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3 Unhealthy Coping Mechanisms That Affect Your Mental Health

Thursday, December 19, 2019


When people are struggling with their mental health, they often turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms. It’s important that you find positive ways to manage your mental health because relying on these coping mechanisms will only make your situation worse. This is often the reason that people’s mental health deteriorates further, especially if they do not seek professional treatment. If you are struggling with your mental health, it is important that you avoid these unhealthy coping mechanisms.

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Alcohol
Alcohol is a very common coping mechanism that people use when they are suffering from anxiety or depression. In the short term, drinking alcohol will boost your mood and help you to relax so you do not feel so anxious. However, excessive alcohol use will lead to more feelings of anxiety and depression in the long term. People often get stuck in a vicious cycle where the alcohol makes their mental health worse, so they drink more often to deal with the symptoms, and that can lead to addiction problems. You may even find that you need the help of addiction treatment programs if things get out of control. It’s important that you do not use alcohol as a way to self medicate and you seek advice from a doctor instead.

Overeating
Overeating is a common coping mechanism for people when they feel low. By snacking on unhealthy comfort food, they hope to give themselves a boost, but it doesn’t work that way. Eating a healthy diet is important if you want to reduce the impact of mental health issues. But if you are only eating unhealthy foods, you will lack energy and your mood will be worse. You will also have issues with weight gain, and that can make you feel a lot worse. It’s important that you maintain a healthy diet so you can boost your energy levels and improve your mood.

Withdrawal
When you are suffering from anxiety and depression, social situations can be difficult. You may feel anxious about the people around you and how they see you, and being in large groups can make your anxiety a lot worse. If you are feeling depressed, you may not have the energy to engage with people, and this often means that people with mental health issues withdraw from their friends and family and isolate themselves. Unfortunately, this does not help the situation at all. An active social life is an important part of your lifestyle, and that lack of human connection will only make your mental health issues worse. Spending time with friends and family can help to boost your mood and getting out of the house will make you feel better as well. Even if you find it difficult, you should try to engage in social situations and spend time with people because you will benefit from it. Talking to your friends and family about how you feel will also be a big help, so don’t be afraid to open up to them.
When you are trying to manage your mental health, it’s important that you make simple lifestyle changes, and avoid these unhealthy coping mechanisms.
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