The Worst Habits For Your Mental Health
Whether or not you already struggle with something like anxiety or depression, I’m pretty sure all of us have at least a few habits that aren’t too great for our mental health. It happens to the best of us, but just because that’s true doesn’t mean we should try to avoid them when we can!
It’s important to take care of that brain of yours because otherwise they really like to torture us. If you notice yourself with any of these habits, and your mental health isn’t exactly what you would like it to be, consider making some changes!
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Admittedly, some mental health problems, such as depression, can make it harder for you to think positively. Let’s be honest, sometimes it just seems impossible. But the more positively you can think about your life, whether that means keeping a gratitude journal or not immediately thinking of the worst case scenario, the better off, in mental health terms, you are likely to be.
I like to take the fake it til you make it approach. Tell yourself something positive about yourself or your situation even if you don’t believe it. Keep doing telling yourself until it starts to sink in, and one day you’ll wake up to find out you actually mean it.
Again, it’s common to want to hide away from the world when you aren’t feeling so good. The thing is, getting out in the sunlight, meeting up with friends, sharing your problems and just knowing you are not alone are all positives for your mental health. Hideaway and you risk becoming so isolated and so focused on the negatives in your life, that you’re just going to dive headfirst into rock bottom. I’ve spent plenty of time in good ol’ Rock Bottom, and I gotta say, guys – I don’t recommend it.
Drinking and/or Taking Drugs
It’s obvious, but drinking excessively and taking drugs is never going to be good for your health. There’s nothing wrong with having a glass of wine or whatever now and again, socially. Getting drunk can be fun, as long as you’re being safe and responsible, but if you NEED to be wasted just to get through the day, it’s probably time to seek help from a counselor or enroll on a drug rehab program now. The problem will only get worse, and it will take your mental health down with it.
Spending Too Much Time on Social Media
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Social media can be good for people who struggle with their mental health and those with disabilities (like me) who might not be able to get out as much as they would like. It allows us to connect with loved ones and meet new people. At the same time, it can also be really bad when you start spending too much time obsessing over other people’s posts and negatively comparing your life to the lives of your peers.
If you’re prone to doing this, try spending less time on scrolling through the feeds that bum you out and unfollow or mute people for a while if you need to! Social media should be a positive experience, so only look at the stuff that makes you feel better, not worse, while you’re there.
As much as I hate talking about exercise, I can’t deny the value it can have when you’re physically able. When you’re struggling to even find a reason to be alive, let alone get out of bed in the morning, the thought of exercising isn’t a fun one. If you can make yourself do it, it will get your endorphins pumping, which can make a big difference in your mental health. If you struggle to stay motivated, try and work it into your routine until it becomes a habit. Okay, exercise talk over!
Being a Perfectionist
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to do well, but if you expect perfection of yourself every time, you will be disappointed. Eventually, you may work yourself so hard that you become too anxious or depressed to keep doing the thing that you used to love. Good enough really is good enough, so cut yourself some slack.