12 Worst Habits For Your Mental Health

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Your Habits and Your Mental Health: Depression is usually brought on by factors beyond our control—the death of a loved one, a job loss, or financial troubles. But the small choices you make every day may also affect your mood more than you may realize. Your social media habits, exercise routine, and even the way you walk may be sucking the happiness out of your day, and you may not even know it. Luckily, these behaviors can be changed. Read on for 12 waysyou’re sabotaging your good moods, and what you can do to turn it around.

slouch-bad-posture 1. You slouch when you walk: How we feel can affect the way we walk, but the inverse is also true. According to the study published in the Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, people who walked in the slouchy style remembered more negative things rather than positive things.


2.You take pictures of EVERYTHING: Instagram queens, listen up. Haphazardly snapping pictures may hamper how you remember those moments. A study published in Psychological Science showed people had a harder time remembering the items they photographed compared with the ones they looked at.

work-bully 3. You’re letting a bully get the best of you: Bullying doesn’t end when you leave school. Approximately 54 million workers, or 35% of U.S. employees, are targeted by a bully at some point in their careers, according to the Workplace Bullying Institute. More than 70% of people have witnessed a workplace bully, says Erin K. Leonard, PhD, a practicing psychotherapist and author of the book, Emotional Terrorism: Breaking the Chains of a Toxic RelationshipThe Workplace Bullying Institute recommends you first make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your physical and mental health. Then, after you’ve carefully documented as many of your interactions as possible, follow the organization’s action plan.


4. You don’t exercise: If you become more active three times a week, your risk of being depressed decreases 19%, according to a new study in JAMA Psychiatry.


procrastinate 5. You procrastinate: Think about a task you’ve been putting off. If the reason is because it’s boring or you just don’t feel like doing it, well, we can’t help you there. But if you’re avoiding the task because it makes you anxious or because you’re afraid of failing, then procrastinating just makes completing it more nerve-wracking.


unsupportive-relationship 6. You’re in a toxic relationship: Sometimes it takes years for people to realize that their depression and their anxiety comes from their relationships and that they have been dismantled.



7. You take life too seriously: You trip on a crack in the sidewalk, and instead of shrugging it off, you cower with embarrassment. If that sounds like you, it’s time to find some ways to laugh more.


sleep-enough 8. You don’t sleep: “Sleep affects everything,” says Diedra L. Clay, PsyD, chair and associate professor of the counseling and health psychology department at Bastyr University, “emotional and mental capabilities, as well as our bodies’ functioning. Sleep is our body’s way of regenerating and without it the system malfunctions.”


alone-tim 9. You’re never alone: Between kids, work, marriage, and other activities, you can’t find a moment to be alone (and locking yourself in the bathroom doesn’t count). Leonard stresses the importance of finding time for yourself, whether it is 10 minutes, an hour, or a day. Without taking the time to do things for yourself, depression and anxiety creep in, says Leonard.



10. You don’t actually talk to anyone: If you primarily use texting, Facebook, and other social media to stay in touch with friends, you’re not having meaningful contact—and chatting up the Starbucks barista every morning doesn’t count. “Facebook pages are entertainment,” Clay says. “These are not true conversations that allow us to understand people. Instead, it lessens our experiences and feelings.” Michael Mantell, PhD, a behavioral sciences coach based in San Diego, Calif., agrees. “Personal electronics (like smartphones) have also impacted attention, demands for immediate gratification, and expectations that the press of a button can lead to instantaneous connection,” Mantell says. “We have also learned to not have face-to-face connections, only virtual. This impacts our ability and interest in sitting in the same room with someone, and actually talk with people face-to-face.”


addicted-to-phone- 12. You can’t live without your mobile phone: When was the last time that you were completely electronic-device free? Can’t remember? Not a good sign. “With all the devices we have, it tends to overstimulate us,” Clay says. “And if we are always on, then we never truly rest and regenerate our bodies and our minds.” Eventually, this can manifest itself as depression or anxiety.


Attribution: The original article was posted by Carey Rossi in Health. Copyright © 2016 Health Media Ventures, Inc. All rights reserved.

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