3 Lifestyle Habits That Are Damaging Your Mental Health

This is a contributed post by a mental health awareness enthusiast who is looking for an outlet to share. Enjoy!

Looking after your mental health is so important but too many of us neglect it. There are so many different reasons why people might develop mental health issues; often, they’re brought on by badly managed stress especially as our work lives become more demanding. Taking steps to tackle that stress is important but if you’re not getting to the root causes, you’re going to struggle to maintain your mental health. The lifestyle choices we make, no matter how small they might seem, can have a huge impact on our mental health. These are the lifestyle habits you need to change if you want to manage your mental health effectively.

Poor Money Management

Not managing your money properly is never a good thing. You can easily end up in debt and ruin your credit score. Worrying about how you’re going to pay your bills every month causes a lot of stress which can easily spiral out of control and manifest itself as a mental health problem. You need to clear those debts and sort out your credit score, otherwise, you’ll struggle to achieve goals like buying a house in the future. Often, there can be mistakes with your credit score that stop you from borrowing money so the first thing you should do is write a credit dispute letter and see whether you can get it changed. Then you need to change your spending habits and try to clear those debts as soon as possible. If you don’t, your money worries will only get worse and you’ll suffer from stress as a result.

Lack Of Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is vital to your health for so many different reasons. Not sleeping properly can cause you to gain weight, increase your chances of developing diseases and affect your mental health. Things like focus and motivation are important when you’re trying to manage your mental health but if you aren’t sleeping properly, they’ll suffer. Lack of sleep has also been linked to an increased chance of anxiety and depression. You need to make sure that you’ve got a good evening routine and you’re getting to sleep at the same time each night. You also need to follow guidelines about sleeping and get at least 7 hours a night.


We all know that smoking is never a good lifestyle choice but usually, we’re thinking about the physical health problems involved. For a while, experts thought that smoking could actually help with mental health issues by relaxing people. They also believed that getting people to quit smoking could cause extra stress and make mental health problems worse. But in recent years, thinking about smoking has changed. All of the toxins in cigarette smoke can have a big negative impact on your mental health so it should be avoided at all costs. Quitting smoking is also a big positive change to make in your life which will help you to improve your mood.

Make these simple lifestyle changes and you can help to improve your mental health.