Habits that can hurt your mental health

If you feel like your mental health is depleting, it is always best to seek medical diagnosis from a licensed mental health professional. This post is meant to raise self-awareness.


1. Perfectionism

Would you describe yourself as a perfectionist?

Being a perfectionist, on the good side, can ensure that everything you do is done to the highest possible standards. This can make you very valuable be it at your workplace, in school, or even at home. However, if your perfectionism is making you set standards that are too high or impossible to reach, or giving you the constant feeling that anything you do that doesn’t meet the standard is a failure, then your mental health can be at risk with this habit. It may even lead to self-uncertainty, distress, the fear of failure, and the fear of being judged. Your self-esteem and confidence might even take the heavy hit of your high expectations.

2. Lack of physical exercise

When was the last time you had a good physical exercise?

Doing exercises are not only good for sustaining good physical health, but it can also benefit your mental health.

According to researches, physical exercises can help you maintain your mental health through the chemical and hormonal reactions in your body. When you exercise, your body releases endorphins that suppress chemicals or radicals that can cause depression, anxiety and stress. So, you may want to consider adding exercise to your daily routine to improve your mood.

3. Overuse of social media

How much time do you spend scrolling through social media?

According to Child Mind Institute, the overuse of social media can promote anxiety and lead to issues hurting one’s self-esteem in teenagers and adults. Perhaps you’re scrolling through your Instagram or Facebook, and you see posts of people you envy. You, then, start comparing your life to theirs. This habit of looking at other people’s highlights might lead to insecurity and self-doubts.

4. Taking life too seriously

When you make a small mistake, do you spend time grueling over that little issue? Or do you just laugh that small matter off?

According to numerous researches, laughter can benefit both your physical and mental health. This is because laughter also releases endorphins and lessens your stress hormones. So, next time, maybe you want to try looking at funny side of things as it may help you put things into perspective. Also, it can improve your mental health and well-being.

5. Not sleeping enough

How much sleep do you usually get? Do you sacrifice your sleep to get things done at work? Do you sacrifice your sleep to get your homework done?

Lack of sleep makes it very difficult for your brain cells to communicate effectively.

A study shows that 60-90% of people suffering from depression also suffer from insomnia. Lack of sleep prevents your body and brain to recover from the stresses of the day. And if this builds up over time, the state of your body and mind will worsen.

6. Regretting too often

Do you spend a lot of time thinking about what you should’ve done or said? Do you dwell a lot about what has happened in the past? Do you regret about opportunities you could’ve taken? Or a relationship you wished you didn’t let go of?

Whatever it is, too much rumination of the past can definitely affect your mental well-being. Although it’s normal to have regrets about the past, having the habit to get stuck in those negative thoughts and feelings can lead to depression, anxiety and the development of sleep problems.

So, did you relate to any of the six? I did. But it’s something I can change or manage. And that’s my hope for you, as well. If you did relate to any of the six, then take charge of your life and build healthy habits for yourself.

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