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:
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.
2. Find your green
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.
3. Have an “escape plan”
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.
4. Walk it out
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.
5. Talk to a pro
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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