How the coronavirus crisis is helping improve the environment across the world
A blog written for https://www.lifeagain.com.au
It is incredible to see how in such a short time, nature can adapt to the changing of human habits. Hopefully, this is something the world can remember once the pandemic is over, and apply to the ways we think about the environment moving forward.
The Health of Planet Earth and us is more important than anything else. Our beautiful world is trying to tell us to slow down and let the planet breathe a little without all the extra pollution, fast plastic, excess materialism, toxic fake superficialities etc, our Mother Earth is finally healing. People are waking up to what is important. Our health and the health of the planet in 2020 has been a testing time, but it has been heartwarming to see how many have contributed so much to the physical, emotional and psychological damage of the bushfires, floods and now we must all stay strong and resilient against coronavirus.
As humans slow down the pace of economic activity to try and prevent the spread of COVID-19, the natural world, it seems, is breathing a sigh of relief. “it is breathtaking”
Nature is sending us a message with the coronavirus pandemic and the ongoing climate crisis, according to the UN’s environment chief, Inger Andersen. Andersen said humanity was placing too many pressures on the natural world with damaging consequences, and warned that failing to take care of the planet meant not taking care of ourselves.
Here is an unexpected positive side effect of the 2020 Corona pandemic, the environment is healthier thanks to less people going out, lower levels of nitrogen dioxide, which mostly comes from vehicle exhausts, and levels of particulate matter coming from road transport and burning fuel, are said to be noticeably reduced across London and there has also been a noticeable reduction in Milan, Rome and Paris. The water flowing through the canals of Venice are clear for the first time in our lifetime. The fish are visible and the swans have returned to the lagoons.
Air pollution over regions in China and Europe has improved as a result. Over China, NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA) spotted a significant decrease in pollution between January and February.
Source: NASA Earth Observatory
Satellite imagery showed a reduction in the levels of nitrogen dioxide – caused by cars, power plants and industrial facilities.
It is also crazy to think that one large cruise ship can emit as much particulate matter as a million cars in a day.
For the health of our environment It really is time to make a change.
This is a realisation – because we are forced to – that there is considerable potential for long term positive change. Through our working practices and lifestyles. This challenges us in the future to think, do we really need to drive our car there or burn fuel for that.
A reduction in air pollution will be beneficial to people in susceptible categories, for example some asthma sufferers as it can reduce the spread of disease. A high level of air pollution exacerbates viral uptake because it inflames and lowers immunity. Agriculture could also get a boost because pollution stunts plant growth. These are positive outcomes from what is a confronting scary time.
A silver lining in this pandemic is being able to slow down appreciate and respect nature and connect more with family.
For that, I am grateful. Some positive actions are to support each other and nurture and cultivate a better world which is founded on community, growth, evolution and wellbeing by staying positive and believing the world will be fine. Throughout this time we need to stay connected through phone calls, messages and lifting each other up in a positive manner. Make conscious purchasing decisions by supporting local, ethical, socially conscious sustainable businesses.
But, how do we impact each other more meaningfully? It’s time to reflect on the life we are living and what sort of positive contribution in our life we are making.
Lets spread love and happiness, stay healthy to save the earth and each other and keep your immune system strong.
Be patient and recognise the positives. Trusting that on the other side good is coming.
We are all connected and in this together.
Here comes the Sun.
Summer 2020 is around the corner.
I would love to share with you my secrets to help you love your body and make you feel the best you can inside and out.
Create a life you love living so much that you don’t feel the need to indulge and eat junk food too many times per week. But I also believe in FUN too…..It is not about will power or deprivation it is ultimately about RESPECTING your body and LOVING it!!! By elevating your health and happiness! I have noticed if I am stressed and not exercising and eating unhealthy food, I feel sad and toxic!!! This ultimately shows on my skin, you know it is a reflection of your overall health. It is the body’s largest organ and it is an elimination organ.
Toxins inside your body can make the skin on the outside of your body look less than beautiful.
Take care and saturate your body with alive organic fruits and vegetables, purified water and a positive mind.
This Summer I want you to be balanced and love your body.
I am also sharing my secrets with you, I have had some support with feeding my body with antioxidant rich foods and non invasive treatments to keep my cellulite and skin tone tight.
I have been preparing my body for Summer and bikini weather with the support of a healthy alkaline diet rich in good fats and I feel cleaner eating plant based protein.
My go to dinner is chilli Mexican black bean and pumpkin nachos. YUM!
Eating black seeds, grains, and beans brings vitality, energy, and reproductive health back into the body, especially for one who is chronically ill or fatigued.
This is because in Traditional Chinese Medicine your kidney meridian health determines your own Qi (vital life force and defense against chronic illness/effects of aging. If I am feeling drained and exhausted I up my kidney supporting foods!!!!
