10 Habits Encouraging Depression (and 10 practices to break them)
Focusing on the negative- Get accustomed to giving gratitude daily. Try writing down 3 things you’re grateful for right before going to bed. This practice will invite peaceful slumber and promote fresh perspective.
Drinking to cope- It’s no surprise that depressants encourage depression.
Isolating yourself- Involve yourself. Give back. Participate in a community event. Volunteer. Engaging with others through service is a wonderful way to meet like-minded people while feeling useful.
Perpetually comparing yourself to others- This takes conscious, consistent effort to acknowledge and avoid. Your journey is your own. OWN IT!
Consuming too much tragedy- Be it news reports, politics, devastating documentaries or depressing books, it all infiltrates and pollutes positive perspective. Occasionally, a bit of ignorance can be absolutely blissful.
Not sleeping enough- Staying away from heavy meals, caffeine, and alcohol 3 hours prior to bed increases the likelihood of participating in quality zzz’s.
Eating poorly- Sugar is directly linked to depression, whereas Omega 3’s (found in salmon, olive oil, coconut oil etc.) are suggested to reduce depression.
Working at a job that undervalues you- 40 hour work weeks add up to 160 hours a month and nearly 2,000 hours a year. That’s a considerable amount of time devoted to an under-stimulating, and less than appreciative company. Work doesn’t just pay the bills, it constitutes a tremendous amount of our time, energy and focus. You deserve to be challenged, stimulated, and valued. You’re worth it!
Toxic Relationships- Romantic or not, pessimistic attitudes breed pessimism and optimistic attitudes breed optimism. Choose your relationships wisely.
Neglecting self-care- Whatever it is that makes you feel happy, make time for that. Prioritize YOU!