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Habits and Behaviours that Sabotage your Mental Health

Our routine patterns, behaviours and habits have a big impact on our mood. Take a look at the habits and behaviours that undermine mental health.

Mental Health By Himanshu Sharma / Nov 21, 2014

Worst Habits for Mental Health

More than distressing life events, our routine patterns, behaviours and habits have a big impact on our mood and undermine our mental health. The small choices we make have an effect on the mood more than you may realize. For example, the way you walk could be sabotaging your mood. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

You don't Get Out and Move Enough

A study published in JAMA Psychiatry suggests engaging in physical activity three times a week to decrease the risk of depression. The study at the University College London researchers found a correlation between physical activity and depression. It was found that people who were depressed were less likely to be active, while those who were active were less likely to be depressed. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

Can’t Live without Internet and Phone

The world has become technology-driven. Technological aids (the internet and smartphones) have become integral part of modern life and are fast becoming a necessity. We are on it all the time and our brains don’t get enough time to shut-and-rest. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

You Procrastinate

It has become your habit to put things off for later. Every chore and task seems boring to you and you just don't feel like doing it when you must. It adds on, makes you anxious and puts a lot of pressure on your brain. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

You are a Workaholic

One of the major reasons for mental problems these days is the imbalance between work and life. When you are not able to balance the two, the chances of getting stressed-out and developing serious mental health problems increase significantly. Set aside time for family and hobbies too. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

You Multitask

You might think multitasking is a great exercise for the brain, but it can leave you stressed out. It isn’t the best thing you can do for your mental health as the brain can find it difficult to process many things at a time. If you are eating, put down the phone and turn off the television. Pay attention to eating after shutting your brain for everything else. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

You let People Bully You

If you are continuously targeted by bullies, the chances are that you will become emotionally volatile. Bullying is a gradual wearing down process; don’t let a bully get the best of you. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

Slouching while Walking

You may think how there is a connection between slouching and mental health, but there is. A study published in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry claims that slouching can make one experience bad moods. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

You don't actually Share with Anyone

You may be sabotaging your mental health if you don’t sit in the same room with someone, and talk with them face-to-face. Social media is a great channel to stay in touch with friends, but virtual conversations don’t do any good to your brain. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

You don't Sleep for 7-8 Hours

Sleep affects one’s emotional and mental capabilities along with the body functions. It is during sleep that our brain shuts down and rest. If you don’t take proper rest, the mental malfunction is bound to happen. Try to create a restful environment and get a good night’s sleep every day. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)

Binge Drinking

Drinking too much can have negative effects on the nervous system. Alcohol slows you down and sometimes, drags your mood down as well. Binge drinking can cause less-refreshing sleep. It is time to limit your intake to moderate levels. (Image source:Gettyimages.in)


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