When you get a headache, it’s likely that you’ll take some Tylenol, take a nap, a hot shower, or do something else to relax you. If you’re feeling sick, you might take some medication and drink plenty of water, while making a doctor’s appointment. Physical symptoms are much easier to catch onto than mental concerns because they are just that – physical. However, there are many things that we may do throughout the day that are damaging our mental health right before our very eyes without us even recognizing it. Signs that we may be neglecting our mental health include feelings of depression, isolation, consistent irritability or anger, and more.
Take note of the following ways that you may be contributing towards the development of a mental illness and/or lowering your quality of life:
- Being too critical of yourself. A 2016 study conducted by researchers in Italy found that the tendency to be more self-critical increased chances of a person experiencing depressive symptoms. If you are constantly your own worst enemy, you are setting yourself up for poor mental health. Accept your mistakes. Be kinder to yourself. It’s better for you in the long run.
- Not getting proper exercise. While many of us place exercise as something we will do if we “have time”, we should really be making the time for it. Regular exercise releases and promotes the feel-good chemicals in our brain, otherwise known as endorphins. Pencil in some time each week to work out, and this will likely help you feel better.
- Allowing your home to clutter. Often disregarded, clutter can creep its way into our mental capacity for creativity, productivity, calmness, and clarity. The Huffington Post states that clutter in your home can increase your stress, worsen your diet, trigger respiratory issues, threatens your safety, jeopardizes your love life, and more. In other words, go ahead and take care of those bottles and papers on your kitchen table. Your mental health will thank you later.
- Not getting proper sleep. Most Americans need an average of 7-9 hours of sleep each night. If you are not getting the proper sleep you need, you increase your risk of developing depression and other anxiety-related disorders.
- Drinking too much. Health Magazine argues that drinking depresses the nervous system, which can bring your mood down with it. Too much drinking can cause difficulty sleeping, which leads to more bad habits formed. Taper down on the drinks and opt for more healthy choices.
Therapy is a primary component of treatment for rehabilitation from a substance use disorder and/or mental health disorder. Attending treatment with certified clinicians and counselors is critical for a full recovery. At one of New Vista Behavioral Health’s treatment providers, you are receiving exceptional care, held to a higher standard. Our programs result in better outcomes, ensuring a better recovery. For information call us today: 888-316-3665.