Life is full of ups and downs – the good times and the really bad times. Everyone experiences this!
However, when you suffer from depression, you experience this on a whole new level!
The feelings of sadness, emptiness, and unexplained hopelessness can last for weeks – keeping you from enjoying the things you once loved. You feel like you are trapped in a never-ending nightmare!
Depression is a serious mental health condition that effects many women! In fact, depression is almost twice as likely to happen to a women than a man.
The good news is that depression ranges in severity and there are treatments and many support groups out there for you to get involved in.
Like many mental illnesses, depression also has triggers (although it doesn’t necessarily NEED a trigger).
Below are 7 common habits that may be triggering you and making your depression worse.
1.) Isolating Yourself
This habit is far too easy to fall into, especially when you start feeling a negative mood or sadness coming over you.
You don’t want to see anyone or make the effort to go out and meet up with a friend. It just looks exhausting.
However, talking to someone and having a support system is invaluable when you have depression!
And if you are afraid that people will judge you if you “open up” about your struggle with depression, just know that the MAJORITY of people will be there to understand, listen, and support.
You are never alone on this journey. If you want to talk to someone online, there are even dozens of support groups on Facebook and Instagram.
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2.) Watching the News
News networks go where the money is! In other words, they only release information that they know will catch people’s attention.
…drama, fights, hate, fear, death, destruction, natural disasters, division, horrific crimes, and lies.
Needless to say, these types of topics are VERY BAD for someone with depression and/or anxiety.
The stories about love, peace, and unity are rarely shown in the news because they aren’t half as “juicy” as the negative stories.
If you regularly watch the news or follow politics and you notice that your spirits go down and you become increasingly depressed, you may need to make it a habit to stay away from all this negativity.
3.) Keeping Toxic People In Your Life
…family members, old friends, or new acquaintances.
Perhaps you hate the idea of confrontation or you just can’t bring yourself to “offend” them by distancing yourself from their negative or toxic behavior.
It is plain and simple! If you suffer from depression and there is someone that makes it far worse, they absolutely cannot have a significant place in your life.
It only takes ONE PERSON to make your life miserable.
(Read this article to learn how to get toxic people out of your life.)
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4.) Beating Yourself Up For Past Mistakes
New flash: whether they admit it or not, every single person has made some really dumb decisions.
Perhaps there are a few bad choices that you’ve made in the past that you just can’t forgive yourself for.
Sometimes, you lay in bed at night and think what would have happened if you had done things differently.
You cannot do this to yourself! The regret will eat you alive!
It is over. You can’t go back and undo what happened.
What you can do is focus on how you can live the future differently. It’s easier said than done!
It takes effort. When you feel your mind slipping back into the bad habit of “re-thinking” the past, you need to lock it down!
“No, I can’t handle this. I can’t change anything. But I can change the future and work on myself.”
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5.) Having bad sleeping patterns
Sleep and mental health are DIRECTLY linked.
Do you go to bed “when you feel like it?” If you have an uneven sleep pattern, you are going to suffer mentally and physically.
Your body thrives on patterns and consistency. Lack of sleep causes chronic fatigue, headaches, weight gain, heart problems, and DEPRESSION.
Change up your evening schedule and make it a priority to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night.
Sleeping any less should be a short-term necessity.
Related Article: 12 Easy Nighttime Habits for Better Sleep
6.) Staying at Your High-Stress Job
Every person experiences stress in their life. At some point, every job gets a little stressful.
But if you suffer from depression and your job is a huge source of stress, you may need to start job-hunting ASAP!
Your job is directly impacting your moods, mental health, and physical health.
(Read this article on how to look for a new job, while still working.)
Related Article: The 7 Biggest Things Stopping You from Leaving Your Job
7.) Engaging in Short-Term, Mood-Boosting Behavior
…also known as quick fixes or a temporary bandied, these bad habits only boost your mood for short periods of time.
Examples: expensive shopping spree, partying, one-night stand, doing something dangerous or illegal, etc.
Anything that elevates your mood and gives you an “emotional high”.
But when that “emotional high” is over, you will fall far lower than before. Your depression will get WORSE.
Negative consequences, debt, regret, emotional damage, and even a sickness can come as a result of “dumb” behavior that wasn’t thought out.
Think ahead before engaging in this behavior. It is the worst thing you can do for your long-term mental health!
Need help? In the United States, call 1-800-273-8255 for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
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