Many of the subtle triggers that destroy mental health don’t seem dangerous at first.
When you realize you’re in a depressive episode, it’s too late to do anything.
Most of the points that appear in this list I have already discussed in previous posts, so I will only briefly address them here so that we all become aware of what things have an influence on us.
1. Social Media
This is a double-edged sword. It’s fantastic if you want to find out about the news of your friends from all over the city, the country and the world.
One can research tattoos, learn skills, join groups and read reviews.
But it can also make you feel anxious and depressed.
You compare your life to that of others and have the feeling that it is not so good and that you are missing something.
Keep in mind that most people make social media their highlights, and that no one has a handle on their lives as well as they portray it.
If you find that you feel bad on social media, you should withdraw for a while.
If you decide to return, you should delete any people or groups you follow that cause you stress, depression, anxiety, or jealousy.
Instead, look for people and groups that will make you smile.
2. Lack of sleep
Recently, I stopped taking my new antidepressants. I explained why I took them and hoped that they would help.
Unfortunately, this was not the case. However, they had one major drawback: they affected my sleep very badly.
I couldn’t fall asleep until 2 or 3 a.m. and kept waking up.
It’s damn hard to have a positive attitude and enjoy your life when you’re so tired that you can barely keep your eyes open and your body hurts.
You may be able to cope with it for a few days or even a few weeks, but if you regularly get too little sleep, your mood drops, and you may become more irritable.
Make sure you get at least seven hours of sleep a night.
Start relaxing at least an hour before bedtime.
Turn off social media, take a soothing bath, and perhaps listen to relaxing music.
Try to develop a nightly routine that signals to your body and mind that it’s time to rest.
3. Negative self-talk
Not even our best friends, our partner, or our family talk to us as much as we talk to ourselves.
So if we talk negatively, criticize ourselves, and convince ourselves that we can’t succeed, it can have a big impact. We have to turn the script around.
It’s easier said than done to change the way we talk to ourselves, as we’ve probably been doing this for a long time.
However, it is important that we learn it to protect our mental health.
Affirmations can seem cheesy, but try to remember to be kind.
Hang up pieces of paper with things you like about yourself.
Make a list of things you’re proud of and add them daily.
Try to catch yourself when you say negative things and correct yourself.
4. Staying at home too much
There are two reasons for this. First, if you tend to stay at home a lot, chances are you won’t have much to do with other people.
If you’re alone all the time, there’s no one to help you suppress your negative self-talk.
Even if you don’t feel like it, meeting up with friends and family has been proven to be good for your mental health.
Secondly, sunshine, which makes vitamin D, is an important factor in energy and good mood.
Vitamin D is a vitamin that most of us in the UK don’t get enough of.
Supplements can remedy this, but they will give you a much bigger boost if you also go out into the sun and fresh air and enjoy nature for a while.
5. You revel in the past
To quote one of my favorite movies, Mermaids, “Death is to dwell in the past or stay in one place for too long.”
If you spend time looking into the past and wondering why your life isn’t so good now, or if you look at past failures and convince yourself that that’s all you’re left with, then you’ll feel bad.
I have never been able to practice mindfulness, but the thought is good.
Don’t dwell on the past or plan how things will get better in the future.
Live in the now and focus on making every day as good as possible. This will make a big difference to your mental health.
6. You try to satisfy everyone
This point is short. They are not responsible for other people’s happiness.
You can never always make everyone happy, and your own happiness will likely take a big toll if you try.
That’s why this is one of the big yet very subtle triggers that destroy mental health.
Come to terms with the fact that people are sometimes unhappy, and that’s okay.
One of the things I loved about the Pixar movie Inside Out was Joy’s realization that Riley just can’t always be happy.
Sometimes she had to be sad, and only sadness could take control and solve the problems Riley was going through.
Everyone has to be sad at times, so just try to be there for them when they are.
Don’t try to fix them. Prioritize your own happiness as much as possible so you can be there for others when they need you.