Habits are what shape a person’s personality and give an overview of their way of dealing with things. Logical criteria has been helpful in bracketing good and bad habits and how they affect the outlook as well as the health of a person. But there are certain habits that look harmless on the surface but can dangerously affect a person’s mental health and push them into a deep abyss of mental health crises. Mental health does not just affect your mood and your happiness but it plays a great role in the physical health of the body as well. It is something that silently creeps in without a warning and completely destroys a person’s well being if one has not kept the guards up. Being mentally healthy means a person is in full senses and has full capabilities. Here is a list of habits that might look like normal routines but can heavily damage your mental health.
- OBSESSIVE IDEALISM IS HARMFUL.
Having a habit of wanting to be always successful and going about it with full force is written all over the profiles of successful people. But they never explain how they balance their work life and mental well being. Taking inspiration from successful people to work as hard as possible can be the one side of the coin. To be in a state of perpetual trying and a lot of hard work can cost one’s mental well being and physical health. Being a perfectionist is not inspirational, but having a balanced professional and personal life is what constitutes a happy life. Obsessing over the minutest details can heavily cost your mental health because of being in that perpetual sense of striving hard.
- FOLLOWING STRICT UNHEALTHY DIETS TO LOOK GOOD.
Wanting to always look good is human nature, but doing so within healthy limits is more important. The beauty standards set by the fashion, print and digital industry can look absolutely glamorous but these are unhealthy unattainable standards. Trying to achieve those standards not only deprives the human body of essential nutrients but can affect one’s mental health over time. Not being able to achieve those standards and constant feeling of looking bad can take a dangerous turn and affect mental health badly.
- NOT HAVING A SELF CARE ROUTINE.
Self care is no luxury, but it is an acknowledgement of your being. Therapists believe this acknowledgement of one’s existence and that one needs to take care of oneself is self care. Eating good or meeting people who understand one’s emotional needs or going to the salon are some examples of self care. Ignoring oneself is the biggest trigger in wreaking havoc on any person’s mental health.
- LETTING PEOPLE CROSS BOUNDARIES.
Being a pushover is not the ideal situation in today’s times. One will be trampled in no time without one’s knowledge and taken advantage of. Setting boundaries and not pleasing everyone
Is the key. It is not necessary to be in the good books of everyone all the time at the cost of your mental health.
Making oneself a priority is the key to happiness and identifying such harmless habits should be the starting point towards achieving that goal.