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Sunday, August 29, 2021

Healthier and Happier Life During the Pandemic

Health is very important nowadays and most people are into sustainable lifestyle. 

Sarah Queblatin, Permaculture Designer and Educator, co-founder and executive director of Green Releaf Initiative, said that the importance of nurturing nature and understanding that it is a part of ourselves. She was one of the panelist during the 12th edition of TAYO Naman! (Tulong, Alaga, Yakap at Oras para sa mga Tagapagtaguyod ng Edukasyon), a 14-part webinar series of the Department of Education and Globe. 

"Nature increases our immunity to fight viruses, bacteria, and various illnesses. It heals our nervous system by reducing stress, anxiety, and environment fatigue. It invites us to be calmer and makes us happier. Working with nature is therapeutic. You have to experience it. We already have the means to recover inside of ourselves, but because of disasters and challenges, we tend to forget it," Queblatin said.  

Most of us are cooped-up inside our homes but it is still healthy to get enough sunlight, breathe some fresh air, do some gardening or exercise, drink lots of water, and eat healthily to boost immune system and relieve stress and anxiety. 

"When we become simpler in the interrelationship between our food and our waste, then we start living the application of the connectedness of these practices," continued Queblatin. "Think about our relationship with our bodies because our breath, our bodies are the representation of nature within us. Let us rethink our relationship coming from how we see nature first and how we see nature as ourselves."

She encourages educators to include lessons about nature in the different subjects to give students a deeper understanding of the four elements- fire, air, earth, and water, and their connection to our lives. She also stressed the importance of working to create a bigger impact, making a connection between cultivating our human sense of care for our community, and learning to care for nature's ecosystem through tending to a school garden. 


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