Maintaining health is a duty everyone owes to themselves. Healthy living makes for a happy lifestyle. If you don’t take care of your health, your body will tell you in the long run. This is because, the human body is not a machine.
As an individual, there is an urgent need to know and understand how to take care of your health, especially your mental health.
What Is Mental Health?
According to mentalhealth.gov,
“Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.”
From the definition above, mental health practically involves taking care of our social needs, feed our psyche the right food and manage our emotions accordingly. Often times, if any of the above is not properly balanced, the individual may experience a level of mental deterioration that may not be noticeable immediately.
Here are five habits that may be harming your mental health –
This cannot be overemphasized. As the old saying goes, you are what you eat. If you eat junk food all the time, don’t expect your body and brain to produce the work it will do on someone who eats healthy organic food.
Choose what you eat carefully, or your body will carefully choose what you should start eating alongside some pills and therapies.
Staying alone all the time is not good for mental health. Humans by nature are social animals. This means that a person needs to socialise with others from time to time in order not to think themselves into depression.
3) Being In Abusive Relationships
It doesn’t matter the gender dishing out the abuse, abusive relationships are a no-go for your mental health. Being abused toils with the mind, creating painful memories for the victims. This is definitely not something anyone wants to tolerate. This becomes more bad when you realise that not everyone have the capacity to actually realise they are being abused.
However, if you found yourself in one, as soon as you realise what you believe is going on, run for your dear life and never look back. Most abusers have been noted to be very charming from the beginning. However, once they have gotten the heart of the person and got you invested in the relationship emotionally, financially, physically and psychologically, they will leverage on it abusively.
They will leverage your dependence or love and abuse you, knowing fully well that at the moment, you have no other choice or risk losing the relationship.
Here is an advice though, your mental health is more important than the relationship. Lose the relationship if you must, but, keep your sanity.
4) Social Media
Social media is great, that is the simple truth. However, what’s not good for your mental health is constantly being glued to it all the time.
Moderation is highly advised. Not all that glitters within the social media network is gold.
5) Watching Too Much TV
Too much of everything is not good. Understandably, all the wonderful people all over the world want to entertain you all the time or feed you information. Therefore, sticking close to the TV may seem like a good idea.
It is, if it’s done moderately. Well, except your day job requires it, then it’s a different thing altogether.
Take care of your mental health!