30-12-2019 02:58 PM
I recently came across this graphic of the 8 dimensions of wellness and wondered if anyone would like to join me in discussion around these and our caring role tackling one topic a week going clockwise starting with "Environmental"
31-12-2019 06:13 AM - edited 03-01-2020 10:56 AM
When I think of self-care, I hadn’t really given the environmental aspect of this a thought, however after coming across this chart I realised that this is quite important to me and there are a number of ways that tending to environmental concerns can be beneficial to health.
For the purposes of this discussion I will use these Collins dictionary definitions to frame the meanings of environment that are applicable for the purposes of this discussion (Reference 1)
When we refer to environmental wellness there are different ways of expressing what this means, here are a couple.
It can include
I will use the last list as subtopics for discussion and these are some of the thoughts I have
K Wac et al “Quality of Life Technologies: Experiences from Field and Key Challenges”
31-12-2019 08:55 AM
Thanks for sharing your thoughts @Darcy Lots of rich information.
As I have a lived experience of mental health unwellness in addition to caring for my hubby I can see how the environment we live in can impact on both the unwell person and the Carer. Many years ago I moved from a city to a coastal area. That decision was made for the following reasons; needing a better climate for my child who had health problems at the time, more affordable housing, and distancing myself from some family members who I considered toxic. Although it was a big move and took a lot of adjusting I now reap the benefits.
I used to do a lot of gardening when living on acearage. I had to downsize after a divorce but now that I am getting older I appreciate my duplex garden. Yesterday I spent the day gardening (I'm on rec leave from work). A friend has moved into a new home which needs a garden so I took cuttings and potted some baby plants for her. I always feel good after gardening. I guess it's just being with nature and loving on the piece of earth in my personal space. The birds are loving the bird bath. I have to remember to keep it topped up for them during this drought.
Solar power is definitely on my list of things I like to have one day.
My cat is an indoor cat to protect wildlife.
I love Koalas and feel sad at the thought of them going extinct so I might get involved in the next tree planting day. Hubby might join me but I am trying hard to learn that what has worked for me might not be his cup of tea.
Note to self....get in the garden more often.
31-12-2019 10:00 AM
The garden is a huge one for me too @Scoo and love just about everything about it and being able to share plants is one of the joys that it gives me. I love our bird baths too. Having a cuppa outdoors looking at the garden can lift ones spirits and I really enjoy having a seating area in our garden.
What a wonderful idea to go tree planting for koala habitat.
Note: Edited my earlier post as I realised I had gone off topic in my post and edited so it pertained to the environment.
31-12-2019 10:27 AM
That is not my garden @Scoo although I would not mind if it was . As per community guidelines I do not post anything that could be identifying. We have only been in our new place 5 months and our garden plan in its early stage, at present we are battling running bamboo and we have some renovations and repairs that could impact on the garden so I am having to restrain myself in relation to planting - have quite a few ideas as to what I would like to do.
31-12-2019 05:30 PM
The home environment is one that I have made an effort to improve on, both physically and to improve our general circumstances. Physically, decluttering has been the order of the day -- @Darcy after spending 5 nights in a little cottage for our holiday brought home to us that we need to declutter more and to get rid of more stuff
I believe that love can only flourish in an atmosphere of freedom
I think that I placed restrictions upon myself that were not there and have certainly felt healthier since I was able to let go of the things that were not mine to hold onto.--- yes I need to do this @Darcy as I know mr shaz loves and cares for me
Financially , to show that we are going forward sowly instead of backwards is a big releif , we could do more
I live in a country town too , there is not really any public transport. Our home is within walking distance of the CBD and we sold our other car years ago as I can not drive ,
I do think of walking but mr shaz will drive me everywhere and wait for me
do something if I notice we are becoming housebound.--mr shaz would love to be housebound for a certain amount of time and then it is good to go out doing photograghy in the forest
Environmental wellness inspires us to live a lifestyle that is respectful of our surroundings.-- sometimes @Darcy , I feel more connected to my mum`s / grandma house which I now own half of it
but inheriting my childhood house which I inherited from my father , still feels funny , getting ther though , but I am sure mr shaz sees I don`t have the same feel as I do with my mum`s
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