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HomeHealthHealth Tips: Can Pollution Impact Mental Health? Find Out Here

Health Tips: Can Pollution Impact Mental Health? Find Out Here

Air pollution is not only harmful for our physical health but also mental health, affecting overall well-being

Health Tips: The rise in pollutants and other toxins in the air is leading to a variety of issues. These include numerous cardiovascular, neurovascular and respiratory problems. Therefore, these toxins are extremely harmful to the body when inhaled. However, these also have several harmful effects on mental health as well. Therefore, clean air is not only crucial for physical well-being but also for mental. However, its effects can be short-term or even long-term.


Air pollution in the ozone contains particles that are known to be stress-inducing in human bodies. This results in the production of cytokine in the brain, causing oxidative stress.


An increase in air pollution leads to inflammation in the body. Therefore, high levels of inflammation lead to the development of depression.

Increased risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Increased exposure to pollution can lead to neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. This is because air pollution affects the cognitive functioning of the body which may lead to symptoms of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Affects the quality of sleep

Air pollution increases the risk of forming sleep apnea. This not only affects physical health, the lack of good quality sleep affects mental well-being as well.

Social isolation

In places with extreme pollution, the environment becomes so toxic that it becomes difficult to step out. During these times, the lack of social life can cause isolation, which may further lead to other mental health issues.

How to prevent mental health problems during these times?

  • Journaling is a great way of regulating your emotions and frustrations
  • Invest in good air purifiers in the house
  • Keep plants around the house that purify the air naturally
  • Wear a pollution care mask when stepping outside
  • Eat healthy, drink a lot of water and exercise regularly.

Disclaimer – This material, including advice, provides general information only. It is in no way a substitute for a qualified medical opinion. Take the methods, and claims mentioned in this article as suggestions only; DNP India does not confirm or refute them. Consult a doctor before implementing any such suggestions/ treatment/medicine/diet.  

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