you drive, you could be doing a major service for our planet.
On the exercise side of things, you can burn a ton of calories by choosing to walk or ride your bike to work instead of driving. You can also save money by growing your own garden in the backyard that will give you many of the essential and healthy vegetables that you need to thrive. Gardening is great for our mental health and the labor involved is good for our bodies.
We can also cut down on emissions by changing how we think about medical care. Medical establishments can provide the care that patients need while also being environmentally conscious by focusing on telehealth. This technology is growing by leaps and bounds and will only advance as time goes on. Soon we will be able to access telehealth in more hospitals and even transmit our medical data wirelessly with wearable technology.
While you may have to go to the physical office for more substantial injuries, you can get care for minor issues via telehealth from the comfort of your own home. You can even talk to a therapist privately from your living room. Realizing that you are helping yourself and the environment by avoiding driving and emissions can be a true win for your mental health.
As you can see, there are many ways that you can help yourself and our planet with dedication and smart decisions. Heed these tips today and you’ll make a better tomorrow.
Luke Smith is a writer and researcher turned blogger. Since finishing college he is trying his hand at being a freelance writer. When he isn’t writing you can find him travelling, hiking, or gaming. You can keep up with his writing on his Twitter.
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