Bad Habits That Can Impact Your Mood - COPE

Bad Habits That Can Impact Your Mood

We all have ‘bad habits’. From stress eating and nail-biting to procrastinating at work, you likely have a few unhealthy habits you’d like to improve. The problem is some habits can hold you back mentally, physically, and emotionally. These habits often become part of your daily routine which can interfere with your productivity and, in some cases, your mental health. Unfortunately, the pandemic has completely changed many of our routines. Working remotely can create additional challenges for maintaining a healthy work/life balance making it even easier for bad habits to sneak back into your daily routine. Over time, continual bad habits can take a toll on your mental well-being. If you are experiencing increased sadness, lack of focus, fatigue, or anxiety, sure to break these three bad habits that can impact your mood.

Bad Habit 1: No Exercise

Exercise is essential to your physical and mental well-being. Getting outside and going for a walk is a great way to boost your mood. When life gets demanding, the first thing that suffers is your exercise routine. We tend to skip the workout in an attempt to free up time to check a few things off our “to-do list.” Make your exercise time a priority —schedule activities around your exercise time.

Bad Habit 2: Procrastination

Procrastination can lead to unnecessary stress and anxiety. Procrastinating will expel more of your precious energy than just grabbing the bull by the proverbial horns. The good news is you can break the habit of procrastinating by incorporating productivity boosters into your routine. Looking for some inspiration? Start by tackling small projects first so you can feel good about scratching something off of your ‘to-do’ list.

Bad Habit 3: Not Getting Enough Sleep

Sleep is an essential part of our overall health and wellness. Poor sleep has been linked to an increased risk for hypertension, diabetes or insulin resistance, sleep apnea, obesity, heart attack, stroke, depression, and anxiety. It’s also important to remember that sleep should be restorative! Also, aim to get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep each night to improve your mood.

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The bottom line is bad habits create the perfect storm for a depressed mood. Our COPE Wellness App can help you replace bad habits with healthy new ones like meditation, stretching, and mindful breathing exercises. Download today HERE