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Are You Making These Mental Health Mistakes?

By Brandi Goodman 

Your mental health matters greatly to your overall well-being. Fail to care for your emotional needs and you're bound to experience health concerns because of it. Many people make some common mental health mistakes that can be detrimental to their daily life.

You Engage in Negative Self-Talk

You should be giving yourself positive affirmations each day. Tell yourself you're doing well. You're handling things the best you can. You're strong. You'll get through this. If you constantly engage in negative self-talk and put yourself down you're far more likely to procrastinate, turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms, and lack self-confidence.

You Stay in Unhealthy Relationships

An unhealthy relationship -- be it romantic, friendly, or familial -- can have significant consequences on your mental health. Don't continue to be friends with someone who puts you down. Don't continue to date somebody who doesn't care about your opinions or feelings. Don't stay connected to family members who aren't supportive. You need people in your life that you trust and who are there for you.

You Don't Get Your 8 Hours of Sleep

People need 8 full hours of sleep every night to feel well-rested and ready to take on the day. If you're getting significantly less than this, you're bound to experience some side effects. Poor concentration, irritability, and difficulty getting through your daily tasks are all common. You need to make sure to set a sleep routine and do your best to reach 8 hours so your mind doesn't suffer.

You Keep Your Day Filled With Activities and Others

Sometimes our days are jam-packed with activities and time spent with others. We can be on the go from the time we wake up until the time we head to bed. You really shouldn't spend every waking moment busy and engaged. You need time to yourself to relax and unwind if you want your mental well-being to stay intact. Even if you need to schedule it in, set time away for yourself to journal, draw, write, read, or just watch a show. You need that "me time" to make it through or you'll get burnt out quickly.

Avoid making these mental health mistakes so you can maintain your well-being. Your emotional needs should be met each day so you have the mental capacity and strength to make it through. Without your mind in the right place, it can be difficult to continue even the most minor tasks.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Anderson, S.C.

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