Healthy environments are a crucial factor to everyone’s well-being, mentally and physically.
In order to create healthy environments in which to thrive as individuals within and outside a community, it is essential to have healthy environments in which to learn, process information, relax, and enjoy.
For the purpose of making these concepts of the environment at a micro-level easier to comprehend, they will be divided into three categories in accordance with the main environments that constitute people’s everyday life and wellbeing.
HEALTHY SOCIAL ENVIRONMENTS
Our social life, including family and friendships, are foundational to our lives. They influence us, inspire, expose us, and shape our perspectives over the world.
Because friendships and other social interactions play such a critical role in our overall health and wellbeing, it is crucial for us to pay attention to the social environments we partake in, and build from such spaces the healthiest environments possible.
The following steps are a suggestive guide to creating and maintaining healthy social environments:
1.MEET NEW PEOPLE ON A REGULAR BASIS
Remaining active within social environments can be an easy way to expand friendships and different perspectives in life. Meeting new people can keep us on our toes and can lead us to find peace in our social environment through pursuing new connections with people, which is good for the heart and mind.
2. MAKE AN EFFORT
Making an effort is perhaps one of the most important components when creating social environments because it is a binding element between people. Without a constant regular effort, friendships and overall communication within relationships will wilt. Making efforts to continue building connections with people will eventually lead to healthy, strong, and positive social environments.
3. STAY HONEST TO YOURSELF AND OTHERS
Honesty is another quality essential to maintaining healthy relationships and a strong social environment. Toxicity is often found in relationships because of a lack of honesty with oneself and others around you. There are many negative outlooks when thinking about relationships that often carry us all away, especially when there has been distrust or betrayal.
Staying transparent and communicating clearly with others will assure healthy bonds with others.
HEALTHY WORK ENVIRONMENTS
Work environments are possibly one of the most important environments we are involved in because of the large amount of time we spend within them. Not having a healthy work environment is one of the contributing factors to the lack of productivity in the workplace.
The well-being of a team or one’s own, as well as motivation and a boost in one’s morale, can take place when fostering a healthy environment at work. These are some steps to consider when establishing a healthy work environment:
1.REWARD AND RECOGNISE
One of the easiest ways to begin establishing a healthy environment in the workplace is rewarding and recognizing other’s work as well as your own.
This step will remain the worker’s spirits up and will avoid projects and work from becoming automatic and tedious tasks. Reminding your team, and yourself of their value can go a long way in increasing morale.
3. MAINTAIN A COMFORTABLE SPACE
We all spend a lot of time in our workplace as aforementioned. Having a safe and comfortable space where to work and function adds to the overall worker’s satisfaction.
Keeping the office space clean with good decorations, perhaps painted green, and constant clean airflow, work in maintaining one’s personal space comfortably.
4. ESTABLISH CONNECTIONS & COMMUNICATION
Building a foundation of honesty, trust, encouragement, and communication is essential in stimulating a healthy work environment. Having these qualities in a workplace and throughout teams creates a healthy work environment where people can thrive.
Because of the significant time that we spend in a workplace, it is likely that personal life will at some point interfere with work – meaning that it is important to establish communication and comfortable connections with the people around you to facilitate understanding.
HEALTHY HOME ENVIRONMENTS
Home and personal environments are essential to the wellbeing and overall health of people. Understanding that personal time and healthy personal spaces are just as essential as healthy social relationships and work environments are crucial to good mental and physical health.
The following basic tips intend to guide you within home environments to explore your personal space and inner relationships.
1.STAY CLEAN AND ORGANIZED
Staying clean and organized inside of your home is an easy and effective way to keep your home space under control. Having a comfortable space and environment satisfies our need for security and safety.
2.GIVE YOURSELF TIME
Understanding that time to relax and process a day’s activities is just as important as working and participating in everyday tasks is essential for healthy personal environments. Giving yourself time to process things you learned or things that concern you helps with one’s well-being and mental health.
3. BE AWARE OF YOUR INNER SELF
Along with physical spaces around your home, considering your inner environment is a crucial step too. Realizing self-efficacy, optimism, and a sense of control are characteristics linked to good health and they can be constantly practiced through inner awareness.
Setting goals and trying to find solutions to one’s struggle takes you on the right path to self-understanding and inner awareness.
The combination of social, work and personal environments are contributing elements to the overall wellbeing of people and their relationships, inside and outside the social realm.
Creating and maintaining healthy environments within the three spaces previously mentioned can lead to a more positive outlook in life.