25 things that make you feel low and how to stop doing them

Comparison is the killer of joy.

Not getting sun can make you feel dull.

Hunger leads to anger.

If you don’t drink enough water, you will start feeling cranky.

These aren’t the only things that have the power to make you feel low…there are more.

Sometimes it might be due to external circumstances such as stress at work, relationship issues or other life events, but other times it can be due to internal factors such as negative self-talk or unhealthy behaviours. Here are 25 things that might make you feel low, and ways to stop doing them:

  1. Comparing yourself to others: Comparing yourself to others can be detrimental to your mental health. Instead, focus on your own journey and accomplishments.
  2. Not getting enough sleep: Lack of sleep can contribute to feeling low. Aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night.
  3. Not eating a balanced diet: Eating a healthy and balanced diet can improve your mood and energy levels.
  4. Neglecting exercise: Regular exercise can improve your mood and reduce stress.
  5. Isolating yourself: Socializing with friends and family can help you feel connected and supported.
  6. Not expressing your emotions: It’s important to express your emotions instead of bottling them up.
  7. Engaging in negative self-talk: Be mindful of your self-talk and try to focus on positive thoughts.
  8. Focusing on the negative: Try to reframe negative thoughts and focus on positive aspects of a situation.
  9. Ignoring your hobbies: Engaging in activities that you enjoy can improve your mood and provide a sense of accomplishment.
  10. Procrastinating: Procrastination can lead to stress and anxiety. Try to break tasks into smaller, manageable steps.
  11. Spending too much time on social media: Social media can be a source of stress and anxiety. Limit your time on social media and unfollow accounts that make you feel bad.
  12. Dwelling on past mistakes: Learn from past mistakes, but try not to dwell on them.
  13. Not seeking help when needed: Asking for help when needed is a sign of strength, not weakness.
  14. Engaging in unhealthy relationships: Surround yourself with supportive and positive people.
  15. Not setting boundaries: Setting boundaries can help you maintain a healthy balance in your life.
  16. Overcommitting yourself: Saying no when you need to can help you prioritize your own needs and reduce stress.
  17. Not taking time for self-care: Engage in activities that help you relax and recharge, such as taking a bath or meditating.
  18. Being too hard on yourself: Give yourself permission to make mistakes and learn from them.
  19. Not being grateful: Practicing gratitude can improve your mood and perspective on life.
  20. Holding grudges: Forgiveness can be difficult, but letting go of grudges can improve your mental health and relationships.
  21. Engaging in substance abuse: Substance abuse can lead to negative consequences and worsen mental health.
  22. Not seeking professional help when needed: Professional help can provide additional support and resources for mental health concerns.
  23. Neglecting personal hygiene: Practicing good personal hygiene can improve your self-esteem and mood.
  24. Not setting goals: Setting achievable goals can provide a sense of purpose and accomplishment.
  25. Allowing fear to hold you back: Take small steps towards facing your fears and challenging yourself.

In conclusion, feeling low is a natural part of the human experience, but there are steps you can take to improve your mood and overall mental health. By recognizing and stopping these 25 things that might be contributing to your low mood, you can start to feel more empowered and in control of your life. Remember, it’s okay to seek help when needed and prioritize your own well-being.

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