For many decades, people survived with ignored mental health issues and suffered in silence. Fortunately, mental health is now emerging at the forefront of recognition and discussion in psychological circles.
With the already apparent mental health crisis in our society, the pandemic was no help. There has been a recent rise in anxiety and depression over the past year.
Still, people suffer behind closed doors. Many times with a bottle to dull or forget their pain, or with a mountain of comfort foods!
Here are some everyday habits that will only increase your risk for depression.
7. Not Taking Care of Yourself
The order of business is to take care of yourself. If you don’t do this, you can’t take care of anyone or anything proficiently. Not exercising and eating right, and burning the midnight oil too often, will make you feel lethargic and unwell.
If you are also in the habit of putting others before you, it might be time to start investing in yourself. Set time aside every day to move your body and do activities that fuel your soul. When you feel good on the inside, you’ll be in an uplifting and positive mood.
6. Too Much Time Alone
It’s excellent to have your me-time—time to relax, reflect and do you. However, there is such thing as too much alone time. You end up isolating yourself from the rest of the world, and that is no good.
It is time to get up and face the world again. If you spend too much time in solitude, you can reverse the benefits of taking time alone to recharge. We are social creatures and thrive off of the energy of others.
Dr.Susan Heitler, a Clinical Psychologist, recommends forming strong friendships and relationships with others. It is the best strategy to overcome depression. Connecting with others is a positive emotional exchange. Give and receive joy by experiencing life with good people.
5. Too Much Processed Food
Snacking on some tasty chips and a juicy burger can lift the spirit and put you in a good mood. Too much of it, though, can make you feel horrible.
Research done on diet and depression in 2013, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found that people lower their risk of depression by eating a healthy diet. Studies done much earlier revealed that persons who eat mostly processed foods were at a higher risk of suffering from depression.
Try to eat a diet that consists of 80% whole foods. High consumption of fruits and veggies, along with fish and whole grains, is a great start. You will feel healthy mentally and look healthy physically.
4. Media Multitasking
With the advent of tech-comfort in the homes these days, the smartphone, the laptop and television are often at work simultaneously. And your brain is clicking to give equal attention and appropriate responses.
Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking in 2013 revealed that a study of 318 people who multi-tasked their media more often than others show more symptoms of social anxiety and depression.
Want to get the opposite effect? Spend time with one screen at a time! Limit the urge to scroll for everything that catches your fancy, and remember that bad news is depressing—no need to be chasing it down to land you in a lousy mood. You could choose rather watch something soothing and brain-fulfilling.
3. Limited Time Outdoor
Did you know that spending too much time in the city can give you stress? Cities are filled with nice parks, restaurants and nightlife that excites you. But it is a fast-paced life that can be overwhelming when you don’t take time to getaway.
The Central Institute of Mental Health at the University of Heidelberg revealed in 2011 that living in the city is linked to high levels of stress and mental health.
The advice is to get out of the city occasionally. If you can’t, take walks in the park and find some nature spots to hang out. If all fail, place potted plants in your space. Nature always has a positive effect on mood.
2. Too Much Time With Negative People
Negative people are everywhere. It is often hard to avoid them. Whether it be friends, bosses, spouses — their utterances and actions can put you in the dumps. For your happiness and peace of mind, cute negative people out of your life and surround yourself with positive people.
Find people who are willing to affirm you and respect your decisions instead of being critical and discouraging all the time. Negative people can lower your self-esteem and plunge you into depression.
1. Losing Sleep
Experts agree that people who sit up late doing all sorts of things and get to bed late are at a greater risk of being depressed due to lack of sleep. They have more chronic negative behavior throughout the day that links to depression.
Those who go to bed early, however, have a positive thinking pattern throughout the day. It is recommended to get 8 hours of sleep every night.
Depression is a serious illness and not to be taken lightly. Everyone can all do an inventory and see how we match up with the information given in this article. People can live healthier lives by paying a little more attention to what’s going on around them and adjust for a healthier existence.