In the times of increasing mental health issues among people, it is very necessary to learn every aspect in detail. You never know who is hurting and who is not. Being kind to one and all is the best way to avoid future guilt. Help the ones you think are struggling in silence.
Here are six habits that can hurt your mental health.
Do you often describe yourself as a perfectionist? Being a perfectionist would make you give your 100% in everything. Well on the positive side it may serve you as a boon as it will uplift your image and make you an absolute person. However if your perfectionism is making you set standards that are impossible to reach or make you constantly feel like anything worse than perfect is a complete failure, then it may hurt your mental health. It will develop more anxiety and your own self esteem and self confidence will take a hit because of the unrealistic standards you set for yourself.
2. LACK OF PHYSICAL EXERCISE
Exercise is not only beneficial for your physical self but will also help you mentally.Research says that the chemical and hormonal reactions in you body will make you feel good mentally and light headed. When you work out, the body releases endorphins which are responsible for reducing the chemicals that cause depression, anxiety, and stress. Make sure to exercise for at least 30 minutes.
3. OVERUSE OF SOCIAL MEDIA
The overuse of social media can harm your mental health as it can promote anxiety and lead to issues with self esteem in youths and adults. You happen to compare your life to others. This habit will bring doubts and insecurity that will worsen your entire mood.
4. TAKING LIFE TOO SERIOUSLY
If you ever happen to make a mistake, and you end up reflecting on your mistake and feeling guilty rather than taking it easy or laughing it out, then it effects your mental health on a large scale. Study says that laughing a lot can help in the betterment of both physical and mental health as the body releases endorphins and suppress your stress hormones. So take it all easy!!
5. NOT GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP
Sometimes you may get caught up in your work that can make you sacrifice your good sleep, but that has a negative effect on your mind. Lack of sleep makes it super hard for your brain cells to communicate properly. Most of the people suffering from depression also suffer from Insomnia. Lack of sleep prevents your body as well as your mind from resting and recovering from the chores and the stress of the previous day. Due to this the state of your body and mind will worsen in the future.
6. REGRETTING VERY OFTEN
If you spend a lot of your time thinking of the mistakes or mishaps from the past and regret doing them, then it negatively affects your mental well being. Its normal to feel regret once in a blue moon but making it a habit will make you more prone to depression.
No matter what you are going through right now, know that you are not alone!
Reach out to people when in need. Take care of yourself!
Article by : Haniah Mirza