Did you know that sometimes a happy and healthy mental health can be undermined by some bad habits? Here are 4 common habits that you can change for a better mental health.
Pursuing perfectionism, for psychologists can be described as positive or negative. That is because it can affect some people beneficially while harming others. It really comes down to how realistic you are with the pursuit of perfectionism. Positive perfectionism includes making realistic goals, keeping anxiety and stress at healthy levels, and making mistakes opportunities for growth. It is a beneficial mindset if it helps increase your chances of success. But sometimes perfectionism can undermine your efforts. This is a negative perfectionism which is defined as a goal people try to pursue that is way beyond their reach, being ungrateful with anything lower than their expectations, always having a mindset of failure and disapproval, and seeing mistakes as a sign of unworthiness. If you ever find yourself with these habits, you should definitely try to stop it because it can cause stress, an unhealthy fear of making mistakes, and anxiety of being judged, all factors that can greatly deteriorate your mental health.
A poor posture is often a sign of low self-esteem and laziness. It is because low self-esteem and laziness can cause you to slouch. But sometimes, it can be the other way around. Poor posture can cause your mental health to decline. Sometimes some of us slouch unintentionally and want to change it to look better. You may find it hard to change as it takes a lot of effort to fix. But now you may have one more reason to motivate you to improve your posture. Studies have proven that good posture can immediately improve your self-esteem and mood. It can also increase your positivity, reduce fatigue, and reduce depression. It never hurts to give it a try. You will see how one little change can make a big difference.
If you ever felt like a failure, just remember everyone also occasionally has these feelings as well. It is very common to feel like your life is miserable and hopeless. You should definitely get rid of a failure mindset if you find yourself letting these thoughts damage your mental health and increasing your anxiety and depression. These mindset habits can get in your way of success by discouraging you from setting goals you can achieve, diminishing your awareness of your natural talents, and making your mistakes bigger than they really are. Instead, try to focus on the positive side like your talents and strengths.
Overuse of Social Media
It is well-known fact that teenagers who use social media can find themselves struggling with low self-esteem issues and issues with anxiety. So it is no doubt that adults can be facing this problem too. A Research from The Telegraph found that out of 1,500 Facebook adult users, 60 percent felt some sort of jealousy from comparing themselves to others, 32 percent felt that social media made them feel lonely and 62 percent felt that social media lowered their self-esteem. This is a great sign of how harmful social media can be on someone’s mental health. To lower our risk for depression, anxiety and improve our mental health, stop overusing the media. Social media should never define anyone’s happiness. Don’t let social media take away your happiness.