Healthy Habits

Honor Mental Well-being

Gardening

Surroundings play a significant role in shaping our thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and overall health. Learning about the impact of surroundings on our mental health is a valuable way to take control of our own well-being. Consider neighborhoods, workplaces, or other locations you frequently visit and how they may be affecting your mental health.

Neighborhood and Town: Did you know your ZIP Code plays a role in your health. In fact, 60% of your health is determined by where you live. Your neighborhood, town, and larger geographical region impact your sense of community and belonging. These factors also determine how easily you can access the services you need, including mental health support.

Pro Tip: Get to know your neighbors. The people living around you can be a big help when you need something. You can support each other with carpools, running errands, or sharing resources. Connect with a group in your area where community members share and exchange services.

Home Environment: Optimizing your space to improve your mental health is something anyone can benefit from. For those living with mental health conditions, it is one tool of many that can be used to improve and support your mental well-being. Practice tidiness to promote calmness and a sense of control over your day. Click here for some of our favorite tips for getting organized.

Outdoor Surroundings: Spending time in nature is linked to many positive mental health outcomes, including improved focus, lower stress, better mood, and reduced risk of developing a mental health condition. Studies have found that those who don’t have access to a backyard or outdoor space can improve focus, memory, and stress tolerance by being in the presence of indoor plants. Increasing natural light is another way to boost mood and create a consistent sleep schedule.

Reference: https://www.mhanational.org/mental-health-month

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