5 habits are dragging us down Mentallyadmin
Sometimes you feel listless, irritated or in a bad mood and can’t really explain why? Maybe it’s your habits. In fact, we spend our time (often unconsciously) engaging in habits or activities that aren’t particularly good for us. Nevertheless, we repeat them regularly.
1. Eat nothing despite being hungry
do you know it Your stomach is growling, but instead of eating something, you quickly write this one email, call back, do that one task you already started – and suddenly three hours have passed and you still haven’t eaten anything .
Be it stress or another reason: not listening to your body and consciously ignoring signals like hunger is not good for you in the long run. If blood sugar drops, we release the stress hormone cortisol, which can make us nervous and imbalanced. This makes us more irritable and less able to concentrate.
If you sometimes forget to eat or put it off because you are so engrossed in your tasks, a regular reminder that you set in your calendar, for example, can help.
2. Spend the whole day at home
Especially with Corona and home office, many of us spend whole days at home without ever stepping outside the door. Therapist Heather Kent told HuffPost that starting the day with a short morning walk is best before your first cup of coffee. Fresh air and sunlight help the body and mind wake up and recharge while reducing stress levels.
3. Watch emotionally disturbing series before bed
If we consume rousing, emotionally stirring series or films just before we go to sleep, it can make it harder for us to relax and fall asleep because our brain is busy processing what we have seen for a long time afterwards.
A good night’s sleep is important to our overall well-being, so before you go to bed, it’s better to watch the Feel Good series you already know by heart than the latest episode of The True Crime Show (or better yet, read a book instead!).
4. Constantly checking the phone
With push notifications, e-mails and a number of WhatsApp, signal or telegram groups, our mobile phones sometimes buzz and buzz every second or minute. According to studies, people look at their cell phones around 50 times a day – and it can take almost 20 minutes before we can focus on our previous task again.
This in turn can create problems with time management, making us stressed and more irritable. To counteract the whole thing, it can help to put your cell phone in another room for a while (you might not necessarily need your private cell phone during your working hours), deactivate the message display on the lock screen or set up the “Do not disturb” mode .
5. ‘Doom scrolling’
We are in a time marked by many uncertainties. In order to get answers to our questions, we consume news – on TV, radio or in social media, where it often feels like one catastrophic headline follows the next. There is now a separate term for the constant and sometimes endless consumption of – primarily – negative content: Doomscrolling.
It is a word formation from the English terms “doom” (dt. ruin) and the Germanized “scroll” (e.g. with the computer mouse).
“Doomscrolling leads to increased irritability, aggression, and anger, and we tend to get really addicted to that news cycle because of the pandemic,” psychotherapist Heather Kent told HuffPost .
To avoid negative effects, she advises limiting news consumption to once or twice a day. According to Kent, the best thing to do is try to consume the news in the morning and evening and not spread it out over the course of the day.