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Mental Health and our Environment

In the winter months, many of us find ourselves slugging through the day, with metaphorical weights tied to our ankles. During this time, when the sky seems gloomy, the sun sets before you even arrive home from work or school, and the floor seems so cold you barely want to lift your blanket to get out of your bed, it is extremely important to focus on your mindset in order to continue performing your day-to-day tasks. As people generally, if we believe we are “fine” despite feeling somewhat off, there are a number of symptoms which may reveal our struggle, even if they are not the traditional symptoms you may expect when thinking of an issue with mental health. Despite this, there are ways to combat these negative feelings. When feeling sluggish, you may want to look out for these certain factors in your own life, and then find a healthy way to cope.

Generally, when the majority of people struggle with mental health, you may see symptoms including, but not limited to, feeling sad or confused, having low energy, detachment from reality, drug abuse, and much more. However, these symptoms are not always the case. In other cases, specifically in men, you may see aggression, engagement in high-risk activities, or pain without a clear cause instead, and there are a large variety of other symptoms of struggle you may notice in you or your loved ones. As a precaution, if someone you know has gone through a major behavior change, make sure to check in with them. Additionally if you notice a behavior change within your own life, make sure to check in with yourself and either find a technique to cope that works for you or seek help if needed.

Something you may want to consider prior to and while seeking guidance may include different coping techniques. Some examples include breathing techniques, meditation, visualization, journaling, etc. These techniques are scientifically proven to increase your awareness of your surroundings, and allow you to calm down and move along in your life. Another technique you may use is spending time outside in nature. Even in urban settings, seeing green areas in the city can boost your motivation and give you an escape from reality. Additionally, gardening, hiking, or spending a day in a scenic park can boost your mood and overall give you a sense of tranquility. If it seems that you or your loved ones have tried these techniques, and they haven’t worked, it may be beneficial to seek professional help. 


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