Habits that are probably having a negative impact on your mental health.
And what you can do to break these bad behaviors.
by: Nikki Garcia
Everyone talks about positive mental health habits, but when it comes to bad mental health behaviors, no one ever talks about them. Today, I'm going to share several practices that are most likely damaging your mental health.
Negative Attitude/Bad Mindset
Researchers discovered that the more entrenched a person's opinion of their personality was, the more signs of mental illness they had in a study of university students. Students with a development mentality were also less likely to suffer from anxiety, despair, or perfectionism.
To overcome a negative mentality, determine exactly what needs to be changed. Change your perspective on the situation, and consider how your life might change if you changed your attitude.
Getting insufficient sleep/too much?
Mental health and sleep are inextricably linked. Sleep deprivation has a negative impact on your mental and psychological well-being. In addition, those who suffer from mental illnesses are more prone to suffer from insomnia or other sleep disturbances. Oversleeping, like inadequate sleep, is an indication of sleep disorder. It might be linked to a mental health problem like depression. It's typically an indication of poor sleep quality, and might indicate a clinical sleep condition.
To get sufficient sleep, attempt waking up at the same time every day (set alarms). Limit naps and do some exercise.
Emotional distancing.. unless you’re introverted.
Yes, it's vital to keep a safe distance from individuals outside your family during the pandemic, but it's equally important to interact with others. Humans are social creatures. Isolation or a lack of connection can result in long-term health issues, as well as anxiety, despair, and loneliness.
I think we're all sick of Zoom, but try getting together with a group of pals in the great outdoors or online.
Overusing social media.
A 2018 British study linked social media usage to insomnia, which is linked to depression, memory loss, and poor academic performance. Users' physical health may be impacted much more directly by their usage of social media. Anxiety and sadness can cause nausea, headaches, muscular tightness, and tremors, according to researchers.
You should probably take some time off if you realize it's impacting you. Turn off your alerts and set some boundaries for yourself.