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How Does Housing Affect Your Mental Health

When you’re treating a mental health disorder, meeting your basic needs can vastly improve your daily symptoms. One of those needs involves having a clean, safe space that you can find comfort in.

For those managing a , Mental Health Disorder, housing that is clean, safe, and supportive can have a significant impact on their recovery. It can reduce stress as they build skills and healthy relationships by serving as a home base that is comfortable and secure.

To illustrate how someone’s living space affects their mental health, we’ve gathered our experts to further explain the importance of supportive housing and tips to make this living space even more welcoming and safe.

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How Does Your Living Space Affect Your Mental Health?

Our homes are usually a key indicator of how our physical and mental health is doing. It might be uncomfortable to directly link any issues you’re facing to the safety and security of your living space. In addition to being linked to physical or mental health problems, disorganization and disarray in your home can also be a trigger that makes you feel worse.

Mental Health disorders in particular put the body and mind through an enormous amount of stress. While your home doesn’t have to be perfectly clean and organized, a significant amount of disorganization or lack of cleanliness can be a trigger for stress, anxiety, and depression.

When this space is cleaned, organized, and maintained to your liking, it can boost your confidence and improve your well-being overall.

Achieving this state for your living space can be challenging to do alone, especially after you’ve taken your first steps into recovery. To make this part of your life and recovery even easier, we’ve gathered a few tips to make living space even more supportive during recovery:

  1. Create A Substance-Free Space – Substances and items can serve as triggers should be removed from your home. You need a clean and safe space where even the temptation of substances isn’t present.
  2. Establish A Cleaning Routine – Making sure you have a set routine to keep your space cleaned and organized to your liking can improve your overall well-being. If you struggle to begin or maintain a cleaning routine, ask a close friend or family member for help. If the thought of cleaning alone causes stress or anxiety, having them there to either help you clean or simply be present while you clean can be both motivating and easing.
  3. Create A Home Routine – Outside of cleaning, you should keep a consistent routine to ease your mind. In addition to going to school or work, you need to do things that nourish your body and give you a sense of purpose. Eat meals and drink water regularly and find activities that you enjoy both inside and outside of the home.
  4. Keep Your Space Safe – People who are supportive of your goals should be allowed in this safe space you’ve created for yourself. Mutual encouragement and support are key components that can help you build skills and achieve your goals.

Seeking A Supportive Living Space?

At Options Residential, Inc., we offer opportunities for individuals build skills to transition to live in environments that receive professional and community support. To learn more about these supportive living opportunities , please contact our team for more information.

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Please fill out the referral form below. Our Intake Coordinator will contact you to give you further information about services that are available.


Successful Transitions

We are very thoughtful with each transition by making sure that the individual has the right resources and is ready for increased independence, so they can continue to be successful.