Mental Health in the City Environment: How Much Do You Know?

It can be a tough transition going from suburban life to city life

By: Evan Kafka

City dwellers have a 21% increased risk of developing an anxiety disorder, and a 39% increased risk of developing a mood disorder, like depression. This could be due to the constant busyness, trying to find your niche, or a lack of greenery.

But don’t let those statistics scare you! Here are 5 tips to beat the city blues and stay happy amidst the hustle and bustle:

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Make a goal for how many new places you want to discover in your city. Maybe it’s eating out at a new restaurant once a month, or going rock climbing because you’ve never had the time to try it. Finding new things excites the mind and gives you a break from work, school, and daily stressors.

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Keeping connected to nature and the outdoors can be tricky when it comes to the city, so do a bit of research to locate your closest park or green space. It helps with mental clarity and can recharge your stressed mind.

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When the world feels like it’s sitting right on your shoulders, have a default plan that makes you feel safe and comfortable. This could be staying home and reading a book, cooking, or doing some breathing exercises. Having this in mind when feeling extra stressed or anxious will come in handy.

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Using your own two feet to get from Point A to Point B is the best way to get to know the city, as well as improve your mental health. Fresh air and a little bit of exercise goes a long way, especially when sitting in a classroom or office most of the day.

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If all else fails, talk to someone that will understand how you feel and can help you. There is no shame in needing to seek out a professional, and they have lots of experience in dealing with many different situations.

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