What would you say if I asked you what you thought damages mental health? While most people might think in terms of big things, like trauma, abuse, and so on, there are a lot of small things that we do that majorly impact our mental health.
Many of these small things that destroy our mental health are quite common and even commonly accepted. However, if you want to find peace, and find change, it might be time to change some things. With that said, I understand that stopping these things may not entirely fix your mental health problems, but you most certainly will see an improvement.
Here are 7 small things that majorly impact your mental health.
1. Constant social media scrolling.
Social media scrolling is not good for your mental health, especially if you do it constantly. Yes, it’s fine to scroll sometimes, but if you find yourself spending hours on your phone it can impact your mental health.
2. Comparing yourself to others.
It’s far too easy to compare yourself to others these days. One-click on an app, and you are instantly able to access anyone you want, along with their highlight reel. However, at the end of the day, you are comparing yourself to what others allow you to see, not the reality.
We often procrastinate, thinking it makes life easier. But, procrastination is no hack. Instead, it merely causes you more anxiety as you wait until the last moment to get the task done.
4. Eating a nutrient-lacking diet.
No, a perfect diet won’t solve all of your problems, but having a nutrient-dense diet can most certainly help. Think about it: your body needs to be in good shape to handle what life throws at it and needs rest to heal. Nutrition-dense food ensures your body is working at peak performance.
5. Avoid exercise.
It might seem like exercise is stressful, but actually, exercise can make your stress much easier to deal with. Not only does it build resilience, but it also encourages your body to create endorphins and produce serotonin, both of which are necessary for good mental health.
Perfection isn’t possible. So, if your aim is perfection, you will be surely disappointed every time.
7. Too much alcohol.
Alcohol is one of those things that we do, thinking it will benefit us. Yes, momentarily, alcohol may ease anxiety, but if you are drinking it often, it can cause anxiety and depression. Remember, alcohol is something that only helps in moderation, not excess.