If you think your mental health is always at the mercy of external factors, then it is time for some uncomfortable reality check.
You don’t show gratitude for a new day. You don’t notice the morning’s natural light but rather in your half asleep state, you reach for your phone and start scrolling through your Instagram feed.
The practice of using phone as and when you wake up is counted as something normal, which seems unusual at least to me. Do you feel okay to be exhausted even after a night’s sleep?
Going through the day like a sleep-walking zombie, high on caffeine mixed with purposeless conversations, social media and junk food. The obvious symptom of a zombie lifestyle are anxiety, panic attack, sleep issues. These would be there definitely when you have an unhealthy lifestyle of phones and undisturbed sleep pattern.
The buzzword these days is ‘self-care’, which needs to be instructed to an overburdened and mentally fatigued generation. So, the power of choice lies entirely in your hands. The choice you make can affect your mental health positively or negatively.
A. My Damn Phone
When you don’t end being around your phone, you feel a sense of agitation which is felt physically too.
The fact is you are slave to your phone and literally can’t live without it. You check social media the minute you open your eyes and you stick to your handset for entertainment, news, gossip, shopping, gaming and everything else. Even the idea of having food without doing something on phone seems like an ridiculous idea.
Pointless to say, but you are a fanatic. You are persistently looking for external stimulation and in turn training the brain to seek prompt pleasure.
What you should to avoid phone usage:
- Don’t use phone the moment you wake up.
- Turn off as many notifications as possible.
- Delete unnecessary apps which take much of your time.
- Kick out your device from bed.
- Try training yourself to be without phone 1-20 minutes per day.
B. Routine is for Losers
You live your life carelessly and mostly chaotically. You follow no sschedule for anything and eat, sleep whenever you feel like. Your diet mostly comprises of mindless consumption of whatever is available. Plus you never plan your day.
This behaviour may seem cool initially but it takes a big toll on your mental health. Just like your physical health thrives with nutrition and exercise, in a similar way your mental health requires a comfort of discipline, meditation, mindful eating, sleep…and much more. The lack of any of the pillars creates a deep sense of imbalance and hollow feeling which no amount of chaos can cover-up.
What you should do for maintaining routine
- Create a day plan for yourself.
- Wake up and sleep at a fixed time.
- Devote some time to exercise daily.
- Eat healthy. Substitute coffee with green smoothie. Initially it would not taste good as per you. But you can develop the taste eventually.
C. I am doing Perfectly Fine, Thank You
Every time you lie to yourself and others about how you feel, you are sinking deeper into dark mental pit of depression and anxiety.
You believe that by rejecting how you are feeling, you are being brave and not being a burden on your friends and family.
Maybe, at a certain point, you are afraid of being judged.
What to do Instead
Stop pretending that everything is okay.
Listen to yourself and take action. You owe it to take care of yourself before anyone else.
Try taking a professional help .