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6 Ways of Worsening Your Mental Health
We typically share tips on improving some aspect of our lives—embracing change, making our homes a zen space, supporting small businesses in our communities. This issue, we’re listing the things you might already be doing that are holding back your happiness.
SLEEP IRREGULAR HOURS
Studies have shown that consistent, sufficient sleep has so many health benefits including promoting mental and emotional resilience, whereas bad sleep habits are linked to depression and anxiety. But what are you going to do—not stay up rewatching Brooklyn Nine-Nine? What if the next one is a Halloween episode?
JUST SIT THERE
It’s no secret that activity is good for your physical health, but it’s extremely important for your mental health too. Sedentary lifestyles have been shown to contribute to stress, depression and diminished well-being. You might not be able run from your problems, but trying to do just that is better than curling up on the couch beside them.
STARE AT YOUR PHONE
Social media provides non-stop news algorithmically-selected to raise your blood pressure and displays envy-inducing, deceptively curated versions of other people’s lives. No surprise, neither are great for you. Beyond that, filling pockets of boredom by constantly checking our phones prevents us from using our downtime to process our thoughts and feelings—but isn’t there an app that can do that for us?
SPREAD YOURSELF TOO THIN
Saying yes and agreeing to plans feels good in the moment, but constantly filling your schedule can wear you down over time, leading to exhaustion and a weakened immune system. The constant feeling of not being in control of your time and not allowing yourself space to recharge will have similarly harmful effects on your mental state. Start saying no and replace your FOMO with BOTO (Benefits of Time Off).
DWELL ON THE PAST
Overthinking and obsessing about past events, also called rumination, is especially common among the anxiety prone. Since we can’t change the past, this is obviously not productive and can lead to neglecting the present-day situation. Difficult as it can be, when these thoughts come to mind, try to focus on where you’re headed next. After all, you can’t drive safely while staring in the rear-view mirror.
BURY YOUR FEELINGS
Suppressing your emotions is only a temporary solution. And holding things in can cause additional health problems. Talking through your feelings with a professional or someone you trust allows you to process things in a safer, more productive way, rather than having it all come out at once. It’s definitely preferable to the standard alternative method—creating a huge scene at your cousin’s wedding.
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