The Worst Habits For Your Mental Health

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If you’re trying to focus on creating a positive and healthy attitude toward managing your mental health both in the present and future, then you need to be aware of not only what you can do to live a happier life — you also need to think about what you need to avoid. There are some habits, both mental and physical, that are going to wreak havoc on your emotional and mental state if you let them. Here are some to be aware of — and what you can do to combat them effectively.

Self-Criticism

Anyone who has sought treatment for issues like depression or an anxiety disorder can tell you that their experience in therapy often comes back to how they see and treat themselves. This isn’t to say that they are at fault for their own experiences, as often these self-perceptions can stem from negative personal interactions, like in bullying or toxic relationships, but then people often internalize those experiences.

Learning to be kind to yourself, such as keeping lists of what you’re grateful about in your own life; recording your achievements (even the little ones); and getting in touch with your inner child through therapy can all be of great help.

Isolation

Loneliness and isolation are incredibly bad for your mental health in a wide variety of ways. Not only are you more likely to feel depressed, anxious, or stressed when you are isolated, but there is plenty of evidence that associates isolation with the cognitive decline that occurs with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. We are living in an increasingly lonely and isolated time, perhaps due to the pandemic; the diminishing of previous work structures; and even the wide availability of the internet.

However, the internet can be a positive force, especially when it comes to finding hobby groups. For adults, it’s one of the best ways to find social opportunities outside of the workplace, school, family, or your current circle of friends.

Procrastination

When it comes to achieving your work, academic, or personal goals, procrastination is obviously going to be a major enemy that should be stamped out. Keep in mind that its effects go beyond the current goal that you are working toward. Those feelings of losing time, while getting no closer to lifting a responsibility off your shoulders; the sense of blowing an opportunity; and the damage it can do to your reputation all can greatly harm your self-esteem and self-image.

In response, you can either scale back the amount of responsibility that you’re taking on, if you’re trying to deal with too much, or you can take a more organized approach to schedule your day and get distractions and other sources of procrastination out of your way. Achieving your goals is great for your emotional health, so find ways to make them happen.

Addiction

Addiction will impact your life in countless ways; many of which you are not aware of when in its thralls. It’s going to interrupt your social relationships; get in the way of your responsibilities; and affect your physical health. Of course, addiction to harmful substances may have the most deadly consequences, but all addictions can cause serious health issues.

For that reason, if you think that you are grappling with an addiction or even in danger of falling into that spiral, then you need to find helpful resources, like drug rehab centers. Regardless of what your addiction might be, the sooner that you admit that you have a problem that you need help with — the better your outcomes are likely to be.

Mindlessness

A lot of people do not establish habits that allow themselves to be more aware of what is affecting their mood, as well as giving attention to how their mood affects their behavior. Without such habits, daily activities can grow to be very frustrating, stressful, and can lead to episodes of self-loathing, in which people think there is “just something wrong with them.”

Nonetheless, mindfulness can teach us to become more cognizant of our own behaviors; how we react to our psychological triggers; and our own shortcomings. These cognitive strategies can lead us to think about them — and then research how to improve our well-being. Mindfulness meditation is one of the best strategies for learning mindfulness. You can’t exactly self-diagnose and self-cure when it comes to all of your habits, but you can become much more aware of your own behaviors, which leads to change.

Lack Of Self-Care

Just as we should love ourselves and be kind to ourselves — we also need to invest in care for ourselves. This includes being aware of when we just need to take a break; to relax; or indulge in something that makes us feel good. However, it also includes making those tough choices and ensuring that we’re doing the right thing for our health.

For instance, exercise is vital for good mental health. It’s a mood booster; helps our self-esteem by improving our body; and offers us the ability to feel achievement and momentum in raising our quality of life. Keep in mind that a lack of fitness — and the health issues that come along with that — undoubtedly be very harmful to our mental and emotional health.

Social Media Fixation

Social media has changed the way that we think and communicate — perhaps irreversibly. For example, some people feel an urge to post and compete online, that is, to frame their life in the best possible terms. Others might fixate on online conflicts that, while having little direct impact on their day-to-day lives, can greatly affect their moods.

The overuse of social media addiction is as much of a mental health concern as any other challenge that people could face. It’s not always about the idea of a person keeping themselves away from the “real world,” although that too can be a concern. The root of the problem is that social media makes it easy for us to fixate on harmful behaviors, as well as engage with turbulent emotions.

Take a long, considerate look at your daily habits. Once you are able to figure out what is getting in the way of your well-being, then you can take steps to protect both your mental and physical health in the future.

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