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Improve your environment, improve your health

I’m just back from a visit to Richmond and thoroughly enjoyed exploring this beautiful London borough, lots of walking, and sunny mornings spent ‘people watching’ sitting outside one of the many cafes in this leafy escape.  When you’re in a new place (you know that feeling when you’re on holiday?) you notice so many things that are taken for granted in your everyday life, and I delighted in the variety of trees and plants (wisteria, rhododendrons in abundance) that surrounded me as I took in every new experience.  On Saturdays and Sundays the park is full of weekenders strolling with family and friends, running, or mountain biking the 955 hectares of open land.  And I’m sure that 95% of leggings sold annually reside in this town!  

Healthy Choices, healthy habits 

Not only is the country feel of Richmond  surprising, the town itself is quite delightful.  When out shopping, I was struck by the variety and quality of the food that was available to suit every dietary requirement.  I considered how much easier it is to make healthy choices when you are surrounded by so many options.  And I also thought of home, how beautiful life can be in the West Midlands and Warwickshire, and how I can upgrade my own “healthy habits” in my normal daily life.

Environment

I talk to many of my clients who wish to make changes in their lives – especially with regard to anxiety and weight control –  about the importance of their environment (one of the segments in the wheel of life) and sometimes it can be hard to explain.  What surrounds us has a huge effect on our overall health and wellbeing, which consequently affects every aspect of our lives.  Does your environment bring you joy, and encourage you to practice healthy habits or does it hinder you?

Research

Recent research from the Royal Society for Public Health shows that “people living in towns with a ‘healthy’ high street outlive those with an ‘unhealthy’ one by up to six years” (*) which seems to bear out my point above.  Some places seem to make it much easier than others to make healthy lifestyle choices.

Small changes

Today consider your environment – it may not be perfect, but with some ‘tweaks’ you may be able to improve your health and wellbeing significantly.   What do you love about it?  What inspires you to live your healthiest life?  What could be changed?  I’m not talking about huge expensive changes, start with small ones.  Is it time to give your home a spring clean, declutter your cupboards, throw out unhealthy foods or clothes that don’t bring you joy, educate yourself, or use your favourite crockery so that mealtimes become more of a joy? Drink your morning tea or coffee in a special cup in the garden, dust off your leggings, pump up the tyres on your bicycle, walk in nature – take a look around you at all of the beauty on your doorstep and leap into it.

After my break, some changes I’m making to enhance and celebrate my environment:

  • Declutter my fridge
  • Find a new walk from my house instead of taking the same route every time
  • Create a comfortable reading corner in my home
  • Join the town library and use it!
  • Shopping at the local farmer’s market, and upgrading my food choices
  • empty the ‘clutter’ from the boot of my car!

These are all thoughts that have been lurking at the back of my mind for ages – I know they will make a big difference to how I live my life!

Make your environment your biggest asset to a healthy mind and life. 

What small change are you going to make?  Let me know in the comments.

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(*) The Health on the High Street: Running on Empty https://www.rsph.org.uk/our-work/campaigns/health-on-the-high-street/2018.html