We all spend such a huge amount of time indoors that we don’t really pay much attention to the effects that the environment we live and work in has on our health. But if you are more aware of the health implications of your environment, you will be in a much better position to deal with the issues that may or may not arise. Here are a few of the most common ways that your own personal environment can affect your physical and mental wellbeing.
Influence Your Mood
If, for example, you work in a place that is very cluttered, this can add to your overall sense of dissatisfaction and anxiety. People don’t tend to think about these things and consider them minor issues, but stress is a major cause of both physical and mental damage. Another way that your internal environment can influence your mood is through the lighting. Having access to natural light can help to improve your mood while too much artificial lighting has been shown to increase instances of depression.
The Air Your Breathe
Many people think they are totally safe to breathe in the air that is all around them, but the truth is that an office environment is full of recirculated air which can be a breeding ground for bacteria. Another issue is that some working environments have a higher risk of asbestos exposure. If you are not sure how the air you breathe is affecting your health, it is worth speaking to your workplace to find out their individual policy.
Cause or Reduce Stress
We have already talked about it briefly, but there is no doubt that the environment you are in can cause or reduce stress. If you live in the centre of a high energy city where everything is moving at an extremely fast pace, you are much more likely to experience stress than if you are in a calmer, more natural environment. Ultimately, if you learn some stress management techniques then you are much more likely to be able to deal with this issue regardless of the environment you find yourself in.
Your Behavior Patterns
Some places encourage close interaction whereas others encourage us to be more introverted. Human beings have a strong need for security and safety, and are always looking for these qualities in our environment. Physical comfort is also something that we strive for. For example, it is much harder to focus if you are too cold. Next up comes psychological comfort – places that feel familiar with not too many stimulants.
You may well be encouraged now to take a closer look at your environment and think harder about how it is influencing your physical and mental health, as well as your behavior. If there are changes that you can make for the better, now is the time to act. Ultimately, if you can make a few small adjustments to live in an environment that can make your happier and healthier, why wouldn’t you go for it?