Your perception of well-being may exist in your mind, but the things happening outside of your head have a tremendous influence over the current state of your mental health. Sometimes a change in scenery can do wonders for our mental health, and that can be due to our everyday surroundings impacting us in ways we do not realize. Whether it’s the people you are around everyday, the memories certain places hold, or the clutter in your own house, all of these things can have an effect on your mental health.
Race and Socioeconomic Factors
Unfortunately, in the United States, race and socioeconomic status are directly related today with many minorities living at a lower socioeconomic status. Living in poverty and in neighborhoods with high crime is linked to higher mental health disorders for its residents; not to mention, these people have a harder time gaining access to the necessary resources for help. Facing discrimination based on your race or ethnicity can cause or worsen preexisting mental health conditions.
Bad Work Environments
As an adult, work is one of the places you spend the most time. Suppose your working environment has a toxic culture, long hours, and you find yourself always worrying about work even when you aren’t there. In that case, you may find yourself experiencing depression and anxiety as a result from your job. Finding a job that supports your physical and mental health with a proper work-life balance will allow you to thrive and feel good everyday.
Something as simple as a clean living space will go a long way for your mental health. Just having an orderly living space can help you think clearer and declutter your mind. Living environments that give you a lot of stress will hurt your mental health, since your home should be your shelter from the hectic outside world and a place where you feel a sense of security. If living somewhere triggers painful memories, a fresh change of scenery can help you leave the past behind and feel happier and more optimistic about the future.
If you struggle with anxiety or depression, evaluate how your environment could be affecting your mental health. Making changes to your environment can positively impact your mental health. If you or a loved one is struggling with mental health concerns, contact Avalon Malibu. Avalon is a world-renowned, licensed mental health treatment and addiction rehab center in Southern California. We provide the best evidence-based mental health therapies and well-rounded support so our clients can find lasting success in their recovery. For more information, contact us at (844) 857-5992.