Physical health is but one aspect of overall health

When we talk about healthy living, we typically think about what we eat and how we move. Yes, physical health is vital and is the pillar upon which all other forms of health stand but…

…having said that, what are those other forms?

In addition to Physical Health (what we eat and how we move), we should also consider our Mental, Emotional, Social, and Spiritual Health. Because we are creatures of balance, after all, and when one aspect suffers, chances are good that others suffer too.

But did you know about Environmental Health? By this I do not mean the state of the rain forests and the plight of whales. I do not mean to be glib about these subjects but the fact remains that there is little – if anything – an average person can do about this.

What I mean by Environmental Health is more direct and a great deal more in our own, individual control. The World Health Organization (as much as I hate to quote those guys on anything at all) define Environmental Health as “clean air, stable climate, adequate water, sanitation and hygiene, safe use of chemicals, protection from radiation, healthy and safe workplaces, sound agricultural practices, health-supportive cities and built environments, and a preserved nature are all prerequisites for good health.”

Okay, yes, but…as much as these are important, many are not practical because we have little to no control over them. How, then, do we look towards our own Environmental Health?

It could start with something as simple as ensuring that the water you drink is clean. Instead of buying bottled water all the time, consider fitting a filter system to your taps. These are pretty inexpensive and easy to use. Make sure that the space you live in – your kitchen counters, your bedside table, your desk at home and work – is clear of clutter and clean. As much as you are able, reduce the impact of toxic chemicals in your cleaning materials and look for safer options. Consider reducing the amount of radiation you receive from Wi-Fi devices by not sleeping with your phone or tablet next to your bed, or even turning off the Wi-Fi at night. Keeping a succulent next to your router – or an orgonite pyramid – is shown to reduce radiation as well. I use both.

What you surround yourself with matters. A cluttered space, said one wise person, is a sign of a cluttered mind. Thinking clearly and making proper decisions starts with empowering yourself to make those decisions and, sometimes, it can begin with how pleasing your personal space is to you.

Do you need an overhaul? A new plant in your bedroom? Some rearranged furniture? You never know!