A GOOD ENVIRONMENT ENABLES SOUND MENTAL HEALTH

Akinjise Daniel
Posted October 10, 2018 from Nigeria

Mental health is the extent to which a person's thoughts and feelings are influenced by coping with their day to day life. Mental illnesses is responsible for some of the most challenging health issues faced by society, responsible for vast numbers of hospitalizations, disabilities resulting in billions in lost productivity, and sharply high risks for suicide. 

The environment which is one of the major causes of mental health problems in the society today plays an important role in determining the health status of an individual. Everyone lives in both a social environment and a physical one and the two interrelate.

Physical surroundings may have their effects on the human psyche through their direct sensory effects. Alternatively our surroundings may affect our thoughts and feelings by the way they inhibit or filter our experience of other things (buildings, for example, detach us from the external environment). In addition, our physical surroundings mediate, inhibit or encourage our social and personal relationships.

The following are ways by which the environment influences our mental health:

- Stress, depression, frustration, work or family life imbalance, learning disabilities, cognition problems. To a certain extent all these ailments also occur due to threatening environmental conditions.

-    Effect of climate change on humans

-    Chronic stressors, such as economic hardship or social struggles

-    Low quality of life, due to poverty or a feeling of dissatisfaction with one's life

-    Exposure to toxins, especially at certain developmental stages

-    Family and/or relationships problems

-    Lack of access to nature and natural environment.

-    The greener, the better… Clean, nurturing and safe environment leads to overall sense of physical-mental health and well-being.

Ways to stay fit and mentally healthy via a nurturing environment

1.  Be friendly to the environment, it will be your best friend too!

2.  Try to stay in a calm and clean environment. You can also make your living environment neat and tidy.

3.  As the temperature rises, our body temperature and mental activities become more vigilant and vigorous. This leads to mental reactions like aggression, frustration, lack of control, agitation, etc. So, try to keep yourself calm and hydrated during the hot summer months. Similarly, winter brings depression and winter blues with it. Therefore, it is wise to manage your lifestyle in accordance to the changing environmental conditions.

4.  Industrial areas emit a lot of atmospheric/environmental pollutants which exert a negative impact on the body and mind.

This story was submitted in response to The Future of Security is Women .

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Jill Langhus
Oct 11, 2018
Oct 11, 2018

Hi Daniel,

Thanks for sharing your post about mental health, as well as the mental health tips. I hope you're having a good day!

Akinjise Daniel
Oct 24, 2018
Oct 24, 2018

Thanks so much for reading the article. Yes i'm having a good day

Jill Langhus
Oct 24, 2018
Oct 24, 2018

You're welcome. Great! Good to hear:-)

Ngala Nadege
Jan 14, 2019
Jan 14, 2019

Hello sister !!
Thanks for sharing your post on mental health

Feka
Mar 13, 2019
Mar 13, 2019

Thanks for sharing. Mental health is a serious problem that needs a lot of attention

Mikaela Kate
Jun 13, 2019
Jun 13, 2019

Daniel, Your words make an impact. I agree with every thing you are saying and wish more of the world could look on mental healthy with this perspective. thank you for writing and my hope is that you reach many people.

prakriti sapkota
Jun 24, 2019
Jun 24, 2019

Hello!
What u wrote is absolutely true.
Calm and peaceful environment helps to generate creativity and sense of calmness in body and mind.
Being a health personnel I have seen many clients recovering fast ans so well by just making slight differences in the environment .

ANJ ANA
Sep 02, 2019
Sep 02, 2019

Dear Daniel,
Thank you. Yes if you work for the environment, the environment will help us for good mental health. best regards, anjana