6 Ways Going Green Can Help Your Mental Health
To celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month, we’re sharing ways to improve your mental health.
With global warming in the news, and the effects of climate change being visible all over the world, thinking about the environment can often cause stress or anxiety.
But, did you know that living an eco-friendly life can actually reduce stress and anxiety, and improve your wellbeing?
Here are just some of the surprising ways being eco-friendly can help your mental health and wellbeing:
1 . Doing good makes you feel good
People say that kindness makes the world go round, and that can really be true! Doing something good for the environment, whether it’s picking up a piece of litter, using a reusable water bottle or walking instead of driving somewhere, can help you feel happy and fulfilled.
2. Connect to a community
Lots of people are passionate about helping the environment. Connecting with others in your community to volunteer, learn or even just to get together to talk about how to help the environment is a great way to prevent loneliness, and build a circle of friends.
3. Enjoy the benefits of nature
Spending time in nature is scientifically proven to help your physical and mental wellbeing. Activities like walking instead of driving, conservation efforts, and gardening have the added bonus of allowing you to spend time in the great outdoors.
4. Embracing simplicity
Modern-day life is stressful, with the list of things you need to buy seeming endless. Being more green means doing everything you can to reduce, reuse and recycle which results in a much simpler, cheaper and less stressful way of life.
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5. Gives you a purpose
Focusing on ways to help the environment and reduce your carbon emissions is a great way to make everyday tasks feel more meaningful. Doing something active to make a stand against global warming can fight feelings of depression and helplessness.
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6. Care for the future
One of the most stressful aspects of climate change is the threat it poses to our future. So, being more eco-friendly means that you are helping to protect the future, which leads to better peace of mind and feelings of satisfaction.
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To sum up, going green can boost your mental wellbeing, help you connect with others, and give you a reason to get out in the great outdoors.
If you’re looking for more mental health resources, you can visit the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/
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