Throughout the day, we may experience many phone calls, emails to check, errands to run, deadlines to meet, and more. The day is filled with so many activities, and in between each one we are driving from one place to another, attempting to get it all done. Most of us tend to get into “automatic” or “zombie” mode – simply rushing through the motions without putting much thought into each movement we make. Is this hurting our mental health? What else are we doing throughout the day that’s discreetly damaging our mental health?
- Avoiding exercise. Physical activity can play a pivotal role in enhancing our mood, and can also ease some of the symptoms of anxiety, depression, and stress. Try walking for at least 15-20 minutes each day to begin.
- Ignoring clutter. Messes can cause stress, because our physical environment often serves as a representation of our world and how we view experiences. Too many phone and computer wires? Find a storage box for them. Too many knickknacks? Get some organization so that each has a home.
- Not getting enough sleep. A lack of sleep can take a toll on perception and judgment; many studies have also shown that people who sleep poorly are at greater risk for many diseases.
- Drinking too much. Alcohol depresses the central nervous system, which can cause your mood to decline as well. Although alcohol can cause sleepiness, it can also cause you to wake up in the middle of the night and get less refreshing sleep.
- Comparing yourself to others. When we compare ourselves to others, we have trouble appreciating what we do have, which can lead to further sadness and depression. Studies have shown that even simple exercises such as writing your gratitude in a journal or writing an appreciative letter to loved ones can help increase satisfaction, optimism, and happiness.
- Obsessive thinking. Replaying old, unproductive thoughts can be very damaging to your health. It causes stress and anxiety, as we aimlessly try to find a reason or a solution to thoughts that no longer matter.
Make the decision to, each day, focus on making choices that will benefit your mental health. By implementing small steps each day to counteract the things that stress us most, we have higher chances of increasing our happiness and health.
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