Wellbeing bloggers

Wellbeing Sarah Wilson

"My big tip is just to avoid the shops, that way you won’t buy in the first place. if you get out of the habit of going to the shops, you do actually consume less," says Sarah Wilson.

Wellbeing Jessica Ainscough

"Stop eating chemicals! Once you do that, you can eat as much as you want and not worry about putting on weight or harming your health," advises Jessica Ainscough.

Wellbeing Jo Hegarty

Jo Hegarty says, "Think about every choice you make and ask yourself, is there a better way? A healthier option?"

Wellbeing Maria Hannaford

"Don’t chase happiness, it will come out of creating meaning in your life," says Maria Hannaford.

Wellbeing Tricia Hogbin

"Set aside time each day to connect with your family and nature," says Tricia Hobin.

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Maria Hannaford econest.blogspot.com.au
Recognising that much of our lives are artificial, Maria shares her thoughts on gratitude and getting real.

“I will look after myself in 2013 by trying to live a simple life, but finding great meaning in the life that I do live. It’s important to acquire gratitude for what you have, as that’s an important lesson on how to live well with less. Just think what could happen if we could all learn to live with less and be happy with what we have, rather than working too hard and struggling to get more stuff. If we can learn to live with what we have and to become inventive and creative and to use things that come straight from nature, it’s going to be better for us and the environment as well.

“Up to 60 per cent of the eco impact we have comes from the food that we buy. When you’re eating clean food, you know that all the way along the chain that everyone has been treated fairly and the environment has been looked after. You not only feel better because it’s good food, you know it’s had a good journey to get to you.

“There’s so many material distractions these days, and they don’t really make you happy, they just wear you down, and prevent you from really having a meaningful life. Everyone needs to go on their own journey, but I think people who are chasing happiness through material goods are people who don’t see the difference between what’s natural and real and what’s not. I don’t think it’s their fault, I think people are just swept up in the artificial distractions. For example, a lot of people don’t realise that what they’re eating isn’t really food because it’s been so processed. Or they’re putting artificial chemicals on their skin and therefore into their bodies in creams and shampoos. Even down to our entertainment; things like instead of going to the park to play tennis, people play tennis on their Wii in their living rooms.

“I think one of the biggest mistakes that people make are when they want to live with a lower impact but they buy into the pretend ‘green’ space. So if they see a product with an eco word on it, they figure it’s fine, but it’s really easy to slip into the greenwashing trap, and not actually change your consumption patterns or your lifestyle, but just switch to products with a green label, when it might not be any different to what you were doing before. People do need to think a little bit carefully about what they actually need to live a good, healthy lifestyle.”

Tricia Hogbin www.littleecofootprints.com
We couldn’t live without nature, and Tricia has recognised just how fundamental our planet is to our wellbeing, and vice versa.

“I will continue to look after my family well this year by setting aside time each day to connect with my family and nature. My love for nature is what motivates me to try and reduce my ecological footprint. However, over the past few years I’ve realised that the benefits to myself and my family of making ‘green’ choices far outweigh the environmental benefits. Thankfully, what is good for the environment is also good for our wellbeing. For example: eating local organic unprocessed food; riding or walking instead of driving; volunteering for on-ground environmental projects; consuming less; reducing clutter by passing on stuff you no longer need – they are all good for us and the environment. I can’t think of a single green choice that wouldn’t also benefit my wellbeing.

“For me, truly good lifestyles are ones where people are conscious of their impact on others and the environment. For example they are aware of the impact of excessive consumption and try to reduce the amount of stuff they buy. They live fairly minimalist lifestyles and do without or share, loan and borrow. They buy local, organic, unprocessed food and know their farmers.

“On the other hand, lifestyles that could benefit from some improvement are ones where people aren’t conscious of the impact their decisions have on the environment. They mindlessly buy ‘stuff’ with little thought to the environmental impact of their consumption.

“There seems to be very little recognition that our society’s consumption is the root of environmental degradation. It’s important to ask yourself: ‘Do I really need that? Is there a brand I can buy with less packaging? Can I borrow or share instead of buy?’ A common mistake I see people make is to not realise that the saying ‘reduce, reuse, recycle’ is a hierarchy expressing the order of importance of these ideas. The ‘reduce’ is so much more important than the ‘reuse’ and ‘recycle’. Recycling is the least important option of the trio. We need to try and get less into our recycling bins, not more.”

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