What do the Categories Mean?
- Home Environment
- Am I safe? Do I have the space I need? Do I enjoy being home? Do I take care of my home? Do I recycle?
- Work/School Environment
- Am I able to focus where I work? Do I have the tools I need to learn and work?
- City Where you Live
- Do I like the city where I live? Does my community help me to feel stronger?
- Fun and Leisure
- Do I take time to do things just for fun? Do I play? Do I take time to relax?
- Do I make a priority of spending time with my friends? Do my friends appreciate me? Do I have at least a few close friends?
- Indoor Activities
- Do I participate in indoor activities such as cooking, basketball, gym, or other indoor activities?
- Clean and Organized Environment
- Do you take time to appreciate the environment around you? Is your home and work environment clean and cared for? Do you take pride in your surroundings?
- Outdoor Activities
- Do you get enough fresh air, fresh water, and sunshine? Do I get outside everyday by walking, sitting on a bench, or other outdoor activity?
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Maintaining a healthy home environment is central to increasing quality of life and years of healthy living. A "healthy" home also involves everything from a sound emotional environment, effective communication among family members, and decisions regarding food, activity, and television viewing that occurs in the home.
- Maintain healthy communication skills and a lifestyle with your family;
- Create a healthy physical environment: smoke-free, remove indoor toxins, etc.;
- Make healthy nutritional choices for yourself and your family;
- Create positive spaces through the use of art, plants, arranging furniture, etc.; and
- Create a routine of doing things that you enjoy in your home space.
Healthy and organized work and school environments effect our performance and productivity.
- Rearrange your work or study space to reflect “you”;
- Limit or eliminate social media from your work and school environment;
- Figure out what effects your mood and ability focus and implement it in your work and school environment (i.e. lighting, music, room layout); and
- Determine what times of days and under what conditions you are most productive.
City Where you Live
Maintaining a connection to and respect for the community where you live contributes to both your personal and community’s overall wellbeing. A sense of place can make you feel strong, confident and bring you a sense of belong.
- Connect to your community through volunteering;
- Do something new in your community every week; and
- Learn more about the history of where you live and where you are from.
Fun and Leisure
Scheduling and committing fun and leisure time is essential to overall health. Physical activity can help control weight, reduce risk for many diseases (heart disease and some cancers), strengthen your bones and muscles, improve your mental health, and increase your chances of living longer.
- Commit to leisure time and specific activities each day;
- Create a new habit based on something you have been wanting to do;
- Create habits;
- Commit to doing something social with friends at least once a week;
- Schedule a weekly “fun” time with a close friend;
- Unplug and do something creative;
- Explore a new park or natural place; and
- Go to an arts or cultural event.
When it comes to happiness, friendships are key. Friendships teach us vital life skills, provide support, help us define priorities, provide companionship, and can influence our thoughts and behaviors.
- Schedule a regular, weekly date with a close friend;
- Write, text or social message a friend at least once a week to let them know how much you appreciate them;
- Get in touch with a friend if you are feeling upset and alone; and
- Make doing positive activities with you friends a priority.
People spend most of their time at home, work, or school. Technology has increasingly dominated our indoor spaces and use of time, but there are myriad healthier, more social options for ways to spend time in our indoor spaces.
- Organize a sports team with friends;
- Join a recreational sports league;
- Take up a new indoor hobby (art, crafts, woodworking, etc.);
- Sit down with a book and read;
- Keep a daily journal; and
- Implement a daily indoor spiritual practice, such as meditation, yoga, or spiritual reading.
Clean and Organized Environment
- Use non-toxic, natural cleaners;
- Maintain a clean and orderly space;
- Reorganize your home and work environment; and
- Incorporate more personal things into your personal spaces (photographs, art, quotes, crafts, etc.)
Increasing studies show that being outside in nature makes people feel more alive. The energizing effects of the physical world and physical activity connect us to nature and nurture a deeper sense of well-being and health.
- Explore and spend time in a natural setting;
- Spend at least 20 minutes outside each day, sitting walking or partaking in another form of exercise;
- Take your lunch outside and get some sun;
- Go outside and boost your vitamin D levels;
- Learn something new about your physical environment (i.e. types of trees and birds, natural and cultural history); and
- Spending time in nature can boost your creativity and cognitive function.