Whether we are aware of it or not, certain habits affect our morale on a daily basis.
Toxic relationships, smartphone addiction or poor nutrition can affect our well-being, and even trigger anxiety or anguish. What are these habits that affect us?
How do you know if some of your habits are affecting your mood?
At the beginning of the year, you may have made a resolution to take care of yourself. And that’s great news. However, it is important to identify the habits that you should change to feel better. You’re full of good will, but you’re not really happy? Depression, low self-esteem or lack of self-confidence, these little things can ruin our lives and yet, contrary to what we might think, they don’t necessarily have a psychological origin. If you are a heavy coffee drinker, spend a lot of time on your phone or have trouble saying no to certain relatives who abuse your kindness, this is a good place to start to take care of yourself!
The effect of toxic relationships in our lives
A toxic relationship is not always easy to detect. Indeed, if you have someone around you who explicitly abuses you, you certainly don’t let them. But the toxicity of a relationship is not always noticeable at first, and that’s the whole problem. A friend who always dumps you at the last minute, a colleague who only comes to you to complain, or a supervisor who undermines your self-confidence… The possibilities are numerous. Here are some symptoms of a toxic relationship:
- A person who criticizes all the time (even if it is not you they are criticizing);
- A person who complains all the time;
- A person with no empathy;
- A person who lies to you;
- A person who takes advantage of your kindness;
- A jealous or envious person.
All of these behaviors negatively impact your mood and your good mood. By listening to your friend or colleague complain, you end up doing the same, a person who constantly lies to you makes you feel worthless etc…
It is therefore important to sort things out, to explain to them what is affecting you and if these people do not understand, you will have to cut off all contact in order to find your inner peace. And above all, learn to say no.
Lack of sunlight and its harmful consequences
Did you know that the human body can survive much longer without water and food than without sleep? This is why this step is so important for your well-being. A lack of sunlight can lead to concentration difficulties, mood and memory problems, high blood pressure and obesity. This is not something to be taken lightly. Beyond the minimum number of hours, 6 hours per night for an adult, it is essential to respect your own cycle.
If you have trouble getting up in the morning, it’s not because it’s too early, but certainly because your alarm clock goes off in the middle of a sleep cycle. So think about calculating your sleep in 1.5-hour or 3-hour increments. If you are a restless sleeper, turn off the screens an hour before going to bed and drink a chamomile-based tea.
The negative impact of our smartphone on our well-being
You are certainly part of the people who say they could very well do without their phone, yet you check every 2 minutes if you received an email, a text message, a comment on Instagram or a new relationship on LinkedIn… First thing in the morning and last thing before bed, you are addicted! The phone distracts us and can be the cause of some important forgetfulness, which in turn affects our self-confidence: “Oh my, I spent another hour on Instagram when I was supposed to be shopping, I suck! “or “When is my client going to answer my email? ” 12 times in a row in one morning….
Start by looking at how many hours you spend on your phone per day through a smartphone feature or app and you’ll understand…. It may hurt, but it’s for your own good. So consider putting your phone down in another room for several hours, your messages and emails won’t go anywhere!
Eating habits that are detrimental to our morale
As you probably know, what we eat has a lot of effects on our body, but also on our mood. Yes, some foods are addictive, such as caffeine or sugar, which makes us irritable if we don’t eat enough, for example. Here are the foods that can affect your mood and your daily well-being:
- Sugar – It influences your serotonin levels, an essential neurotransmitter that directly impacts your mood, sleep and even sexuality ;
- Caffeine – Caffeine addiction can lead to a drop in serotonin levels when you are deprived of it, resulting in increased anxiety, irritability and difficulty concentrating;
- Alcohol – alcohol acts as a stimulant by suppressing glutamates and suppresses the immune system. It therefore triggers aggression and impulsiveness in some people. It also affects the liver, an organ that plays an important role in depression;
- Fried and fatty foods – Beyond affecting your figure, the hydrogenated oils and fatty acids contained in these foods can seriously affect your morale. In fact, several studies link them to certain depressive states;
- Salt – An excess of salt can trigger depression, intense fatigue, feelings of frustration or resentment, all of which affect your morale.
Good habits to adopt to take care of your morale:
- Eat breakfast
- Go out and get some fresh air
- Call a friend you haven’t seen in a while
- Drink a green smoothie
- Take care of yourself
- Take a nap
- Drink water
- Read a book
- Listen to a podcast
- Take time for yourself