For instance, spending too much time on your cell phone, not spending enough time outside and always trying to please everyone, can all have negative effects on your mental wellbeing.
Knowing how to deal with your feelings and enjoy life even when things seem difficult is key. If you want to start feeling better about yourself, boost your self-confidence and live the best possible life, the first step is improving your mental health. You can do this by removing bad habits.
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It’s easier said than done, but with practice you will see that these simple changes in your everyday life will have a huge impact on your mental health.
Live in the moment and stop trying to capture it. At some point or another, we have all fallen into the habit of taking pictures, usually because we “want to remember this moment forever,” or nowadays we want to share them on social media. But the truth is that we end up caring way too much about how many pictures we are taking and we miss out on enjoying the present moment. Next time you take a trip, try leaving your camera behind.
Hotter and sunnier days are finally here – get outside and reap the benefits of the outdoors. Go hiking, bike ride around your neighborhood, or plan a camping trip. Exposure to sunlight is crucial to your wellbeing; it has a huge impact on depression, seasonal affective disorder and sleep quality. Sunlight is a natural source for vitamin D, and without it you may be at risk for vitamin D deficiency; this may cause you to have low immunity, feel sad, fatigued and have digestive difficulties.
Exercise is not just about getting in shape and looking your best. Yes, of course it improves your physical health, but it also has a positive effect on your mental health. Research has shown that exercise can treat mild depression, it promotes feelings of calmness, releases endorphins; chemicals that make you feel good, and can be affective against stress and anxiety.
According to Medical Daily, 91 percent of American adults and 60 percent of teens own a cellphone – the device that has revolutionized communication in the 21st century. Cell phones have been shown to have negative effect on our stress levels (constant ringing, reminders, alerts etc.). They have also been proven to put us at risk for illness, due to constant touching and spreading of bacteria.
Although common, procrastination can be dangerous to your mental health. Putting off tasks can cause stress and anxiety. According to Brandon Gaille, “statistics show that procrastination affects over 20% of the population,” and “1 out of 5 people procrastinate so badly that it may be jeopardizing their jobs, their credit, their relationships and even their health.”
For those of you who find yourselves constantly focusing on the bad instead of the good, you may also find yourself suffering from feelings of stress and worry. Tip: Try mindfulness meditation, it’s a form of meditation that forces you to focus and become aware of the present moment. Positive people recognize meditation as an act of healing and rejuvenation. It helps relieve any negativity that may be weighing you down. It may also help increase your self-confidence, reduce anxiety, improve your concentration and reduce stress.
Do you constantly feel like you need everyone to like you, do you have a hard time saying “no,” and have you noticed that the opinions of others hugely impact you? Always having to please everyone is detrimental to your wellbeing. It drains you mentally and has the ability to damper your self-esteem. It is common that always trying to please others may lead to people mistreating you.
Comparing yourself to others is one of the worst things you can do for your mental health. Looking at people who seem to have it better then you will only result in feelings of jealousy, self-conciseness and self-doubt. It’s important to focus on you, if there is something you’re not fond of about yourself, take the necessary steps to change it.
You are always on the go, always surrounded by other people, and you never take time for yourself. This can be harmful to your mental health. Alone time can help you unwind, increase your productivity, discover yourself, find your own voice and think deeply (Psychology Today). Set aside some time every day to disconnect and spend time with yourself.