5 Daily Habits that Take a Toll on Your Mental Health

Many of us strive to maintain optimal physical health but pay little attention to our mental health. Luckily, the habits that improve our physical health also tend to lead to better mental health.

Unlike physical health, it’s hard to tell when your mental health is deteriorating. Some of your daily habits may be ruining your mental health, and you may not realize it until you suffer depression or a cognitive condition, such as dementia. That’s why it’s very important to know the daily habits that take a toll on your mental health.

1. Staying Indoors All Day

Staying indoors all day has a few disadvantages. For one, you don’t get sunlight exposure, and as you may know, sunlight helps boost your mood.

Secondly, you don’t get to walk. Research has linked walking to better mental health. It eases stress, fights depression and boosts your mood.

Staying indoors also reduces your chances of interacting with people. Talking to others breaks the cycle of repetitive thoughts that can lead to depression in some people.

You don’t have to stay indoors all day just because you work from home. Go for walks during your lunch break and join local clubs. Read this article for tips on how to stay active while working from home.

2. Drinking too Much Coffee

Coffee has many health benefits; it has even been shown to promote longevity. But when it comes to coffee, the old adage applies—too much of a good thing is bad for you.

Research shows heavy coffee-drinking can lead to depression, anxiety, headaches and restlessness. Also, drinking coffee later in the day can lead to insomnia, which can harm your mental health.

Limit your intake to three cups a day, and avoid drinking coffee six hours before bed. You should also avoid other caffeinated drinks, such as caffeinated teas and energy drinks.

3. Overusing Social Media

Do you usually scroll down your Facebook or Instagram timeline before jumping out of bed in the morning? This habit may have a negative effect on your mental health.

Many people admit that using social media makes them anxious. Research has also confirmed that using social media increases the risk of depression and anxiety.

Cut back on the time you spend on social media and use that time to meditate and read—habits that can boost your mental health.

4. Taking Life too Seriously

We all know people who can’t laugh at themselves when they make a mistake. Or maybe you’re that person who feels embarrassed when you trip instead of shrugging it off. Beating yourself up every time you make a small mistake leads to negative self-talk and depression.

Everyone makes mistakes, so learn to laugh at yourself when you make one. There’s a lot of evidence showing that laughter eases depression and anxiety.

5. Staying Inactive All Day

A sedentary lifestyle doesn’t just expand your waistline, it can also ruin your mental health. Exercise has a big impact on mood. It can even help you get out of depression.

If you’re out of shape, don’t try to do hard workouts right away. Use simple workouts such as the walking challenge or the stair climbing challenge to improve your fitness.

Do you engage in any of these habits? How do you feel about their potential impact on your mental health? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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52 comments

Ruth R
Ruth R1 months ago

I like the suggestions for many situations.

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Marija M
Marija M2 months ago

tks for sharing this

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Paulo R
Paulo R2 months ago

ty

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Teresa W
Teresa W2 months ago

Jessica, and painting one's nails, eating, watching TV, etc. at the same time. :-D

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Teresa W
Teresa W2 months ago

Fortunately, I avoid doing the above.

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Helen C
Helen C2 months ago

Thanks of sharing

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Jessica K
Jessica K2 months ago

6. Multitasking. Drinking coffee, checking your status, texting and driving at the same time usually don't work out so well for mental health. Thanks.

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Shirley Plowman
Shirley Plowman2 months ago

GOOD INFO

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Dr. Jan Hill
Dr. Jan H2 months ago

thanks

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Mike R
Mike R2 months ago

Thanks

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