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Researchers Reveal 5 Habits of People Who Hurt Their Mental Health

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The above quote is a short but potent statement that asserts what many of us likely think on a daily basis but never say. We live in a world where we have almost everything at the push of a button or flick of the wrist, yet mental health issues have been on the rise. Compared to our ancestors, we have it pretty good. We have air conditioning when it’s hot and heat when it’s cold, delivery services that can pick up our dinner and bring it to our doorstep, and machines that wash our clothes for us. We really don’t have to work very hard for things anymore, but we have less leisure time and more stress. This paradox of having it all yet being unhappy can seem confusing, but when you look a little deeper, it all makes sense.

We have created a world that we really don’t thrive in, and as a result, our moods and physical health suffer. Because of technology, our lives have become easier, but easy doesn’t always equal better. Humans need fresh air, sunshine, food from nature, exercise, and human connection to thrive. Modern life doesn’t provide these things very easily, hence the mental health crisis. We’ll go into more detail below about what habits and lifestyles can lead to poor mental health.

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HERE ARE 5 HABITS OF PEOPLE THAT HURT THEIR OWN MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING:

1. THEY DON’T MOVE THEIR BODIES ENOUGH

We have more health care, but less health than ever. You hear about people having heart problems, diabetes, and other health ailments at younger ages now, and our modern life is likely to blame. Years ago, before we had all this machinery and convenience, we would actually have to work to get food, water, and shelter. We lived closer to nature, which by default required us to move around to acquire what we needed. Now, we live in big cities where we don’t have to do anything but get in the car and drive to a grocery store for food, and work long hours sitting at desks to pay for shelter.

Lack of movement, aside from causing poor physical health, has also been shown to increase anxiety and depression. Exercise releases endorphins that help to boost your mood, which can combat the most prevalent mental health problems we see today: anxiety and depression.

2. THEY BUY A LOT OF STUFF THEY DON’T NEED

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