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Habits that destroy our mental health

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Author: Maria Kholina

There are certain psychological habits that often prevent us from living fully and feeling ourselves. They destroy us from within and affect our health and quality of life, according to Mentoly.

Contradicting one's own feelings

Denying or avoiding one's own emotions can lead to a deterioration of mental health and depression.

Advice: Allow yourself to feel emotions. Talk about your feelings with trusted people or professionals.

Ignoring personal boundaries

Daily overloading oneself with tasks without rest can lead to burnout.

Advice: Set your personal boundaries and stick to them. Learn to say "no" when necessary for your well-being.

Constantly comparing oneself to others

Comparison can lead to low self-esteem.

Advice: Try to focus on your internal growth rather than comparing yourself with others.

Constant and unjustified self-criticism

Harsh self-criticism can undermine your self-confidence and cause anxiety.

Advice: Start practicing positive self-talk:

  • Begin by observing your thoughts. Pay attention to moments when you criticize yourself.
  • Instead of saying "I can't do anything," say "I am learning and developing."
  • Create a list of positive things about yourself that will help you in moments of doubt.
  • When you notice yourself starting to criticize yourself, physically say "stop" or imagine a signal that stops this thought.
  • Regularly make a list of things you are grateful for. Keeping a gratitude journal can be helpful.

Information overload

Information overload can lead to stress and anxiety.

Advice: Limit the time spent on social media and take information breaks.

Avoidance of social contacts

Isolation can lead to feelings of loneliness, depression, and anxiety.

Advice: Spend time with loved ones, find support groups, or simply talk to other people.

Limited physical activity

An inactive lifestyle can affect your mood and health.

Advice: Incorporate walks in fresh air and physical exercises into your daily routine.