Music News YOU Can Use: Developing Environmental Wellness

I know that part of Environmental Wellness is taking care of our planet by recycling, reducing, and reusing. Another part of environmental wellness is taking care of the space in which we live. We all know how to take care of our planet, so I’m going to focus on tips from how to maintain peace in our personal environments.

The Medical Wellness Center at the University of Miami defines Environmental Wellness is an awareness of the precarious state of the earth and the effects of your daily habits on the physical environment. It is respect for God’s creation and the beauty and balance of nature. Environmental wellness involves maintaining a way of life that maximizes harmony with the earth and minimizes harm to the environment. It includes being involved in socially responsible activities to protect the environment.

If you missed previous topics in this series on Wellness, check them out here:

Cultural Wellness

Physical Wellness
Spiritual Wellness
Social Wellness
Emotional Wellness
Vocational Wellness
Intellectual Wellness

♫    Tune in – Notice the things in your Environment. What are the sounds, smells, sights, textures, and tastes in your home? Create a pleasant environment that pleases your senses (and stimulates the senses of your developing child) by playing some stress-reducing music, cooking a healthy meal, and sharing it with your family.

♫    Tune up – Try to sense things as your child would sense them. People who have Autism and other disabilities often sense things at a much stronger level than we do. What can you do to your environment to make it more sensory neutral?

♫    Tune out – Create a sensory neutral environment by decluttering–have few items (if any) on the flat surfaces in your home. Make sure the things you have in your home have a place and put them in their place. Eliminate extra smells from artificial sources. If you need some tips for creating a sensory neutral home, check out Flylady.net.