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5 Unhealthy Habits That Can Harm Your Mental Health - WatsonsHealth

5 Unhealthy Habits That Can Harm Your Mental Health

 

Are you taking good care of your mental health? Our mind is one of the aspects of wellness that we often neglect. Let us bear in mind the five unhealthy habits that we need to stop doing right now because they bring harm to our mental health.

1. Eating Unhealthy Food

As the saying goes, “We are what we eat”. Eating unhealthy and processed foods like chips and instant noodles can have a negative impact on our psychological state. If you are suffering from depression, eat more fruits and vegetables to restore the balance of neurotransmitters in your brain.

2. Lack of Exercise

An inactive body leads to depression, anxiety, brain-fog, chronic pain and other negative effects on the mind and body. It also disrupts your nighttime sleep.

Try some activities that will make your body move more like walking, sports and enjoyable workouts like Zumba sessions.

3. Staying indoors most of the time

Take a walk outside to avoid over-thinking while being alone inside your room.  Taking walks and talking to other people are proven ways to improve your mental health and avoid stress and depression. Breathing fresh air can also calm your mind and can exercise your lungs.

4. Too Much Stress

In life we can’t avoid stress. It is present at work, at home or even in our personal relationships. We have to control the amount of stress that makes us irritable.

To overcome stress, try some muscle relaxation exercises at the end of the day.

5. Overuse of Gadgets

Most of us are always preoccupied with our phones by playing games, texting, reading news, and checking our social media accounts. Looking at bright screens during bedtime is proven to delay sleep onset and can lead to lack of sleep that will make us irritable or feeling dizzy all day. Try to lessen your online time by spending more time with your family and friends. Go for walks, play games, do some hobbies together and participate in competitive sports to divert your attention from problems and stress.

Remember, a sound mind leads to a healthy body. Starting today, take charge of your mental health!

 

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-Medical Observer

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