There are some day-to-day practices that often hamper our mental health. Being in a toxic relationship, or living in a dysfunctional family can often be unequivocal reasons behind someone’s deteriorating mental health. There are often some ‘seemingly harmless’ everyday habits that can also impact our mental health in the long run. Some of them are listed below:
Overexposure to social media:
So many times we find ourselves obsessing with the ‘perfect’ life of a ‘celebrity or of a close acquaintance because of the way that person presents his/her life on social media platforms. Oftentimes we compare our life with other people’s lives, a habit that can make us insecure and self-conscious. Statistics show that more than 3 hours of social media per day put adolescents at a higher risk of mental health problems.
Perfectionism is a trait that often makes an individual extremely valuable in the workplace or in a social circle. Perfectionists are people who want to accomplish everything in the highest possible standards, starting from setting a table or finishing a project. Perfectionism often stems from internal fears like fear of failure or criticism. So, perfectionists often lose their grasp on reality when things happen contrary to their expectations.
Depriving yourself of sleep:
Good sleep and sound mental health go hand in hand. Brain cells need proper rest to function. While it’s not a rare practice to sleep before an important test or a crucial interview, turning it into a habit will crumple your mental health in the long run. Studies have shown, people with insomnia are more sensitive to mental health disorders like depression and anxiety.
Always being serious:
If you are the person who gets seriously offended by a harmless joke, gets flustered easily, and often criticizes yourself for making silly mistakes, I’m talking about you. Having a sense of dignity is important, but constantly being serious about every single thing can make you grumpy and bitter. We have all heard that laughter is the best medicine, but why? Laughing releases endorphins in our system which decreases the levels of stress hormones. So, next time you end up saying ‘except’ instead of ‘accept’ in front of your class, give your ‘overthinking’ mind a break, and indulge in those endorphins.
It is not unusual to regret the time you said some harsh words to a loved one or the time you gave up a good job offer. While it is human nature to regret the past, we need to remember that no amount of regret can reverse events that had occurred in the past. Dwelling on such negative emotions can often lead to depression. So, maybe now is the time to forgive that person against whom you have been holding a grudge for a long time.
Written by: Salsabil Aziz
Salsabil Aziz is a writer and PR officer at Pensive Stories.