It’s no secret that our mental health is important. Unfortunately, some of the habits we develop in life can be detrimental to our mental well-being. Whether it’s procrastination, overthinking, or comparison, these habits can take a toll on us and leave us feeling overwhelmed and burned out. That’s why it’s crucial to recognize which habits are taking a toll on our mental health and make an effort to unlearn them. In this blog post, we will share seven common habits you should consider unlearning for your mental health.


Perfectionism is an all-too-common habit that we often subconsciously practice in our lives. We want everything to be perfect—our grades, our relationships, our careers—but in reality, perfection doesn’t exist.
Perfectionism can negatively affect mental health, especially when you are constantly striving to meet impossible standards. This often results in feelings of guilt, shame, depression, and anxiety due to not being able to reach the unrealistic expectations set for oneself. Unhealthy perfectionism also causes ruminations about past mistakes or performances that might not have been perfect, leading to an inability to move on or accept the outcome. Lastly, when perfectionism is combined with an inner critic berating one’s efforts and decisions, it can lead to a vicious cycle of low self-esteem and discouragement from taking risks and trying new things.

Aiming for excellence instead of perfection is much more realistic and allows us to be mindful of what we’re capable of achieving without putting too much pressure on ourselves.


Procrastination can have a major impact on one’s mental health. It creates worry, stress, and guilt as time passes by, with no progress made on the task to be completed. This negative cycle often leads to an increase in anxiety. It becomes hard for people who struggle with procrastination to focus or concentrate on tasks that can interfere with their daily lives and performance at work or school. It is important for those dealing with procrastination to find healthy outlets and support systems to get out of the cycle of putting things off.
Learning to manage your time efficiently and complete tasks ahead of their deadlines can help reduce stress levels while allowing you enough time for self-care activities such as reading or exercising.

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Overthinking can lead to anxiety and depression due to its tendency to cause rumination on negative thoughts and situations from the past or present. Learning to focus on the present moment rather than worrying about the future or dwelling on the past can help you stay grounded in times of distress and better manage your mental health overall.


Comparing yourself to others is a toxic habit that can quickly spiral into feelings of jealousy and envy if left unchecked. Instead of comparing yourself with others, try focusing on yourself—your goals, your aspirations—and celebrate your accomplishments no matter how small they may seem! This will help cultivate a sense of self-love that will sustain you through difficult times without relying on external validation from those around you.

Seeking Approval

Seeking approval from others is another unhealthy habit that many people fall into without realizing it; this behavior stems from a need for external validation to feel good about oneself which can ultimately lead to feelings of insecurity. By learning how to accept yourself without relying on acceptance from those around you, you’ll be able to practice self-love, which will naturally foster healthy relationships with those close to you and strangers alike!

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Negative Self-Talk

Negative self-talk is one of the most unhelpful habits many people struggle with daily. It involves putting yourself down constantly with phrases like “I’m useless” or “I can’t do anything right.” This type of language affects your mood and influences how you interact with others because it causes feelings of worthlessness and hopelessness, which further impacts your mental well-being. Recognize when these thoughts arise and replace them with positive affirmations about yourself instead so that you can start seeing mental and physical progress.

Living In Fear

Fear can be paralyzing; it keeps us stuck in patterns we don’t want to be in because we don’t want to risk change out of fear that something worse could happen if we do so. The truth is that living in fear holds us back from experiencing life fully—we miss out on opportunities because we’re afraid to take chances due to our underlying fears and anxieties about what could go wrong if we do so. To break free from this cycle, start by identifying what triggers fear within you, then practice mindfulness techniques like deep breathing exercises or guided imagery whenever those fears come up so that they won’t stop you from living authentically anymore!

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Ignoring Your Emotions

Ignoring one’s emotions has become increasingly prevalent among individuals throughout society; however, suppressing one’s emotions only serves as an obstacle towards personal growth since emotions serve as vital indicators towards understanding ourselves better. It’s essential to try embracing whatever emotion(s) come up during tough situations by acknowledging them head-on instead of burying them deeper within ourselves, where they’ll inevitably resurface down the road anyways.

Final Thoughts

Unlearning unhelpful habits is an ongoing process but one worth taking on if you want to improve your overall mental health. By recognizing which areas need improvement first and then actively unlearning these patterns through conscious effort every day, anyone can make progress towards cultivating healthier emotional habits over time which will ultimately benefit their mental health overall! If you found difficulty unlearning any specific emotional pattern mentioned above (or any other), don’t hesitate to reach out for professional counseling/guidance—you deserve all the support necessary so that you may thrive emotionally!

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Hermione M.

My name is Hermione. I am the founder of WomenH and I write about women's health, wellness, mental health, and personal growth. I created this platform to inspire women to take care of themselves mentally, physically, and emotionally to become their best selves. Thank you for stopping by.

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