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Lifestyle Factors That Can Negatively Affect Your Mental Wellbeing

mental health, wellness, wellbeing, lifestyle

Should you be suffering mentally at the moment, you have a number of options open to you.

You could see your doctor for advice on medication and counseling options. You could book yourself into a treatment center, such as this family psychotherapy service. And for the purpose of this article, you could consider your lifestyle. You see, while your mental wellbeing can be compromised by biological and other factors outside of your control, there might also be issues within your lifestyle that are causing you to feel the way you do.

Consider the following lifestyle factors that could affect your mental wellbeing. If any of them relate to you, as well as seeing your doctor and considering therapy, you might also want to take steps to manage the life you are living.

Lifestyle Factor #1: A lack of exercise


The benefits of exercise are many, especially where your mental wellbeing is concerned. It can combat the effects of depression by releasing feel-good chemicals into your brain. It can relieve the symptoms of stress, including anxious thoughts and nervous tension. And it can get you out of the house, allowing you to experience the mental health benefits of fresh air and sunshine. A sedentary lifestyle, on the other hand, can negatively affect your mental wellbeing, as studies suggest it can enhance the risk of depression. You will also become more prone to physical illnesses, and these can have a knock-on effect on your mental health. Therefore, take time to exercise each day. Whether it's a short walk around the park or a sport that you might enjoy, do something to better improve your mood state, and to combat the depression or stress that might be hindering you.

Lifestyle Factor #2: A poor diet


We all know that diet affects our physical health, but it can also affect our mental wellbeing too. According to this California study, certain unhealthy diet choices, such as eating foods high in sugar and processed grains, can increase the chances of depression and bipolar disorders. And any foods lacking in nutrients are going to increase your susceptibility to physical illnesses, which will consequently play a part in undermining your mental wellbeing. The takeaway for you is to...erm… cut down on takeaways, and any other foods with low nutrient value. Replace them with those foods that can benefit your mental health, such as fruit, vegetables, and any of these nutritious brain foods. Luckily for many of us, these also include chocolate, albeit of the darker variety.

Lifestyle Factor #3: Damaging / toxic relationships


Some people can lift your mood, offer you emotional support, and give you a boost in your self-confidence. On the other hand, others can bring your mood down, especially if they are prone to complaining, criticizing you constantly, and lead you into behaviours such as drinking too much alcohol or smoking, which could actively hurt your mental health. Where possible then, you need to surround yourself with those people who will elevate the way you feel. You should also ditch or limit the amount of time you spend with the people who are hurting you mentally, even if they profess to be your so-called friends or even family. And if you're engaged in a damaging intimate relationship, you should consider getting out of it as soon as you are able, as you will then be able to focus more on yourself and improve your chances of finding somebody who will better care for you.

Finally


Should you need help for your mental wellbeing, do what you can to get it. As we have already suggested, speak to your doctor or therapist. But consider this article too. If you need to amend your lifestyle, then do so. By exercising more, eating healthier foods, and by surrounding yourself with positive people, you can do a lot to benefit your mental health, be that preventing future problems or alleviating some of your current symptoms.

I hope this article was helpful to you. Let me know in the comments what you think about it. :)

See you soon! 

xx,
Andrea

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