Creating An Environment That Encourages Mental Well-BeingMay 16, 2023
May is Mental Health Month,
a time to raise awareness about the importance of mental health and the ways we can take care of our well-being.
One key factor that can impact our mental health is our environment. Here are some tips on how to make your environment more conducive to your mental health:
Create a Calming Environment
One of the best ways to improve your mental health is to create a calm, relaxing environment in your home or workspace. You can do this by adding plants, using calming colors, reducing clutter, and playing soft music or sounds. The goal is to create a safe and welcoming space, that enables you to focus and feel at ease.
Take Control of Your Surroundings
Take control of your surroundings by setting boundaries and creating routines that prioritize your mental health. This could mean setting aside time for self-care activities, such as exercise, meditation, or hobbies. It could also mean creating clear boundaries with coworkers or family members to reduce stress and improve communication.
Cope with What You Cannot Control
In some situations, it may be difficult or impossible to change your environment. In these cases, it's important to focus on coping strategies that can help your emotions and mental health. This could mean practicing mindfulness, deep breathing, or seeking support from a therapist or support group.
Practicing gratitude can also be a powerful tool for improving mental health. Take time each day to reflect on what you are grateful for, no matter how small. This can help shift your focus away from stressors and towards the positive aspects of your life.
It is important to recognize when it's time to move on from an environment that is negatively impacting your mental health. This could mean leaving a toxic workplace, ending a toxic relationship, or making other changes that prioritize your well-being. Remember that you are in control of your own life, and that it's okay to prioritize your mental health and make changes that support it.
Creating a positive environment for your mental health can be an ongoing process. Whether it's creating a calming atmosphere, taking control of your surroundings, practicing gratitude, or making changes to prioritize your well-being, there are many ways to improve your mental health by focusing on your environment. Remember to take it one day at a time, and to seek support when needed.
Happy Mental Health Month!
Ana Garcia graduated from Lamar University with a BS in Psychology and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lamar University. Her interest to become a licensed counselor stems from her experience working as a case manager providing access to resources for underserved populations in Southeast Texas. Her goal after graduation is to provide counseling services to vulnerable populations and promote multicultural counseling. She genuinely believes that counseling should be accessible to everyone, regardless of socioeconomic status, race, sexual orientation, or religion.