It’s Monday, we are all about to start a new week. Why not try to focus on you for just a bit this week or a bit every week for the next 5 weeks. Start with 1 of these 5 ways we tend to sabotage ourselves with.
I read this article written by Amanda Gardner and completely agree with it. I think everyone tends to sabotage ourself every week, if not every day.
Print this list out, put it up on your board or on your frig and refer to it everyday. Highlight one per week and focus on it. How could you improve each one of these aspects.
You will realize we all have major room for improvement!
Start it today, Monday September 15th! I will check back on this list in 5 Weeks guys.
Believe in yourselves.
Carlos Platero Jr.
We Sabotage Our Mental Health, Focus On 1 Per Week.
Our own worst enemy
Our mind and mood are keenly sensitive to the world around us. Distressing life events—a bad breakup, unemployment, the death of a loved one—often leave us rattled or sad, of course, but our daily routine and patterns of thinking also have a big impact on our mood. Bad habits like skimping on sleep, drinking too much, or nursing grudges can undermine our mental health, whether that means a brief episode of the blues or full-blown depression and anxiety.
Why it’s harmful: In addition to keeping your body in shape, physical activity plays a key role in propping up mood; it can even help ease the symptoms of depression and anxiety, research suggests. Regular exercise appears to have a positive effect on brain chemicals and mood-related hormones, and it may confer psychological benefits (such as increased confidence) that foster better mental health.
What you can do: If you struggle to stick to a workout schedule, it might be too ambitious. To start, try setting aside 15 to 20 minutes per day for a brisk walk. Studies have shown that even modest exercise routines are associated with improved mood.
Why it’s harmful: Even if your pack-rat tendencies don’t rise to the level of hoarding, unchecked clutter in your home can be a subtle source of psychological distress. “Clutter makes us feel weighed down, both literally and figuratively,” says Dawn Buse, PhD, a health psychologist at Montefiore Medical Center, in New York City. “It has been shown to be related to depression, anxiety, and even weight gain.”
What you can do: If you haven’t used something in 12 months, give it away, Buse suggests. And instead of spending your money on more stuff, consider saving up for a special dinner or vacation. Research shows that these so-called experiential purchases actually buy us more happiness than material goods do.
Not sleeping enough
Why it’s harmful: Anyone who’s missed out on sleep thanks to a deadline or bawling infant is familiar with the irritability, stress, and gloom that can set in the next day. If sleep deprivation and disturbances become chronic, they increase a person’s risk of developing depression or anxiety disorders.
What you can do: Prioritize sleep and practice healthy bedtime behaviors, such as limiting caffeine and alcohol in the hours before bed. It’s also important to curb your computer, tablet, and smartphone use late at night, Buse says; the blue light emitted by these devices suppresses the sleep hormone melatonin and can disrupt your circadian rhythm.
Drinking too much
Why it’s harmful: Alcohol depresses the nervous system, slowing you down and potentially dragging your mood down as well. What’s more, drinking too much alcohol in the evening—though it may initially make you sleepy—tends to cause nighttime waking and less refreshing sleep, Buse says.
What you can do: Limit your intake to “moderate” levels, which doctors define as one drink per day for women and two drinks per day for men. If it’s a special occasion and you do choose to exceed those limits, be sure to pace yourself, count your drinks, and alternate alcoholic beverages with water.