How Does My Environment Affect My Health?

February 26, 2018

How Does My Environment Affect My Health?

Even if you are eating healthy and trying to exercise, you may find that you don’t feel healthy. Your health doesn’t just depend on healthy habits; it is also influenced by where you live and what you do every day. Here are a few things that may be negatively affecting your health.

Stress on Your Body

Stress isn’t always a bad thing. In small amounts, it can motivate you to do better and to reach your potential. However, many of us aren’t good at managing our stress, and we end up with too much stress to handle well. Stress keeps your body in a constant “fight or flight” response, which can lead to headaches, insomnia, ulcers, and a lowered immune system.

Stress can also make existing problems worse, as you obsess over the little things that wouldn’t necessarily bother you. If you find yourself overly stressed, try to identify what is causing the stress so you can address the problem. You can also try meditation or counseling to relieve your stress and help you relax.


Pollution has a huge effect on your body and how you are feeling. It can make it harder to breathe, especially if you already have respiratory problems, and in some extreme cases, it can actually make you very sick. Even if you are not affected physically by pollution on a noticeable level, the effects will begin to show. According to ASEA, toxins and environmental stress actually diminish our cellular function and quality of life. If you live in an area that is heavily polluted, you may also find that your moods are worse when the pollution is heaviest, as it blocks out some of the sun and the Vitamin D that you need.

While you can’t avoid pollution entirely, there are a few things that you can do. If possible, carpool or bike to places that you need to go to. If there is a pollution warning, spend as little time outside as possible, and consider wearing a mask if you are having trouble breathing.

Sitting Too Much

Even if you are exercising regularly, your body may not be doing as well as you want it to because of daily habits. As a whole, we spend a lot more time sitting down than is healthy, whether we are at work or in school and many people aren’t sitting with good posture. This can lead to higher blood pressure, obesity, and heart problems. While we can’t avoid sitting down entirely, you can take breaks to walk around or use a standing desk. If you have to sit down, try to sit up straight and avoid snacking.


It’s important to realize there is more to your health than just eating right and exercising. Your body needs a lot of help, so do what you can to make sure that you are relieving stress and avoiding things that can cause more problems in the long run.