In an age where the pursuit of health and happiness is a top priority, the concept of Blue Zones as described in Dan Buettner’s book, “The Blue Zone: The Blueprint for a Better Life” has captured the imagination of many. Blue Zones are regions around the world where people live remarkably long, healthy lives. One of the key factors contributing to this longevity is the lifestyle and environment they inhabit. While you may not be able to move to one of these regions, you can bring the 5 Blue Zone principles into your own home. Here’s how.
Connect with Nature: Incorporate indoor plants, grow your own garden, and create outdoor spaces that connect you with the natural world. Maximise the use of light through windows, mirrors and skylights.
Declutter: Simplify your life. Clearing away excess possessions reduces stress and create a calming environment. Buy only what you love.
Live Healthy: Blue Zones diets are rich in vegetables, fruit, whole grains and legumes. Minimise processed foods and sugars. Design your day to encourage physical activity. Movement is a fundamental aspect of Blue Zone living, and a walkable city like Bath makes that very easy to achieve.
Connect with others: Live around your friends, or make friends with the people around you for a sense of belonging and security. Encourage interaction through cozy seating areas, a welcoming kitchen or a space where friends and family can gather.
Live with purpose: Blue Zone residents often have a strong sense of purpose. Remind yourself of your life’s purpose and goals through your work and life.
After decades of living in bustling cities & emerging countries, I have found my sanctuary in Bath. Its harmonious blend of natural beauty, active lifestyle, strong social connections, sense of purpose, and relatively stress-free living has transformed it into my very own Blue Zone and a place I am proud to call home.