Swap out your bad habits

I think it is safe to say that we all have a few habits that we aren’t too proud of. Whether it’s daily online shopping or still keeping in contact with your toxic ex (yes I took it there). Unfortunately bad habits can have a negative impact on your mental health. Studies show that these habits can increase your risk for depression or cause you to feel more angry or stressed out.

1. Perfectionism

Perfectionism can either be positive or negative. I have struggled with the negative kind for many years, and at times it caused my anxiety to spike out of control. Actually, I put off launching my business for over a year because I thought it wasn’t “perfect”.

It is totally normal to want to do your best at a specific task, but let’s break down the difference between the positive and negative kind of perfectionism.

Habits of negative perfectionism include:

- Preoccupied with the approval of others

- Your mistakes makes you think that you aren’t worthy

- Not satisfied with anything less than perfection

This kind of perfectionism can cause serious physical and mental health problems. Such as depression, eating disorders, and even an early death. It is true what they say, you can worry yourself to death.

Habits of positive perfection include:

- Setting realistic goals

- Seeing mistakes as opportunities for growth

- Not dwelling on failures

- Enjoying the process as well as the outcome

Positive perfectionism helps keep anxiety and stress levels within healthy boundaries. When you don’t perform as well on a task as you would like instead of beating yourself up, try reciting some positive affirmations. The change from negative to positive perfectionism will not happen overnight, but changing your mindset will make all the difference.

2. Spending too much time on social media

It is hard not to spend time on social media especially with everything that is happening in the world right now. If you are anything like me, I use twitter as my news source. It keeps me up to date on everything, but it can also be extremely draining. A recent study from the telegraph reported that social media left users feeling inadequate and jealous because of the constant comparison to other users. It has also been linked to an increased risk for anxiety and depression. I want everyone to think about a few things…

· Why are you using social media? (As a distraction, to promote your business, to connect with others, to voice your opinions, etc)

Social media itself isn’t bad, but too much of anything is not good for you. Here are some helpful suggestions.

- If social media serves as a distraction for you, try meditation or yoga

- Give yourself a time limit to use social media (1-2 hours a day)

- Do a 30 day social media detox

- Unfollow/block users that spike your anxiety and stress levels

3. Sleep Habits

Sleep allows your brain and body the opportunity to recover from the difficulties of the previous day and face the challenges of tomorrow. When you are not getting the proper amount of sleep do you think you can perform at your best physically and mentally? The answer to that question is no. When I was in college I thought running off of 3-4 hours of sleep was fine, but it always caught up to me. A habit of poor sleep can be detrimental to your mental health. Research shows that more than half of insomnia cases are associated with depression, anxiety, or psychological stress.

Bad sleep habits include:

- Sleeping too little

- Engaging in stressful situations before bedtime

- Using your phone before bed time

So how can you improve your sleep habits?

- Set a bedtime

- Don’t use your phone an hour before bedtime

- Plug your phone up on the other side of the room

- Establish a nighttime routine

Change does not occur overnight, but it only takes 21 days to form a new habit. You got this.

“Change your mindset, change your life ✨”

Questions, comments, or concerns? Feel free to email me pbuckley@rootsofficialsite.com

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