Drink purified water.
Alkaline mineral water that hydrates you immediately at a cellular level! I have https://zazenalkalinewater.com.au/products/zazen-alkaline-water-system
For extra support I have also been attending a body contour clinic in Melbourne, Miss Cheri, to help eliminate fluid retention and smooth and tighten my skin as well as reduce cellulite. They use state of the art technology the Vela Shape 3 is my secret to help tone and tighten the collagen in my skin.
As a person ages, their body produces less collagen. This lack of collagen results in the common signs of aging. Wrinkles, sagging skin that has lost its elasticity, and stiff joints are all signs that the body is producing less collagen.
When collagen levels are high, the skin is soft, smooth, and firm. Collagen helps the skin cells renew and repair themselves.
If your energy stores are depleted and you are in need of a pick-me-up, consider dry body brushing to stimulate oxygen distribution throughout the body, and aid in speeding up the body’s natural process of detoxification.
Keeping your blood flowing and promoting lymph drainage can help keep your skin glowing! Dry brushing is a technique that improves circulation and promotes lymph draining.
- Use a soft, natural bristled brush.
- Dry brush before your shower every morning.
- Use a light pressure as you brush.
- Starting at your feet, brush in small movements up towards your heart.
- When you are done, take a shower.
All of this has helped me to support my beauty and body glow.
Take care and love your body, nourish it and tell it you love it!
Enjoy your Summer.
Victorian Dermal Group
Level 2, Suite 206
1 Princess Street
Kew Victoria 3101
Hey Angels! ♡ People often ask me how I keep my skin so clear. And of course I want to share my little beauty secrets with you.
When it comes to a natural beauty glow, the inescapable truth is, a high quality anti inflammatory alkalining diet, pure water and essential beauty sleep should be the backbone of your approach with balance of exercise like yoga for mindfulness and then supported by regular treatments and good active skincare sourced by the best dermal clinician.
I have been having regular treatments for the past year with the with out a doubt BEST skin clinicians in Melbourne at Victorian Dermal Group
I have had Clear and Brilliant laser, Ultra Former III, which is (The World’s No. 1 Choice for non-invasive Skin Lifting & Tightening treatments.) And Fraxel. (which I will go into further detail below, as this has been a game changer for me!!!) I have also had TCA to target scars on my skin as well as regular Light therapy and chemical peels every month with extractions. So, you can see I have been treating my skin with a lot of love!!!
Let me tell you about the latest treatment I have had done.
Summer skin starts in Winter! So, now it is Winter in Melbourne and is the BEST time to repair and resurface the skin. Let’s be honest, when it comes to skin treatments, my motto is ‘no pain, no gain’…
The painful ones are working because they’re damaging, whatever, making your collagen renewal and renewing your skin like a reboot. Fraxel Laser, is kind of painful for a reason, because it is doing quite deep damage to create fresh clean pure beautiful skin. It’s not really unbearable pain, more satisfying!!!
When it comes to our skin, we all want a beauty glow that is healthy and radiates. And while there are plenty of products and treatments out there, sometimes we may need something a little more vigorous and invasive than a topical treatment to treat major skin concerns such as open pores, wrinkles, scarring and age spots. This is where cosmetic procedures such as FRAXEL is what you need to do! The mechanism of Fraxel heavily relies on resurfacing your skin by stimulating the growth of new, healthy skins cells from the inside out.
LADIES & GENTLEMEN I cannot tell you enough how much I push for you to try this! After 1 treatment I am having such great results. I am LEGIT so Happy I could cry.
HONESTLY You’ll see benefits… Fraxel significantly improves quality and skin health, so anyone who has prematurely aged their skin with too much sun kissing exposure will benefit enormously from treatment. Not only will the skin be stronger and more hydrated, wrinkles will be softened and you’ll see a reduction in pigmentation. The overall effect is a noticeably younger cleaner complexion. I truely believe that Fraxel is also the gold standard treatment for acne, trauma or surgical scarring. The results are immediate and progressive. Soon after treatment the surface of your skin will feel softer and smoother, brighter and more even skin tone. The next 3-6 months will bring more improvement as your skin continues to create more collagen.
You’ll need to be incognito for???… It’s an important question, as it’s super crucial that you know what to expect. You will have a healing phase of seven days, of which the first three to four days are the most obvious. You are extremely RED post-procedure, with that sunburnt feeling. Mild swelling starts post-procedure, and is at its full peak the morning after, lasting a day or so. The skin will feel then feel really rough for up to a week where it goes brown and ultimately this is actually a really positive thing as it’s all the old dead and damaged cells shedding off the skin, leaving fresh, vibrant, healthy new baby skin complexion.
