Life is full of ups and downs – the good times and the really bad times. Everyone experiences this!
Sometimes, these fluctuations can have a negative impact on your mental health.
But what happens when your own habits start sabotaging your life!
You start to become overwhelmed with feelings of sadness, emptiness, unexplained lows, and gripping fear.
There just might be some unhealthy habits in your life that are keeping you stressed, unhealthy, and unhappy!
Below are 5 common habits that are sabotaging your mental health.
1.) YOU ISOLATE YOURSELF
When you start to feel stressed, anxious, or low-spirited, you “pull back into your shell” and isolate yourself.
It looks like too much effort to go out with your friends or meet up to talk with someone. You don’t have enough energy!
The problem with this is, you NEED a support system! You have to put in the effort to connect with people.
If you suffer with mental health issues, you are never alone! There are millions of people who know what you feel like and are happy to empathize and help.
There are even countless support groups on Facebook and Instagram – if you need some support from the comfort of your home.
2.) YOU WATCH THE NEWS AND GET STRESSED
…fear, hate, division, crime, lies, drama, death, destruction, twisted facts, natural disasters, etc.
“The News” is all about releasing information that will capture people’s attention.
Sadly, positive and heartwarming stories don’t resonate half as well as the horrible and upsetting stories!
News networks go where the money is!
If you find yourself getting upset when you read a news article or watch the nightly news, you may need to quit this habit!
Never in the history of the world has global information been so easily accessible. You may find yourself upset and grieving over something that happened on the other side of the world.
It is important to stay in touch with what is happening in the world, but your mental health can suffer from information overload if you find yourself worry and grieving over the latest news release or political statement!
3.) YOU WON’T LEAVE YOUR HIGH-STRESS JOB
Money cannot buy happiness, peace, contentment, or health.
So why are you staying in a job that is negatively impacting your mental and physical health?
If your job is making you suffer, why are you still there?
Believe it or not, you are replaceable 99% of time!
Your company won’t go bankrupt without you! Your coworkers will survive! You will be able to find another job if you look hard enough and apply for some new positions.
Are you scared to try something new?
A new job isn’t always the answer, but if you are suffering at your current job, LEAVE!
You spend more of your life at work than at home! You absolutely need to find a job that you don’t dread going to every single day.
4.) YOU KEEP TOXIC PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE
Get them out of your life!
It could be family members, old friends, co-workers, or new acquaintances.
Your mental and emotional health is worth more than not “offending” someone who spreads negativity and toxicity wherever they go.
If someone makes your anxiety and depression worse, something is very wrong.
Do they lie, spread stories, take advantage of your relationship, talk down to you, disrespect you or your partner, not respect boundaries, manipulate you, etc.
It is time to say “Bye Bye! Don’t come back!”
Stand up for yourself! It only takes one person to make your life miserable!
Your life is short and you don’t have time for their toxic foolishness.
5.) YOU WORRY WHAT OTHERS THINK ABOUT YOU TOO MUCH
This habit is a lonely, dead-end street!
It’s natural to care about the opinions of those closest to you, but it should never become an unhealthy obsession!
This will only lead you to feelings of anxiety and self-doubt!
You’ll find yourself over-analyzing every glance, comment, and whisper. Your imagination will start assuming the worst and it will ruin your life!
Your thoughts have the power to make you more insecure or more confident!
Learn to focus on your priorities – what you KNOW is the right path for you and your family.
OPINIONS will always exist, but they shouldn’t dictate your future or your happiness.
Don’t let this bad habit ruin your mental and emotional health.
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If you feel like your mental health is suffering, you need to go see a professional therapist or counselor.
Many people suffer for years without ever seeking outside help.
Therapy can do a world of good and help you work through deep-rooted issues.