The emotional stress of living with a chronic illness is often compounded by other factors. You might feel like a burden on friends and family members, struggle financially, experience physical limitations, and social isolation.
What can you do to change that and feel happier, more focused, and less stressed in the upcoming year? Since the brain controls everything we do, commanding everything from our thoughts to emotions and movements, it's up to us to take more control over the signals we send it.
In spending time outside and enhancing our connectedness to nature, nature decreases loneliness, builds resilience, and provides opportunities for self-care. So let's take a closer look at nature's mental health benefits.
Relationships and social wellness are critical components of our mental and physical health. We need a strong social network to provide support through hardships and everyday challenges. Not only that, but good social wellness helps us to be more resilient and respond better in the face of stress.