5 Habits That Are Damaging Your Mind

Your mind is one of your most important assets. It has the final say in the workings of your body and in your daily habits. That being said, the mind can make our break itself. 

There are habits that can damage your mind. These practices will have you forgetting little things, zoning out, and unable to focus. If you find yourself engaging in even one of these habits, beware. Your mind may not age well with you!

1. Not Getting Enough Sleep

When was the last time you woke up feeling refreshed? Some people can’t even remember what that feels like. If you can’t either, it’s time for a change. Sleep is a very important time for your mind. During the night, your brain does maintenance tasks and files things away into your long-term memory.

Some people struggle with sleep because they don’t have a nighttime routine. You need to pick a time that works for you and shut down all screens. Blue light interferes with sleep. Read a book and make some sleepy time tea, maybe put on some relaxing music.

Know that it always takes a little while to fall asleep, so don’t stress. If you have trouble getting to sleep at a good time, keep trying. You need consistency to program your bodily clock to fall asleep at a time that works for you.


2. Spending too Much Time Alone

According to WebMD.com, what matters is a real sense of connection to others. People who have that with even just a few close friends are happier and more productive. They’re also less likely to suffer from brain decline and Alzheimer’s.

So, if you don’t get out enough, pick up the phone and reconnect with a friend or family member. Go to a bar and strike up a conversation. Schedule some dance lessons. There are no wrong answers, just get yourself out there!


3. Sitting Around Eating Chips

If you think this is a no-brainer, imagine how many people’s plans tonight involve doing this exact thing. It’s a double whammy of bad; inactivity and junk food both hurt your mind. Think of food as your fuel. If you give your mind bad fuel, it’s going to clog up.

Exercise is great for your body and mind. It lowers your blood pressure, increases oxygen flow to your brain, and releases endorphins which make you feel good. Look into an exercise routine that works for you and your personal needs. You’ll be glad you did.


4. Not Getting Enough Light

Science tells us that the sun gives you vitamin D. Your mind well tell you the sun simply makes it happy. People who stay in the dark too often may not realize they damage they are doing to their mind. Especially if you suffer from depression, consider getting more natural light during the day.

You can go out for a walk during lunch, open windows more often, or get active. Find ways to sneak the sun into your day and don’t forget to apply sunscreen for prolonged exposure! Find a high SPF and apply 15 minutes before going out into the sun.

 Woman in the sun

5. Smoking

Are you really out here smoking in 2020? The science is in. It’s really bad for you. Have you seen those people who talk through the little hole in their neck? Have you seen a smoker’s lung? The small amount of focus a cigarette might give you just isn’t worth it.

It should be unsurprising that over time, cigarettes have proven to be bad for your mind. They make your memory worse and, according to WebMD.com, cigarettes make you twice as likely to get dementia in old age. So, quit! Suck on suckers and use the patch if you need to. I even suggest vaping as that is what I used to quit and kick the habit. Even your wallet will thank you.

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