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Four Seamingly Innocent Habits That Take a Toll on Your Mental Health

Most of us living our life on the edge and the verge of a mental breakdown. While this might seem like an understatement, did you know that 43.8 million people in the US have a mental health issue once a year, which is around percent of the adult population in the nation?

And around 46.4 percent of the adults report having a mental health issue at least once in their lifetime. The numbers are alarming, but what’s more disturbing is the fact that only 41% of the population with mental health seek professional care.

But what is the reason behind this increasing number of cases? While some might cite the pandemic as a reason, one should also note that this is a recent event. While the outbreak has led to an increase in mental health issues, there’s something more severe out there that’s a growing concern among mental health professionals. Research reveals that a few common lifestyle habits could be putting the mental health of more and more adults at risk every single day! Are you guilty of any of these? Read on to find out.

Dehydration

If you do not drink ample water, it dehydrates your body and can severely impact the functioning of the brain. Besides affecting your mood, it can make it difficult for you to concentrate and cause a headache. Research suggests that your brain, just like the rest of the body, needs a lot of water for effective functioning. However, when you don’t drink enough water, it shrinks and could even lead to hallucinations and lethargy as well.

Over Exercising

Exercising increases oxytocin and boosts the happy hormones in your body. It boosts emotional, physical, and mental well-being. And that gives people ample reasons to hit the gym, workout, and push the limits on their fitness constantly. However, did you know that over-exercising is a real thing and could hurt you?

Yes, besides the strain on your muscles and causing injury, it could also hurt you mentally. Recent research findings suggest that people who spend more than 90 minutes a day or 23 days a month are more likely to experience depression. Studies suggest that over-exercising causes numerous mental health conditions, including depression, mood swings, anger, and anxiety, as the body starts releasing stress hormones in response to all the physical pain you experience.

Sleep Deprivation

Getting a good night’s sleep is all that you’d need to reset your body to function healthily. Studies suggest that physical and mental health concerns have links to sleep deprivation. Lack of sleep tends to have a drastic effect on how you think and feel. When you’re sleep-deprived, you’re most likely to have mood swings, anger issues, and increases your stress levels. A recent study found that most adults and children with depression tend to suffer from sleep apnea, insomnia, and other sleep-related problems.

And these issues, in turn, further aggravate the depression. Besides that, sleep deprivation also hinders your decision-making ability and causes compared judgment as your brain isn’t functioning at it’s best. In the long run, it could also impact your memory and lead to numerous mental health concerns. So, no matter what happens, hit the sack on time and try to get some rest because both your body and mind need it!

Crash Dieting

We understand that you want to fit into that dress you bought a few years ago, look flawless for a big night, or just get back in shape. Crash dieting seems like the only way to get there as it helps you lose all those pounds quickly.

But did you know dieting impacts more than just your body? It takes a toll on your mental well-being too. Research suggests that crash dieting deprives your body and mind of the essential nutrients. This means it interferes with their effective functioning and thus leads to numerous disorders.

For beginners, you might start feeling cranky and have mood swings when you’re on a diet. And the worst part is that 95% of the people who get on a crash diet tend to gain back more pounds than they lose. Besides this, they also tend to severely impact their mental health as it causes depression and anxiety. That’s another reason why you should never get on a diet without consulting a dietician and nutritionist because they are the only people who can prepare a customized meal plan to suit your body’s needs.

So, make sure you shun these habits if you’re guilty of them. After all, there’s nothing more important than your mental health!

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