There are many contributing factors to a poor mental health or worsening depression. While some of these factors remain out of our control, there may be some habits in your daily routine that need to be reassessed. Bad habits can often be difficult to drop; however, putting an end to them now can potentially lead to an improved overall mood and sense of self.
- You’re not getting enough sleep.
After a long day at work or school it can be tempting to stay up late to try and catch up on household tasks, time with family and friends, or even just alone time. The correct amount of sleep is vital to maintaining a healthy mindset. Depending on your age and sex, your body needs between six and ten hours of sleep per night. Developing a consistent bedtime routine can aid to you feeling refreshed and ready to go each morning.
- You’re spending too much time consuming media.
Someone who struggles with poor mental health can find it scary to be left alone with their own thoughts. The easy way to avoid this fear is to remain entertained through our phones, televisions, laptops, or tablets. While it may solve the problem for that moment, it is much healthier to entertain yourself in other ways such as reading a book, learning a new skill, doing a puzzle, or filling in a coloring book.
- You’re not correcting your posture.
Incorrect and damaging posture has greatly increased with the advancement and necessity of technology in today’s world. Studies have shown that bad posture not only affects your physical health but your mental health as well. Upright posture correlates with a more positive mood and healthier self-esteem.
- You spend too much time sitting or lying down.
Even if you are required to be seated for most of the day for work or school, getting your body up and moving around as much as possible can bring massive benefits to your mental health. It is commonly known that exercise releases endorphins which block pain and allow more room for feelings of wellness. This daily exercise can be as simple as taking a walk during your lunch break, taking the stairs instead of the elevator, or having impromptu dance parties in your living room.
- You check your phone as soon as you wake up.
It is extremely tempting to reach for your phone as soon as your eyes open in the morning. Aside from any unexpected urgent messages, most things you are going to see can stand to wait at least ten minutes. Instead of immediately diving into the social world, consider simply getting out of bed, opening the windows, washing your face, and getting that pot of coffee started.
Get additional support from Eastside TMS and Wellness Center
At Eastside TMS and Wellness Center, we know that there is only so much you can do on your own to improve your mental health. Sometimes, you need a little extra assistance or guidance! Our clinic offers medication management and TMS Therapy for treatment resistant depression. Give us a call today to see how we can help you!