This is a contributed post.
You will be surprised how many people end the day with a frown on their face. Although sometimes there is an obvious explanation such as work stress, there may be no reason why you are feeling down. However, you might not realize that it might be down to your habits why you are feeling low. Everything from your morning routine to your lunch choice could be making you miserable. Therefore, here are some common habits you should cut out of your life to turn that frown upside down!
Turning off your alarm
I think a lot of us are guilty of switching our alarm off in the morning. Especially on Mondays when we struggle to go to work. However, if you keep pressing snooze, you might end up leaving little time to get ready for work. And it might leave you feeling cranky before you even leave the house. Therefore, you should attempt to get up when your first alarm goes off, so you can start the morning feeling happy. For one thing, it will give you time to eat breakfast which is an excellent way to boost your mood. Also, you might have a chance to go for a morning run which is a great way to rid your mind of bad thoughts and start the morning on a positive note.
Adding that extra salt
You might not realize that salt is not only bad for your physical health but also your mental health. It can contribute to depression and make you feel exhausted. Therefore, you need to stop adding that extra salt to your meals on a daily basis. You could always swap salt to spices and herbs which will add some taste, without making you feel low by the end of the day.
You might be surprised to know that smoking has been found to increase anxiety and depression. Despite the fact people have cigarettes to calm themselves down, once the buzz has worn off, it can give you the opposite effect. Therefore, you should cut out cigarettes from your life if you want to turn that frown upside down. Of course, it can be hard to go cold turkey. A lot of people try vaping instead as a way to cut out cigarettes. Vaping has lower health risks, so it’s less likely to damage your mental health. You can find vape kits for beginners from companies such as Shoreditch.
It’s so easy to sit on the sofa after work and then not move for a couple of hours. After all, we feel tired after a long day at work. But if you are regularly sitting indoors, you are more likely to feel depressed. You need to get active which will help to boost your mood and ensure you stay healthy. As this article says, if you exercise three times a week, your risk of depression decreases by 19%. Therefore, plan activities you can do outside of the house after work to ensure you end the day on a high!
And be careful about spending too much time on our phone. Studies have found constantly checking your device can increase your negative thoughts!