Our habits can affect our mood. While good habits can lift our spirits, bad ones can make us depressed. Here are the 8 things that can have a negative impact on our mood.
- You hang around with negative people
You already know that spending too much time with the sick also makes you sick. What you probably don’t realize is that emotions are just as contagious as physical ailments. So, if you are always surrounded by negative people, your thoughts will also turn negative. The best solution to this problem is to avoid negative people, but this is not always possible. So, the next best solution is to infuse some positivity into them.
- You are exposed to too much negative information
Open any newspaper and you will most probably find some disturbing news – accidents, terrorist attacks, lost planes, or massive outbreak of diseases. While it is important to keep yourself abreast of the latest happenings in the world, you don’t have to absorb every bit of disturbing news. It will only destroy your mood.
The best solution here is to limit what you consume. Limit yourself to reading and watching stuff that is closely related to your work and life. Cut out the rest.
- You are addicted to social media
Studies have proved that people who waste too much time on social media tend to be unhappy and discontent with their life. On social media, everybody tries to give the impression that they are living in the perfect world, but that is far from the truth.
If social media is killing your joy, you should try to limit the time spent on it. If possible, try not to use it. Understand that nobody is living in a paradise. Also, don’t try to compare your social popularity with that of your friends. Life is not a popularity contest and people who are really popular on social media need not necessarily be popular in the real world.
- You are disorganized
Your desk is covered with all sorts of rubbish. Your home isn’t any different either. You can’t put anything in its right place. You probably don’t realize it, but clutter affects your productivity and mood. That is because we often view clutter as unfinished work. One way of dealing with this issue is to designate spaces for supplies and items. Ensure that these ‘designated spaces’ are also ‘closed’ spaces. When clutter is out of sight, it will have no impact on your mood.
- You are always glued to the screen
If you watch TV or work on your computer until you go to bed, you will probably have a tough time falling asleep. The bright lights emitted by these screens suppress the production of melatonin in our body. This is the hormone that induces sleep. So make it a point to turn off all screens at least 15 minutes before going to bed.
- You love late nights
People who stay up late run a higher risk of developing depression. You might assume that you can achieve more at the cost of sleep, but that is not quite true. If you don’t get enough sleep, your energy levels will drop. So try to create a habit that allows you to go to bed early.
- You eat too much junk food
Our diets are worsening and consist of lots of unhealthy foods. This affects our brain. Junk food contains large amounts of omega-6 fatty acids which have a negative impact on your mood. Studies have shown that a diet low in omega 3 fatty acids and high in omega 6 fatty acids may lead to neurological disturbances. The best solution is to reduce your intake of junk food.
- You are comparing yourself to models
Both online and offline media is full of images of models who are free of blemishes. They project perfection and create an inferiority complex in you. What you probably don’t realize is that these are all Photoshopped images that are doctored to look perfect. Here, the simplest fix is to stop looking at these images, but that is not always possible. Another solution is to try to find something that you can identify with these images. While it is impossible to look like them, you will probably be able to wear the kind of clothes or makeup they wear. This might make you feel better.