The Environmental Dimension of Self-Care

8. environmental self-care Mar 21, 2020
trees highlighting the environmental dimension of self-care

The Environmental Dimension of Self-Care, one of LivingUpp’s 8 Dimensions of Self-Care, focuses on environmental health—how you harmonize and interact with the world around you. This dimension of self-care helps you reconnect with the earth’s natural patterns, support your local community, and create sacred spaces where you can rest and recharge.

In this article, you’ll learn how to develop and maintain an environmental self-care practice that enables you to support health on a local and global level.

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What is Environmental Self-Care?

Environmental self-care is any action you take to improve the conditions of the world around you. Over time, the small choices you make every day has a big impact on the world.

LivingUpp defines self-care as a preventive health strategy involving actions and behaviors that improve, restore, or maintain good health. By implementing a holistic self-care practice, you’ll spend less time and money on sick care and more time living your life.

Examples of Environmental Self-Care

Here are some environmental self-care examples to help you design a healthy lifestyle:


Being part of a community beyond your own household can have a positive impact on your health. Being actively engaged in your local community can help you extend your support system and enrich your relationships.

Environmental self-care strategies that support your local community:

  • Giving blood
  • Donating to charity
  • Voting
  • Volunteering

Environmental Impact

Reduce, reuse, and recycle. You’ve heard the catchy slogan before. Reducing the amount of waste you produce not only benefits the earth, but it also supports your physical health.

Environmental self-care strategies that have a positive environmental impact:

Nature Therapy

Spending time in nature is a simple act of self-care comes with big health benefits. Research has linked "forest bathing" to lower blood pressure, reduced stress, and increased creativity. Walking, camping, hiking, gardening, and other outdoor activities have been shown to boost your mood as well.

Environmental self-care strategies that help you stay connected to nature:

  • Walking in nature
  • Planting a garden
  • Going camping
  • Consulting with a permaculture designer
  • Adopting a pet
  • Applying sunscreen*(when spending more the 20 minutes in the sun)

Living Spaces

Your living spaces have a direct impact on your well-being. Depending on your personality and preferences, cluttered spaces may amplify stress and feelings of overwhelm. As you develop your luminescent self-care practice, these details will become more apparent.

Environmental self-care strategies that support healthy living spaces:

  • Decluttering your personal spaces
  • Adding houseplants to your spaces
  • Creating a sacred space
  • Having your home professionally cleaned
  • Using essential oils*
  •  Adding water features*
  • Changing your home and auto air filters
  • Cleaning your refrigerator
  • Making your bed
  • Rearranging furniture
  • Buying flowers
  • Changing your bed sheets
  • Adding an emergency kit to your car
  • Buying a new pillow
  • Organizing your closet

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Using the 8 Dimensions of Self-Care Framework

The 8 Dimensions of Self-Care framework simplifies the healthy lifestyle design process. Using the 8-dimensional self-care pinwheel, you can easily develop a holistic self-care practice that supports the key areas of your life.

Here’s a quick overview of the 8 Dimensions of Self-Care:

If you’re looking for some structure to help bring self-care into your daily life, the Lifestyle Design Planner* incorporates the 8 Dimensions of Self-Care framework and the Rate Your 8 self-care assessment tool into its daily planning pages. This makes it easier to prioritize and plan your self-care rituals.

How to Support Your Environmental Dimension of Self-Care

The Environmental Dimension of Self-Care plays an integral role in building and maintaining good health on a global level. To design a environmental self-care practice, choose specific self-care strategies that strengthen your environmental well-being.

How do you support this dimension of your life? Share in the comments below.

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