You’ll need to pop in again… It depends on the extent of damage, and that’s part of the reason you need a personalised skinconsultation with Derya https://victoriandermalgroup.com.au/about-us/ prior to your appointment. Some people do three treatments, six weeks apart and others that just do a treatment once a year.
I highly recommended you book an appointment to see Derya and transform your skin this Winter! Its ultimately the BEST time to heal and deal with renewing a lifetime of summer damage.
Victorian Dermal Group
Level 2, Suite 206
1 Princess Street
Kew Victoria 3101
BONNEE FAHLSTROM, ETHICAL MODEL, NUTRITIONIST & NATUROPATH
“You Are The Map To Your Own Healing And Spiritual Path, No One Else Can Define That For You”
By Skin Health Emporium
Hi, I’m BONNEE FAHLSTROM – I am a MODEL, INFLUENCER, HEALTH AND BEAUTY WRITER/ BLOGGER based in Melbourne. I am also a qualified NATUROPATH AND NUTRITIONIST this is where my worlds align with modelling brands of integrity.
Spirituality is a path I have been on since I was born. You are the map to your own healing and spiritual path, no one else can define that for you. I have always been interested in health and wellness. I would leave school at lunchtime and go and find a yoga studio. It was about 6 years ago, I found Social Media/ Instagram such an inspiring platform to promote a healthy and spiritual lifestyle by using my name to bring attention to issues of importance like health, beauty, and wellness, saving the bees and writing captions with mindfulness. I utilise my social media following to create awareness of environmental issues and promoting brands of integrity via health and wellbeing products that align with who I am and what I represent. My philanthropy and social conscious endeavors range from volunteering for “Save the Bees Australia” to repping conscious organic and vegan brands.
What Motivations You?
What motivates me and drives me begins with self-love and a balance of solitude. This is a tool to help support my business goals and personal development. In solitude, your connection with your soul gets stronger and you start hearing the intuition. It is your energy that is powerful when you stop hanging out with people who don’t lift your vibration. When you choose your own company over a fake company. When you are no longer around people who drain your energy. It is the light that you need to be protected this energy is motivational and I tune in to it when I am in the public eye, modelling, with clients etc. It keeps me strong and confident when I need support.
What Does Success Look like To You & How Much Of It Was It Built On Luck?
Success to me is being healthy and happy but I think ultimately, it is confidence. When I am truly in my essence and successful in my overall personal, private and business life I know that is when I will be at my peak of confidence. I love what I do and I thrive off being busy. To some degree, I agree that success is built on luck. Like, connecting to like-minded people who support you and who align with your value’s. I heavily believe in manifestation and staying in the light to attract good energy. So, for me, that is where luck comes to when you are on high vibration.
What Does Being Beautiful And Healthy Mean To You?
I really do believe in a healthy body and healthy mind will shine from within and you will be beautiful. The two need to work in unison. Also, being peaceful and getting enough sleep and drinking pure water is the best tip. In Australia I think you’re really lucky to have beautiful beaches, so you jump in the ocean if your skin is bad as salt water and sunshine is extremely healing. That is a beautiful lifestyle.
Tell Us About Your Skincare And Wellness Secrets?
I only love to represent products that are made with love and conscious intention. I deeply believe that Beauty is based on 3 things. It must be SUSTAINABLE, ETHICAL AND ORGANIC! All beings have the right to a humane life. I trust products that never test their products on animals. I also have regular facials at the VIC DERMAL GROUP. I like to use natural as possible skincare that also contains ACTIVE INGREDIENTS to prevent ageing. Products that contain AS, BS, and VITAMIN C. I love serums too. I mix between HYALURONIC, ROSE HIP AND HEMP OIL depending on how dehydrated and thirsty my skin is.
How Do You Manage Mental Health And Self-Care?
I love to walk for an hour every morning and afternoon. I also love to do Yoga and deep stretching. My diet consists of healthy, mostly Vegetarian/ Vegaquarian food. I avoid all foods that could contribute to both inflammation and bloating. That means no gluten, sugar, processed foods, and no dairy. I am extremely in tune with my body and when I eat bad food I feel bad. I have always craved salt over sugar. I am also fun though. The occasional cocktail or red wine makes me excited. As I have grown up I am more in tune with how my body responds and have become a way of what nourishes it and what trashes it. Diet and meditation help me rebuild my mental health to get through tough times. I have learned that every thought you have affects your reality and only you have control of your mind.
Favourite Holiday Destination, Restaurant, And Book?
DAINTREE RAINFOREST is the most beautiful pristine place in Australia. I have recently finished GISELE BUNDCHEN’S BOOK LESSONS: My path to a meaningful life and I found it so inspiring. I am now currently reading EGGSHELL SKULL. I am loving Italian food at the moment, craving a EUROPEAN HOLIDAY. So CAFE E CUCINA is the next best thing in Melbourne.